Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Even more on Alan Milburn's return to the Cabinet

Loads more on Alan's "return" to front line politics:

Straight from the horse's mouth, at the Prime Minister's press conference. (Or not. You'll learn very little about whether Alan Milburn is returning to the Cabinet from Tony Blair. I do like how the journalist manages to segway from the Olympics to the reshuffle, though.)

The BBC will be able to tell us surely? Erm, nope.

The Independent? "The Prime Minister, who is expected to announce his changes in the next 48 hours, is trying to persuade Alan Milburn, the former health secretary, to return to the Cabinet and has him in mind for an election role. Mr Brown, who views Mr Milburn as a long-term rival for the Labour leadership, oppposes the move. Sources said last night that Mr Milburn was undecided about returning to the Cabinet less than 15 months after quitting to spend more time with his family."

We also learn this about Alan: "Brown's arch-enemy, hated as much as Peter Mandelson. Seen as Chancellor's most dangerous rival in leadership stakes. Clashed with him on health reforms." I assume that's hated by Brown, not just generally.

The Scotsman who, for some reason, broke the story (to me at least) has more: "Tony Blair was understood to have held lengthy discussions with his close ally Alan Milburn"

And lots more, courtesy of Google. News.

Probably only two people really know whether Alan's returning to the Cabinet - Alan Milburn and Tony Blair. I don't imagine Alan will break ranks and tell us anything before Tony does, though, so we'll just have to wait and see. It's a bit like Christmas...

(All this might explain why no one from Alan's office has poted anything here yet.)


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