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After Tony Blair

The question

This week the Labour Party conference descended on Brighton. What do you think about Tony Blair's most likely successor?

Gordon Brown may have the potential to be a great prime minister, and would surely command more respect from the public than 'Teflon Tony'. But if a credible opposition emerges before the next election then surely the Labour Party's days in power are numbered. People will not forget being lied to over Iraq in a hurry.

Greg Riddle, 32, site agent, Linlithgow Through the media representation of the Labour party, he is the best known Labour MP behind Tony Blair and will become the next Labour leader, although I am sure that somebody will stand against him to raise their own profile. What I would like know is who will become the next Chancellor?

Andy Eggleston, 30, senior engineer Yorkshire What we always look for is inspirational leadership. The trouble is, after a couple of terms we cool to its excesses.

Churchill, Thatcher, Blair, perhaps, each in their ways?

Doubtless Gordon Brown will keep the seat warm just as John Major did post-Thatcher.

Jon Balley, 54, water engineer, Bucks Unless Prescott steps into the ring, Brown appears almost certain to succeed Blair and the party media machine seems to be working to this agenda.

This is possibly the least worst result for the UK, but it is the unmentioned novices vying for the then vacant role of Chancellor who could do more damage to the economy and our construction industry.

Simon Lawrence, 32, senior engineer, Cardiff Tony Blair has been prime minister longer than is good either for him or for the country;

the same is true for Gordon Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer. The obvious solution will not, I fear, serve the country any better, but is there any realistic alternative?

Anthony Taylor, 62, consultant, St Albans Does it really matter what we think about Gordon Brown?

Should a country's aspirations and wealth creating ability depend on only two people or have democracies lost the plot?

Charles Kennedy should replace Blair as PM because most voting has an anti-bias and maybe the Lib Dems can do something positive.

G Home, 56, project engineer, London I think Brown would be very foolish to succeed Blair as it has been signalled for so long. He is on a fail/fail strategy as he has been working to ensure that the financial situation is good and healthy but now his forecasts are being revised down. Let some new blood take over John D Brownlie, 57, project director, Shrewsbury This boring, non-productive, irrelevant, and incessant barroom talk is perpetuated by non-productive persons who have nothing else to do or write about.

Journalists delude themselves by thinking that anyone is really interested in this tosh.

John Sreeves, 47, senior engineer, Swindon

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