Lord Falconer suggests Gordon Brown to step down

June 7th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Gordon Brown London, June 7 (ANI): Former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has suggested British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to step down from leadership in a bid to reunite the Labour party.

“I think we are moving moderately quickly towards the need for a change and that change may be a change in leadership. We need unity above all. Can we get unity under the current leadership? I am not sure that we can,” The Telegraph quoted Lord Falconer, as saying.

Lord Falconer is the most senior figure so far to call for a leadership debate.

According to the Telegraph, a series of Cabinet Members allied to the former Prime Minister resigned as part of an organised plot to force out the Prime Minister.

The party may face another blow when the European election results are announced.

“The results are going to be terrible - there’s no point beating about the bush on that - terrible for Labour,” Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said.

More than 250 Labour councillors will adjust to life out of office this week after the spectacular election defeat that left the party without control of a single county in England.

In Staffordshire, 29 of Labour’s 32 councillors were struck out of office–a fitting end to one of the most chaotic election campaigns in memory, which saw all parties consumed by the row over MPs expenses and one local Labour MP calling for Gordon Brown’s resignation even as the count was under way.

Sitting in the empty council chamber, the county’s new Tory leader Philip Atkins illustrated the enormity of his party’s victory.

“All that used to be Labour, all of that area,” he said, pointing at the benches. “They won’t even fill a single row from this week.”

The last time the Conservatives controlled Staffordshire was 28 years ago when Prince Charles was engaged to Lady Diana

Now, the scale of Labour’s collapse was already apparent even before candidates arrived at the Knutton Recreation Centre on the bleak outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme to see the ballot boxes opened. (ANI)

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