Labour members mull revolt against Brown: BBC

July 27th, 2008 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Gordon Brown
London, July 27 (DPA) Leading members of Britains’s ruling Labour Party are mulling a possible revolt against Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the wake of the stinging defeat in a by-election in Glasgow, BBC reported Sunday. The report said that among others, former ministers may be pushing for Brown to announce his resignation after the summer holiday break.

But Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Brown, appealed to the party to stand behind the prime minister.

“A plot to topple Brown would be a big mistake,” he said.

“I am absolutely convinced that Gordon Brown is the right man to be leading the party,” Straw commented Saturday.

Brown himself has rejected any thought of resigning.

“I’m getting on with the job and I think it’s important that in difficult economic circumstances we take the right decisions for the future to get fuel prices down, to get food prices down, to make sure we get the housing market moving,” Brown said before heading for his summer holidays.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) unseated Labour party in a by-election in the Glasgow East constituency, which had been a Labour stronghold since the 1920s.

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