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Wednesday, 27 June, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 27 Jun 07, 06:02 PM

"And that is that…the end".
Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in the CommonsWe devote the whole of tonight's programme to the handover of Prime Ministerial power.

David Grossman was on the front row of the Commons press gallery for Tony Blair's last Prime Minister's Questions. He witnessed an unprecedented sending off by Blair's fellow Parliamentarians. Combat suspended - for a while at least - the former PM received warm tributes, a standing ovation, as well as many good hearted pats on the back, he even threw in some good jokes. David brings us the definitive account of the final hours of Blair's premiership.

"Let the work of change begin"
Michael Crick started his day at the Treasury and has been watching the equally compelling journey of Gordon Brown's path to Number 10. He'll have the latest news on any reshuffle announcements.

Jeremy will be interviewing top figures from all the three parties as well as Quentin Letts, Andrew Rawnsley and Jackie Ashley.

We also reveal the winner of the Order of the Brown Nose.

Do add your thoughts on what should be on Tony Blair's political epitaph.

Do join Jeremy at 22:30. Leave your thoughts below.

Blair's epitaph

  • Newsnight
  • 27 Jun 07, 02:24 PM

Blair's gravestoneOn this, Tony Blair's last day as prime minister, we'd like to invite you to write his political epitaph in 15 words. We'll publish the winner on our website.

Or send us your thoughts on his ten year premiership, and what policy changes you would like Gordon Brown to introduce.

Your epitaphs below please...

One member, how many votes?

  • Michael Crick
  • 27 Jun 07, 12:47 PM

brownvote203.jpgGordon Brown pledged at the Labour conference in Manchester to introduce one-member-one-vote in the party's policy making procedures - the same method, he said, as used to elect the party leadership.

Er, some problem with that surely?

The leadership isn't really elected by one-member-one-vote. All Labour MPs had at least two votes - one as an MP, and one as an ordinary party member - and many of them had other votes as members of affiliated trades unions and socialist societies. Indeed one deputy leadership contender admitted to me that they had eight votes last week - as an MP, a party member, a meber of two unions, and four affiliated societies.

I'd be fascinated to know if anybody could boast of even more votes than that.

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