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Former Labour ministers 'planning memoirs'

13th May 2010

Gordon Brown's departure from 10 Downing Street could lead to a flurry of former ministers' memoirs hitting bookshelves, one commentator has suggested.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, political journalist Martin Beckford claimed Labour ministers may have felt that planning their accounts of the past 13 years could appear 'defeatist' before the result of the general election was finally decided.

'Now that the party has returned to opposition, key figures in the New Labour project may feel that the time is right for them to tell their side of the story,' he wrote.

Mr Beckford pointed out that former prime minister Tony Blair will publish his autography The Journey in September and could now feel more comfortable revealing the details of his working relationship with Mr Brown.

However, the journalist also suggested that a number of former ministers who are leaving politics could decide to join Mr Blair and publish their own insider accounts of the Labour government.

He tipped Stephen Byers, Geoff Hoon, Patricia Hewitt, Alan Milburn, James Purnell and Ruth Kelly as likely candidates.

Earlier this year, former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell told the Metro that his latest novel Maya is not based on his working relationship with Mr Blair, after the media speculated that it could be inspired by his inside knowledge of the politician.

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