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Brown bruised by Blears resignation

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Brown bruised by Blears resignation


Pressure on Gordon Brown to quit is mounting a day before European and local elections.

The British Prime Minister looks set to be poll-axed in Thursday’s vote but the more acute crisis seems to be control of his cabinet and parliamentary Labour party. In a severe blow to Brown’s authority Communities Secretary Hazel Blears announced on Wednesday she is on her way out of government. Last month she was forced to pay back thousands of euros in expenses. While she may have jumped before being pushed in a widely anticipated cabinet resuffle that could see several key ministers get the chop, the timing could not be worse. Latest research gives Labour just 18 percent in the polls, the smaller parties such as the UK Independence Party and the Greens, which usually have a stronger showing in European elections, will be hoping to capitalise on Labour’s woes. But, with less than a year to go before a General election must be called it will be David Cameron’s conservatives who will be looking to give Brown his bloodiest nose. While no party has escaped the expenses furore some polls give the Tories a massive 22 point lead over their rivals. With such a wopping gap speculation is rife how much more pressure Brown can take before facing a party revolt.

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