They agreed not to stand against each other, it is said, as part of a supposed Blair—Brown pact.
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On 10 May 2007, during a speech at the , Blair announced his intention to resign as both Labour Party leader and prime minister.
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John Burton became Blair's and one of his most trusted and longest-standing allies.
Military intervention and the War on Terror In his first six years in office, Blair ordered British troops into combat five times, more than any other prime minister in British history.