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Bookies Bet Blair Will Leave

14 May 2004

LONDON – As reported by the Agence France Presse: " British bookmakers are reporting a surge in bets that Tony Blair will leave his post as prime minister before the next general election, with his popularity sliding in recent months amid waning support for Britain's role in Iraq.

"The popular London bookmaker William Hill was recently quoting odds of 14/1 that Blair would quit government in the coming 12 months, but on Thursday the odds had dropped to 8/1.

"…Gordon Brown, Britain's finance minister and Blair's key rival in the Labour party, is the uncontested favorite to succeed the prime minister at odds of 4/5 on…"

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