Brown says he will lead Labour to next electionJune 21st, 2009 - 2:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 21 (ANI): Dashing hopes of Labour Party rebels, British Prime Minister has declared that he will be leading the party at the next election, and has no intention on quitting the leadership.
“I’m just getting on with the job. It is because of my purpose in politics that I’m determined to lead Labour to the next general election. We must and will win,” Brown told the News of the World.
Just a day ago, headlines had suggested that Brown could walk away from Downing Street at any moment, but his recent interview was unequivocal.
It is the first time when Brown has said he will stay on - and he denies it’s because he likes being in power.
“It has never been the trappings of power I care about,” he explains, “but what we can do in power to help hard-pressed families.”
Just two weeks ago Brown was fighting for his political life after a controversial Cabinet shake-up. But now he insists he has a united team.
“I think people want to work for a common purpose and I think it’s really important that, when things are difficult. In every political party there are different opinions and moods and attitudes. I don’t think much about that at all. I get on with the job,” he said.
Brown admits the heavy poll defeats in the European and local elections were a “referendum”. But he views it as a response to the MPs’ expenses scandal and the economic crisis, not to his leadership.
Stubbornly, he insists that Labour are the only political party that will not cut public services.
“I think it’s incredibly important for people to recognise that we’re not just a party - we’re a cause,” he explains.
On the wave of redundancies sweeping the country, Brown says: “People will look back on this downturn and say that probably 500,000 more jobs would have gone if we hadn’t taken the action we’ve taken. (ANI)
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