Plot to oust Blair as PM revealed

Plot to oust Blair as PM revealed

The rivalry between Blair and Brown was an open secret, but this is the first time the intensity of their tussle for power has emerged on record.

The revelations are particularly damaging because the intrigues continued even as efforts were on to deal with the London blasts.

The Daily Telegraph obtained more than 30 memos belonging to Ed Balls, who was the education secretary then and one of Brown’s closest advisers.

It ran the story under the headline “Revealed: Ed Balls and the ‘brutal’ plot to topple Blair”. Blair stepped down as prime minister and Brown took over in June 2007.

Publishing the secret memos on Friday, the newspaper also names current Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander as being involved in ‘Project Volvo’, which was supposedly an attempt by his allies to re brand Brown in his bid to take over as the prime minister.

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