May 23, 2008
Gordon Brown faces ‘quit now’ calls as Labour MPs panic (Philip Webster, 5/24/08, Times of London)
Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, was being earmarked by senior backbenchers as the figure to tell Mr Brown that they had lost confidence in him and that he should step aside unless there was a swift improvement in Labour’s fortunes.Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2008 6:04 PM
Graham Stringer was the first Labour MP to call for Mr Brown to go, saying that the party needed a new leader to save it from “disaster” at the next election. Ivan Lewis, the Health Minister, said that Crewe & Nantwich could mark the “beginning of the end” for Labour.
Cabinet sources said that a majority of ministers now doubted whether Labour could turn around its current deficit with Mr Brown in charge. Senior ministers were among those who told The Times privately that the party could not do nothing if it seemed to be heading towards certain defeat. [...]
No immediate move against Mr Brown appeared likely. Most ministers believe that he must be given until at least the conference season to reestablish himself. But last night Labour MPs were canvassing the names of candidates – Mr Straw, David Miliband, Alan Johnson, James Purnell and Andy Burnham – who they would expect to step forward if Mr Brown were persuaded to move out.