September 13, 2008

OUTLASTING ANOTHER ONE:

Labour in civil war as rebels attempt to remove Gordon Brown: Rebel Labour MPs are attempting to remove Gordon Brown from power by provoking a "putsch" against the Prime Minister from inside the Cabinet, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. (Patrick Hennessy and Melissa Kite, 13 Sep 2008, Daily Telegraph)

They claim that up to 45 MPs are prepared to put their names to the move against Mr Brown, which would place him under severe pressure in the run-up to Labour's annual conference, beginning in Manchester on Saturday.

That would still be some way short of the 71 needed to force a contest. Leading opponents of Mr Brown said that their aim was to provoke a "substantial minority" of Cabinet ministers, numbering up to 10, into telling the Prime Minister: "The game is up."

Their tactics came to light as the revolt against Mr Brown gathered pace, with eight MPs publicly calling for a leadership contest.


Mr. Brown wisely tried portraying himself as an heir of Margaret Thatcher, but you can't if you distance yourself from Tony Blair and George W. Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2008 5:16 PM
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