May 23, 2008

BROWN OUT:

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.

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.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2008 6:04 PM
Comments

This reminds me...I should re-watch House of Cards this weekend.

Posted by: HT at May 23, 2008 6:26 PM

As it stands now, he's going to have the shortest prime minister ship since Douglas Home, orpossibly
Ramsay McDonald in 1931.

Posted by: narciso at May 23, 2008 9:18 PM
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