The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has reshuffled his cabinet after a funding scandal forced the resignation of one of his ministers. Peter Hain stepped down as as Work and Pensions Secretary to clear his name as police investigate his failure to declare donations on time.
All of which is yet more ammunition for opposition leader David Cameron.
The Conservative Party leader said: “This is the right decision, but it should not have happened in this way. The Prime Minister should have said to Peter Hain weeks ago: “you have to give a full explanation or you can’t stay in the cabinet”. Instead we have had this long delay – when one of our most important departments in our country has been left without proper leadership and that’s just wrong.”
It is Brown’s first cabinet reshuffle since taking office seven months ago.
Hain’s replacement as head of Work and Pensions is James Purnell, who moves across from the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport.