Breaking News: Hoon & Hewitt Urge Brown to Quit

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  1. link doesn't work
  2. yes it does you skinny little minx
  3. Very odd. That story has suddenly disappeared from the BCC News site. Maybe Mandy had a word?
  4. FROM CON HOME. Statement expected at 13.00,

    Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt call for ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership

    The former Chief Whip and Health Secretary have written to all Labour MPs this morning calling for a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership. Unbelievable stuff for such senior party figures to be renewing the efforts to oust Brown this near to the general election.

    More to follow shortly.

    Guido has posted the devastating full text of their letter:

    Dear Colleague,

    As we move towards a General Election it remains the case that the Parliamentary Labour Party is deeply divided over the question of the leadership. Many colleagues have expressed their frustration at the way in which this question is affecting our political performance. We have therefore come to the conclusion that the only way to resolve this issue would be to allow every member to express their view in a secret ballot.

    This could be done quickly and with minimum disruption to the work of MPs and the Government. Whatever the outcome the whole of the party could then go forward, knowing that this matter had been sorted out once and for all.

    Strong supporters of the Prime Minister should have no difficulty in backing this approach. There is a risk otherwise that the persistent background briefing and grumbling could continue up to and possibly through the election campaign, affecting our ability to concentrate all of our energies on getting our real message across.
    Equally those who want change, should they lose such a vote, would be expected by the majority of the PLP to devote all of their efforts to winning the election. The implications of such a vote would be clear – everyone would be bound to support the result.

    This is a clear opportunity to finally lay this matter to rest. The continued speculation and uncertainty is allowing our opponents to portray us as dispirited and disunited. It is damaging our ability to set out our strong case to the electorate. It is giving our political opponents an easy target.

    In what will inevitably be a difficult and demanding election campaign, we must have a determined and united parliamentary party. It is our job to lead the fight against our political opponents. We can only do that if we resolve these distractions. We hope that you will support this proposal.

    Yours fraternally,

    Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt

    Jonathan Isaby
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  6. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

  7. Hope he doesn't go before the election - he's probably the best thing the Tories have going for them.
  8. Doubt it, if anything a leadership contest would push an election further away wouldn't it?

    If they want a leadership contest they should have had the balls to stand against him when Blair stood down.
  9. its a #WhiteOut in many parts of the Uk, will it be a #BrownOut in Westminster?
  10. edited cos i got beaten to it!
  11. General Election 25th March I'm reliably informed.
  12. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    Mr Hewitt?
  13. Cabinet heavyweights Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt?

  14. You are Mandy and I claim my £5 :)