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Brown battles on as new cabinet meets

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Brown battles on as new cabinet meets


The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appears to have survived calls for him to quit, quelling for the moment a mutiny within his Labour party. Ahead of a meeting of his newly-resuffled cabinet the Foreign Secretary David Milliband said Labour did not want a new leader. The leading candidate to replace the Prime Minister, the new Home Secretary Alan Johnson, was also said to be backing him.

Despite the party’s worst electoral results for 99 years and a spate of ministerial resignations, Brown has vowed to fight on. Admitting mistakes in his leadership style, he avoided the axe after a crisis meeting on Monday night with Labour backbenchers. The majority are thought to have thrown their weight behind him ahead of a general election due within the next year, and which the opposition Conservatives are tipped to win.

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