From the archives: Tony Blair says goodbye to the Commons

April 27, 2009 at 12:52 am Leave a comment

Prime Ministers leave office in a variety of ways. Some, such as Margaret Thatcher, are forced out by their own colleagues and return to the backbenches.

Others go into a general election as PM and emerge on the other side as Leader of the Opposition. In modern times, they all remained in the House, on the backbenches, for at least a few years.

Tony Blair was an exception.

His last Prime Minister’s Questions was also his last appearance in the House, as he had resigned his seat at the same time he relinquished his leadership of the Labour party and the keys to No. 10 to Gordon Brown.

His departure witnessed unprecendented scenes – the Opposition, led by David Cameron, even gave him a standing ovation.

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