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Brown cracks down on Labour leadership rebels


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has continued to stamp his authority on his ruling Labour Party, sacking another senior member for disloyalty. It is Brown’s second strike in two days as unrest continues to swirl around him, stoked by economic gloom and collapsing poll ratings.

Joan Ryan, a Labour vice-chairman, had said Brown’s leadership was being discussed privately, and there should be an election: “The issue I have written to the party about, is about a leadership election. There are big issues facing this country. People want to discuss the direction in which we are going, they know it is being discussed inside the party. We need to have that debate.”

On Friday, Brown fired the junior minister Siobhain McDonagh, who had also called for a leadership contest, saying a huge number of Labour MPs agreed.

Labour is split between Brown’s supporters, and those like Foreign Minister David Miliband, promoted by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and who want a change of direction, and possibly leader.

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