The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown appears to have snuffed out the mini-mutiny within his own Labour party ranks. An upbeat Brown today held the first meeting of his re-shuffled Cabinet, seemingly determined to begin the daunting task of winning the next general election.
The Labour rebels who spoke out against him have lost their best chance of ousting him on the back of a string of high profile resignations and disastrous local council and European election results. The Culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw said: “There is no leadership challenge, there is no other leadership candidate. The public and Labour party supporters expect us to get on with the job of reforming parliament, getting us through the economic downturn.” Labour suffered its worst poll results in a national vote since 1910 this week, slumping to third place in European elections. Further leadership speculation cannot be ruled out if poll ratings – which currently show Labour lagging up to 20 points behind the main opposition Conservative Party – do not improve. The next election must be held by mid-June 2010 at the latest.