The future of Blair's premiership is not, and must not be allowed to be, just a matter for the Labour Party, says North Thanet's MP, Roger Gale.
Speaking in his constituency this (Wednesday) morning the MP said:
"Too many commentators, including those working within national television and radio, appear to be treating what is a leadership crisis as an internal squabble that is the prerogative of Labour Ministers and Members of Parliament. It is no such thing.
We are faced with an international situation in which British service personnel are dying almost daily in Afghanistan or Iraq; the ceasefire in the Middle East is highly volatile and renewed hostilities could erupt at any moment; at home the Health Service is facing financial meltdown and there are grave concerns over law and order and immigration. In the midst of all this the country is in the hands of a dead-duck Prime Minister whose staff appear more concerned with his "legacy" - or how to win him a Blue Peter badge - than with the running of the Country.
For the sake of the United Kingdom the premiership issue has to be resolved now, not in several months time, and if Blair still has any vestige of respect or affection for this country then he should recognise that fact and pave the way for an imminent leadership election and handover of power or, better still, call a general election and let the British people have their say."