Britain’s beleaguered Prime Minister has called for unity ahead of his party’s annual decision-making conference which starts on Saturday.
It comes as a new poll suggests the majorty of grassroots Labour members want him to resign.
But Gordon Brown has hit back, saying he will not be forced out by rebels and warned that “this is not a time for faint hearts.”
It has been a terrible week for Brown. He sacked a junior minister who called for a leadership contest, while another minister resigned days later over the same issue.
On top of that, Brown’s popularity ratings are the worst for a prime minister in 70 years.
And as Britain faces a recession, his ability to lead Labour into the next election, in two years’ time, could depend on his performance at the party conference.
If he is going to win over his doubters and show the public he has what it takes to lead, Brown has little time to do it.
Opinion polls show his party is lagging 20 points behind the opposition Conservatives.