Ladies and Gentleman, it's ten years to the day since I first walked across
the threshhold of Number Ten Downing Street. In those ten years we have achieved
much, but there is still much to do for our New Labour government. You have
placed your trust in me in three general election victories. I now place my
trust in you. And I place my trust in my successor.
Ten years is a long time for any Prime Minister to hold office. I had always intended to announce my departure on this day. But I say to the British people - our project will continue. New Labour will renew itself. There can be no turning back if Labour is to achieve an historic fourth election victory.
You really can imagine this happening, can't you? A final flourish, a final dramatic gesture from the great showman. It would be typical of the man. And the bottom line is that it wouldn't do any harm to Labour's turnout and vote on May 3rd.