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Gordon Brown fights for his future

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  1. BAK

    BAK JF-Expert Member

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    [centre]BBC News Online

    Hutton quits in cabinet reshuffle

    ]John Hutton: "I'm not deserting Gordon, I'm not deserting my party"
    Defence Secretary John Hutton has become the latest minister to quit the government - although he says he will remain loyal to Gordon Brown.

    It comes after James Purnell quit as work and pensions secretary with a call for the PM to "stand aside" to prevent Labour defeat at the next election.

    Mr Brown is reshuffling his top team as he fights for his political future.

    Alan Johnson moves to the Home Office but Chancellor Alistair Darling and other key figures stay in place.

    Universities Secretary John Denham is expected to succeed Hazel Blears as communities secretary - after earlier suggestions he might replace Mr Johnson at health.

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper is expected to replace Mr Purnell as work and pensions secretary.

    Alistair Darling - stays as chancellor
    Alan Johnson - new home secretary
    David Miliband - stays as foreign secretary
    Jack Straw - stays as justice secretary
    Lord Mandelson - stays as business secretary
    Yvette Cooper - new work and pensions secretary
    Ed Balls - stays as schools secretary
    John Denham - new communities secretary
    John Hutton - quitting as defence secretary
    Jim Murphy - stays as Scottish Secretary
    Sir Alan Sugar - enterprise czar (non-Cabinet post)

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    Mr Hutton said he thought fellow Blairite minister James Purnell had made "the wrong decision".

    "I'm standing down from the cabinet today because I'm leaving frontline politics," Mr Hutton told the BBC.

    "I'm not going to be contesting my seat in the next general election and I think it's absolutely right that Gordon, who I'm supporting as our prime minister and party leader, should have a cabinet that's going to take him through the next election and beyond."

    He denied that as the fourth cabinet minister to quit in recent days he was "leaving a sinking ship".

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson said Mr Hutton's decision not to attack Mr Brown - coupled with the loyalty of Alan Johnson, who was tipped by some backbenchers as a possible leadership contender - had shored up his position as prime minister.

    Election losses

    But Gordon Brown was not getting the reshuffle he had planned a week ago, he added.

    Alistair Darling had turned down a move to the Home Office and Mr Purnell had been "sounded out" about the job of education secretary, which would have paved the way for Mr Brown's ally Ed Balls to become chancellor, but that was not now going to happen.

    Mr Balls is expected to remain as schools secretary, sources suggest.

    Many Labour backbenchers who were ready to call for a change of leader will now be asking themselves: 'If they're not willing to act to end this, why should I?'

    Nick Robinson's blog
    And Labour is still bracing itself for further bad results after losses declared so far in English local elections.

    Cabinet ministers have lined up to back Mr Brown and criticise Mr Purnell's surprise call for Mr Brown to quit, with none so far indicating they were ready to follow his lead.

    Foreign Secretary David Miliband, seen as a political ally of Mr Purnell, said he was "dismayed" by the move, adding: "I think he is a big loss to the government but I don't share his judgement."

    Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said he "regretted" Mr Purnell's decision to quit but said he had done so because "he did not like the face of the man at the top" rather than through any policy differences.

    "He has made an electoral calculation and I think he has got it wrong. The rest of the cabinet is behind the prime minister," said Lord Mandelson, who added that Mr Brown was the "biggest figure in British politics to lead the country in the face of very difficult times".

    Sugar backing

    Harriet Harman also joined in the criticism of Mr Purnell, telling GMTV: "If James Purnell wants to make his decision to leave the government, then that's a matter for him, but he's not entitled to say that the prime minister has to go too, and he's not going to."

    Business tycoon Sir Alan Sugar, who has been appointed an "enterprise czar" in the reshuffle, also backed Mr Brown saying: "We are in an emergency situation as far as the economic conditions go... I can not think of a better person to be in place."

    Cameron: Time for general election
    One group of Labour MPs have told the BBC they may delay their plans to circulate an e-mail gathering support for Mr Brown to quit.

    But some Labour backbenchers were repeating their calls for Mr Brown to go.

    Senior Labour MP Barry Sheerman told BBC News he wanted Mr Brown to stand down and predicted many of his backbench colleagues would vote that way if they were "liberated by a secret ballot".

