The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s fight to shore up his government looks increasingly desperate, as yet more ministers jump ship.
With poor results expected in local and European elections, John Hutton, the Defence Secretary has announced he’s to stand down.
It follows James Purnell, the Works and Pensions Secretary, who called on Brown to ‘stand aside’ as the polls closed last night. The resignations of Hutton and Purnell come as the Labour leader resuffled his top team.
Despite speculation Alistair Darling stays as Chancellor but Health Secretary Alan Johnson leaves for the home office. Critics are demanding Brown to go.
‘‘The events of the last two days show that this government has completely forfeited its right to govern. Anyone watching these events would just be asking what has happened to the authority of the government, what has happened to the authority of the prime minister,’‘ said conservative leader David Cameron.
‘‘Whether Gordon Brown stays, whether Gordon Brown goes, whether someone replaces him. Its all irrelevant, because the Labour government has run out of road. It’s finished,’‘ Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said.
The resignation of four cabinet ministers within a week combined with the growing revolt on Labour’s back benches only adds to the mounting pressure on the beleaguered prime minister.
The big question that remains, is how much more pressure he can take.
Pressure on Brown to quit intensifies