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Gordon Brown In Hot Seat

June 5, 2009

There is no one that envies the short term problems of Gordon Brown.  This story just continues to mount and feed on itself.

Gordon Brown has unveiled a reshuffled cabinet and vowed to “fight on” with his “resilient” team to rescue the economy and clean up politics.

He admitted Labour had suffered “a painful defeat” in Thursday’s polls but added: “I will not waver. I will not walk away. I will get on with the job.”

And he unveiled Glenys Kinnock as Europe minister in a surprise move.

Two more cabinet ministers – Geoff Hoon and John Hutton – have stepped down but neither backed a challenge to the PM.

Speaking at a Downing Street media conference, Mr Brown said the current political crisis, fuelled by the Westminster expenses scandal “is a test of everyone’s nerve – mine, the Government’s the country’s”.

He added: “If I didn’t think I was the right person to lead these challenges I would not be standing here.

“I have faith in doing my duty… I believe in never walking away in difficult times.”

Mr Brown defended Chancellor Alistair Darling as a “very good personal friend” and said the idea that the pair were split over the economy was “ridiculous”.

Three new ministerial councils – the Democratic Renewal Council, the Domestic Policy Council and an enhanced National Economic Council – would report weekly to the cabinet, said Mr Brown.

But speculation about his future continued as Labour MP Ian Gibson said he was standing down to force a by-election in Norwich North – saying he thinks Mr Brown’s days “are close to being numbered”.

In other moves, Alan Johnson becomes home secretary and Andy Burnham succeeds him at health.

Caroline Flint has quit as Europe minister, with Glenys Kinnock, wife of former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, who recently stood down as an MEP as her successor – she will be appointed to the House of Lords to be able to take the job.


One Comment
  1. steve kane permalink
    June 5, 2009 9:00 PM

    They have all had thier hand in the till with their expenses and have brought this on them selves, people have lot trust.

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