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Daily View: Leadership challenge

Clare Spencer | 09:51 UK time, Thursday, 7 January 2010

Geoff Hoon and Patricia HewittPolitics bloggers try to make sense of a a day of drama in which two ex-Cabinet ministers called for a secret ballot of Labour MPs to decide on Gordon Brown's leadership.

In Political Betting Mike Smithson puts his money on Gordon Brown going the distance:

"Whatever your feelings about him you have to admire the extraordinary resilience of Gordon Brown. Will he be there on general election day? Most probably."

Alastair Campbell says in his blog the challenge brought out support for Brown:

"Fair to say the news I caught was a bit of a disaster for the party, after what has been a better than expected start to the year in terms of getting stuck in a bit more to the Tories. It has also had the inevitable effect of making people come out and state their support for GB, somewhat defeating the object I'd have thought. I've seen the wave of support for GB on Twitter and Facebook from Labour activists, and it has been very encouraging. If it was a plot, it did not appear to be a very deep one."

John Prescott put up a YouTube video suggesting Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon should ballot party members instead of ministers:

"Can I suggest they go back to their constituency parties, put their views, let them have a secret ballot, and then they'll know the results. After all, are not ordinary party members worth it?"

Benedict Rogers at Conservative Home says this is proof the Labour party has become a "farce":

"If Labour MPs cannot decide whether or not they have confidence in their party's leader, why on earth do they think the British people can be expected to have confidence in their leadership?"

Alex Massie in the Spectator calls the attempt to challenge Gordon Brown laughable:

"Tweedle-Who? and Tweedle-Hoon concocted a plot so comically useless that it seems possible that the only question is whether it will be remembered for its stupidity or its ineptitude."

Faisal Islam from Channel 4 News's Snowblog widens out the context:

"The irony here is that despite everything, Gordon Brown may well be on the verge of some relatively Happy Days, at least for himself.
There's a big date circled in the Number 10 calendar, and it's also circled by George Osborne's closest aides. Tuesday 26 January 2010. On that day, we will get official confirmation that the recession is over."

Links in full


SpectatorAlex Massie | Spectator | Labour's Useless Plotters Should Watch The Wire
SpectatorJames Forsyth | Spectator | Not over until David Miliband supports Brown
Channel 4Faisal Islam | Channel 4 News | Happy days for a beleaguered Brown
Politcal BettingMike Smithson | Political Betting | What's the future of the Snow -Plot Six?
Alistair CampbellAlastair Campbell | On Hoon-Hewitt and John Prescott
You TubeJohn Prescott | YouTube | Hewitt, Hoon and Clarke should all face secret ballots
Paul Flynn MPPaul Flynn | Read My Day | How not to conspire
Conservative HomeBenedict Rogers | Conservative Home | Labour has become a farce
Shane GreerShane Greer | Labour Need to Dump Brown

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