Blair: The view from the backbenches

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Frank Dobson, former health secretary (Holborn and St Pancras: "He was an enormous liability in this general election. If he had not been leader I doubt whether we would have lost a seat. We would probably have gained some. I think people should be saying look, Gordon Brown is the person who won us the general election and you, Tony, lost us a lot of seats."

Frank Dobson, former health secretary (Holborn and St Pancras)

"He was an enormous liability in this general election. If he had not been leader I doubt whether we would have lost a seat. We would probably have gained some. I think people should be saying look, Gordon Brown is the person who won us the general election and you, Tony, lost us a lot of seats."

Robin Cook, former foreign secretary (Livingstone)

"One of the questions that Tony needs to turn over in his own mind is if he wants to be remembered for his electoral success then is it sensible to put himself to another test of that electoral success next time we have to face the electorate? The question Tony Blair has to ask himself is can he by next year [the council elections in May] win back those people who deserted him this time."

Clive Efford, mainstream Labour, (Eltham)

"It will be impossible for Tony Blair to stay on for long. I favour an orderly transition to Gordon Brown. The outcome is inevitable."

Ian Davidson, eurosceptic Labour, (Glasgow South West)

"We should start succession planning now and recognise that effectively Tony Blair is a lame duck Prime Minister from day one... Plans for an 'unremittingly New Labour' third term are a car crash waiting to happen".

Jeremy Corbyn, left wing rebel (Islington North)

"The idea that we're going to go for several years with a Prime Minister who's said he's going to resign at some point is really not acceptable. I think he might well decide that the end of the G8 presidency [in December] is the time to go. "

John Austin left winger (Erith and Thamesmead)

"He was a liability and not an asset in this election. You can't beat about the bush. Blair was a negative factor on the doorstep, time and time and time again. We need a mechanism like the Tories where the grandees go round and tell the leader it is time for him to go."

Des Turner, mainstream Labour, (Brighton Kemptown)

"It would be nice to see Brown crowned as early as the next party conference [in September]. There is only one choice for leader. I don't think anyone else need apply for the job."

Jon Trickett, mainstream Labour, (Hemsworth)

"The overwhelming feeling in my constituency is that Tony Blair has had his day. During the campaign I heard these sentiments couched in strong and even abusive language. I have been loyal to the party's domestic agenda but there must now be a smooth transition to Gordon Brown sooner rather than later, and certainly before next year's local elections."

Kate Hoey, former Sports Minister, (Vauxhall)

"I think probably that in constituencies like mine there would not be huge unhappiness if he was to go sooner rather than later."

Glenda Jackson, left wing rebel (Hampstead and Highgate)

"The people have spoken. In fact they've screamed at the top of their lungs. And their message is clear. They want Tony Blair gone."

David Hamilton, mainstream (Midlothian)

"The leadership issue should be dealt with after the G8 and EU presidencies [which end in December]"

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