‘Bid to oust Brown dam­aged Labour’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

LON­DON: A failed at­tempt to oust Gor­don Brown has dam­aged both the Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter and his Labour Party and boosted the op­po­si­tion Con­ser­va­tives ahead of an elec­tion due by June, ac­cord­ing to an opin­ion poll yes­ter­day.

The poll, in the Sun news­pa­per, said 67 per­cent of vot­ers ei­ther had no con­fi­dence in the rul­ing Labour Party or less con­fi­dence fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s un­suc­cess­ful putsch.

Two for­mer cab­i­net min­is­ters called for a se­cret bal­lot of Labour par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to de­cide if Brown should lead the party into an elec­tion.

While the call failed to win any high-level sup­port, an­a­lysts and me­dia com­men­ta­tors said Brown would be weak­ened by it and noted that many of his se­nior col­leagues took some time to de­clare their back­ing for him.

Brown dis­missed it as a “storm in a teacup”.

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