http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6464553.stmGordon Brown must not be challenged for the Labour leadership, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has said.
Mrs Beckett told the BBC it would be better if the chancellor was not distracted by a serious rival.
Her comments follow former Home Secretary Charles Clarke's public call to Environment Secretary David Miliband to challenge Mr Brown.
Former minister Michael Meacher and MP John McDonnell have already announced they will stand in any contest.
But none are considered a serious threat to Mr Brown, who is expected to take over as leader from Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Gordon must have his coronation eh Margaret? There's going to be blood on the dance floor here, I wouldn't have believed Beckett and the leadership , can be so far divorced from their members they think this flagrant affront to leadership procedure will go unchallenged.