‘Bid to oust Brown damaged Labour’
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”.