    Conservative leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg repeated their calls for a general election.

    Mr Cameron told BBC News the government had "lost the right to govern," adding: "We have a government in complete chaos. We really do deserve better than this."

    Mr Clegg said Mr Brown's future as PM was "irrelevant" because the Labour government was "finished" and had "run out of road".


    "The Labour Party has no right, at a time when people are crying out for help, to hold the country to ransom with its own splits and infighting," he added.

    Mr Purnell's resignation came as the polls closed on Thursday for the European and English local elections.

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    Send us your comments In a letter published in several newspapers, the work and pensions secretary said he was not seeking the leadership but wrote: "I now believe your continued leadership makes a Conservative victory more, not less likely. That would be disastrous for our country."

    It comes after the resignation of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, Communities Secretary Hazel Blears and two junior ministers.

    Labour is, meanwhile, waiting for more English local elections results to be declared - with those so far suggesting they could be among the party's worst.

    Recriminations have already begun, with John Prescott blaming Harriet Harman, his successor as Labour's deputy leader, for running a "non-campaign" and accusing her and other cabinet ministers of being "resigned to defeat".

    Labour is finished, claims Clegg
    In a strongly-worded broadside on his Labour Home blog, Mr Prescott also singled out elections co-ordinator Douglas Alexander, Europe minister Caroline Flint and former Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears for heavy criticism.

    John Prescott warned that the Labour Party should not blame the results solely on the expenses scandal but also on senior ministers' "dereliction of duty".

    And he attacked Mr Purnell over his decision to quit the cabinet, saying he was "not so much a Blairite as a careerite".

    The results of the European election, which was also held on Thursday, will start to be published from 2100 BST on Sunday.
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    Aisee ktk hii 'Brown Crisis' kama kuna mwanasiasa aliyenishangaza ni yule Mwana Mama, Ex-Europe minister-Caroline Flint ambaye jana jioni alifanya mahojiano na waandishi wa habari na solidly akamtetea Waziri mkuu Brown,lakini ndani ya masaa24,(she didn't get what she wanted)amegeuka/amejiuzulu na kumwaga 'sumu' kali ya maneno dhidi ya Bw.Brown.This is the most amaizing flip-flop political decision i have ever seen.
    ....nilishasema,na ntarudia tena;sijapata kuona binadamu wanaogombea nafasi za uongozi ili waje wawatumikiye watu,bado sijapata kuona!!
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    Son of Alaska JF-Expert Member

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    GORDON BROWN must be the weakest leader to ever grace LABOUR'S top job,he is now a lame sitting duck,who is just postponing the inevitable doomsday.IT Iis now just a matter of time for labour to face the biggest defeat in her electoral history.AS a labour member i now fear the worst,there is just no way out.the CONSERVATIVES know the coming election is theirs for the taking
  4. Kweli

    Kweli JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu I always believe politics is a dirty game and all politicians are generally LIARS, to be a good politician and move some grade you need to be a damn good liar/actor as well.
    Flip-fopping in politics are norms.
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  5. Kweli

    Kweli JF-Expert Member

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    We all saw it's coming. It all started going pear shape with Blair's Iraq war, the death of Dr Kelly and Robin Cook, the open door policy to Immigration especially the influx of Eastern Europeans and poor Gordon just inherits all the problems, plus global economic downturn didn't help him at all, and then the MP's expenses claims finish off the Labour party completely.
    Mimi sio member wa Labour ila nawasapoti na kuwapigia kura kwa vile ndio chama kilichotutetea wahamiaji, sasa tujiandae kusuka maana ujio wa Ma-conservative ni imminent na hatujui watakuja na policies gani?
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    .....and the so called' Blair babes' whom4 the whole week have been squabbling with him,Flint said He(Mr.Brown) treated them as 'female window dressing'...he realy has some tuff times ahead....thinking of all those backbenchers.
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    Mubii Senior Member

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    It is very unfornate that Mr Brown yupo kwenye hali hii. Nasikia ni mtu mwenye uwezo mkubwa kiakili na aliperform vizuri sana academically. Inasikitisha kwenye siasa mambo hayamwendei vizuri. Huenda huu ni mfano kwamba success darasani sio lazima iwe success nje ya academics. Mwasemaje kwa hili?