UK’s Straw to run Brown party leadership bid

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LONDON (AFX) – Britain’s former foreign secretary Jack Straw is set to run Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown’s campaign for the governing Labour Party leadership, according to a letter from Straw made public today.
Straw told lawmakers Saturday he is in ‘absolutely no doubt’ that the long-serving chancellor is the right person to take over from Tony Blair.
Blair is due to stand down in the coming months and Brown is widely expected to succeed him. As leader of the biggest party in parliament, Brown would automatically become prime minister without a general election being called.
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