by Gary J
Thu Sep 7th, 2006 at 09:51:19 AM EST
Just on BBC News 24
Brown just making a statement to TV
It is for the Prime Minister to make a decision. I will support him. Tony Blair and I have worked together for more than 20 years.
From the diaries, with some form edits. Use as as Blair open thread. - Jerome
Nick Robinson (political editor)
Just a formula. What Brown had to say. Might last until end of today or a few days.
People around Blair, including Mrs Blair, want someone else to take over.
Prime Minister to speak in the next hour.
Background on BBC website.
"Tony Blair will announce later he will be stepping down as prime minister within the next 12 months, Downing Street has confirmed.
He will make a statement on his future between 1400 BST and 1500 BST.
He is not expected to give a precise departure date but Commons leader Jack Straw has indicated the prime minister plans to hand over power in May.
Chancellor Gordon Brown said he has told Mr Blair it "is for him to make the decision" when he goes".
Blair apologises - not our finest hour.
Preferred to do in his own way, not possible.
Last conference as party leader. Not right to give specific date now. Would come a time to set it out.
Country comes first. Can't treat public as irrelevant bystanders. Get on with the countries business.