9/18/08

Labor Party free-fall may snag Barack

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Collectivist, union-backed Labor Party faces a wipe-out in United Kingdom

Gordon Brown's woes deepened last night after a poll put the Tories a staggering 28 points ahead of Labour. The Ipsos/Mori poll put Conservative support at 52 per cent - their highest level in 20 years. If repeated at the next general election, it would mean a virtual Labour wipe-out.

The poll put Labour support at only 24 per cent, while backing for the Lib Dems remained unchanged at 12 per cent.

The results pile further pressure on the PM as Labour delegates prepare to gather in Manchester for their annual conference.

The poll also found 76 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with the way the Government are running the country, with 69 per cent unhappy with Brown's performance.

Meanwhile, a Scots MP last night denied he was set to quit as a ministerial aide.

Falkirk West MP Eric Joyce, parliamentary private secretary to business secretary John Hutton, said he was focusing on helping Labour win Glenrothes.

But appearing on television yesterday, Joyce gave only lukewarm support to Gordon Brown.

Asked if he backed the PM to turn around Labour's fortunes, he said: "At this stage, as we go into conference, it's essential that we are unified and see what Gordon has to say on Monday."

Joyce's comments followed the resignation of Scotland Office minister David Cairns after he voiced his own concerns about Labour's leadership.

Around a dozen Labour MPs have also called for leadership nomination forms in an attempt to trigger a contest.

Adding to the sense of gloom in Downing Street, it also emerged last night that Cabinet minister James Purnell had branded the attempts to silence the Labour rebels as "ridiculous".

The work and pensions secretary said: "It would be ridiculous to pretend you can't complain when you're worried.

"I'm not going to condemn people or question motives. But I don't agree with what they did."

Scots secretary Des Browne yesterday warned the Prime Minister's critics that there was no one else able to take his place.

He said: "There is no one in the political landscape of this country who is better qualified to lead us through these difficult times."

(dailyrecord.co.uk)

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