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Old 06.01.2010, 15:18
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Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

Its like re-arranging the decking on the Titanic

MPs Call For Vote On Brown Leadership

Miranda Richardson, Sky News Online

Two former Cabinet ministers are calling for a secret ballot of Labour MPs to resolve the issue of Gordon Brown's leadership "once and for all".

Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt have written to all members of the parliamentary party asking them to support a vote.
The chairman of the PLP, Tony Lloyd, said Mr Hoon and Ms Hewitt had "very little support" for their campaign and backbencher Geraldine Smith described it as a "coward's charter" written by a "small bunch of malcontents".
But Ex-Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who has questioned Mr Brown's leadership in the past, said he backed the move.
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Dear Colleague,
As we move towards a General Election it remains the case that the Parliamentary Labour Party is deeply divided over the question of the leadership. Many colleagues have expressed their frustration at the way in which this question is affecting our political performance. We have therefore come to the conclusion that the only way to resolve this issue would be to allow every member to express their view in a secret ballot.


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Old 06.01.2010, 15:19
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

Stepping forward... nobody.

Mandy had his chance for a portrait in #10; he'll have to wait a bit now, though.
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Old 06.01.2010, 15:22
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

They may as well go down with Gordo at the helm, at least that way they have someone to blame.
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

All this to see who will lead the shadow cabinet after the election
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Old 06.01.2010, 15:38
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

No surprise, just rats leaving a sinking HMS Gordon.

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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

Who in there right mind would want to be leader of the Labour Party before an election that they will undoubtedly not win?

Most people would say let Labour loose and then Gordon Brown would have to resign as leader.

However, if Labour were to elect a new leader then it would be possible that a few MPs would win seats that are marginal; i.e. some MPs would have a job for another four years and lets face it most are unemployable and certainly not worth the salary and expenses they get as an MP.
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Old 06.01.2010, 15:48
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

Wow,

Guess this is what happens when GQ determines you are worst dressed of 2009.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-sto...5875-21940661/
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Old 06.01.2010, 15:52
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

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All this to see who will lead the shadow cabinet after the election

Don't know if its still the case, but the leader of the opposition used to get paid more then the PM, now with there expenses gone mp's are hard up don't you know.
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Old 06.01.2010, 20:02
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Most people would say let Labour loose and then Gordon Brown would have to resign as leader.
Labour have been on the loose for a while now . . .
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Old 07.01.2010, 22:35
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Re: Gordon Brown faces leadership challenge

Today's article by The Economist on the failed coup:

http://www.economist.com/displaystor...ry_id=15213363

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