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Beleaguered Brown faces his longest weekend

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Britain’s Gordon Brown is clinging on to his premiership after a wave of top level resignations,  but the next 48 hours could tell a different story.
 
The need to replace a total of six senior ministers   forced the beleaguered leader into a hasty cabinet reshuffle, although Brown did hit back at his critics.
 
In a press conference designed to bolster his authority, Gordon Brown said: “If I didn’t think I was the right person, leading the right team then I would not be standing here. I have chosen a  cabinet who are likewise committed to serving the nation first and foremost,” Brown told journalists. 
 
But media speculation is rife that Brown cannot hold on. Although all political parties have been scared by an expenses scandal, it is the quitting of 10 Labour politicians over the last few days which has seriously wounded Brown - and the  opposition Conservatives can smell blood.
 
Conservative leader, David Cameron said: “I think all roads lead to a general election. Whether it is the view that we can’t go along with the government that is weak and divided, whether it’s the need for a fresh start, whether it’s the need to ask the people what they think of the political scandal and the MPs that have done wrong.”
 
A strong Conservative showing in local election results confirmed Labour’s misery - it is projected that the ruling party will only win 23 percent of the national vote, Labour’s worst ever performance.
 
And there are still the European parliamentary election results to come on Sunday.  Once they are digested, Monday morning could see the climax of Brown’s troubles.