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Did Blair want Charles Clarke to succeed him as Labour leader?

Did Blair want Charles Clarke to succeed him as Labour leader?
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Ben Brogan picks up on an interview with Charles Clarke in tomorrow's New Statesman in which the former Home Secretary claims Tony Blair wanted him to be Labour leader.  Here' s the key passage from the interview:

"[Blair] had a great plan, apparently, that he wanted me to be foreign secretary because he thought that if I had been foreign secretary and home secretary I would be a credible opponent to Gordon, as the leader of the party. And this had been his long-standing strategy, and that was what he had been intending to do, and that's what he hoped to do."

All immaterial now, I guess.  But an intriguing footnote to the Blair-Brown struggle nonetheless.