Blair–Brown deal

Blair–Brown Deal

Blair–Brown deal

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The Blair–Brown deal (or Granita Pact) was an alleged gentlemen's agreement made between the British politicians Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in the summer of 1994. It is widely believed the two met in the now-defunct Granita restaurant in Islington, London, following the death of Labour Party leader John Smith on 12 May, and Brown agreed, in return for certain promises, that he would stand aside to allow Blair to become leader of the party, and possible future prime minister.

According to several authors, Gordon Brown agreed not to stand in the 1994 Labour Party leadership election, effectively giving Blair a clear run and allowing him to lead Labour into the next UK general election (which was eventually held in 1997). In return, it was agreed that Brown would be granted wide powers over domestic policy in a Blair administration.

Further, according to a widely-held belief, Blair also agreed that, if he acceded to the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, he would stay in the job for an unspecified but not indefinite period of time. He would then resign and support Brown to follow him as Labour Party leader and prime minister. The Labour Party does not select its...
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