The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s political future looks increasingly dependent on the outcome of European and local elections.
He faces a full scale mutiny within his party if as expected the result is a disaster. A perfect storm of poor poll ratings, the expenses scandal and high-profile cabinet resignations have undermined Brown’s authority. Nothing but good news for Conservative leader David Cameron seen voting earlier today. With a general election due within the next year opinion polls give his party a massive lead. However, no party has escaped the political backlash from the expenses scandal and fears of an extremely low turnout remain a concern. Liberal democrat leader Nick Clegg who is also seeking to capitalise on Labour’s woes is urging people to vote. ‘‘There are big things at stake today. Democracy must carry on, it’s important that we send good MPs to Brussels who can do good things for British families,’‘ Clegg said. The levels of voter turnout remains mixed, just like Gordon Brown’s fate. Close aids to the prime minister claim there is zero chance of him stepping down. However, some reports suggest around a 75 rebel Labour MP’s are ready to trigger a leadership election by calling on Brown to go. That effort to oust Brown reportedly came in the shape of a leaked email. Earlier today, the pound fell three cents against the dollar — a taste perhaps of how the markets may react to further questions over the prime ministers leadership.