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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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Put it to the vote

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Thursday, 10 September 2009 at 12:51 pm
Not every story in the Daily Mail is rubbish. And I hope I am not saying this just because it furthers the cause of the AJ4PM campaign, but Tim Shipman's report this morning is significant.

Labour MPs plan to run a 'Gordon must go' candidate in party elections next month in a fresh bid to force the Prime Minister to resign.

A senior backbencher is being lined up to call for Mr Brown's head and give MPs the chance to voice their dismay at his performance - without the need for a full-blown leadership election.

Rebels are planning to put up a candidate for the Parliamentary Committee, a panel of senior backbenchers which meets once a week with the Prime Minister, when MPs return to Westminster next month.

The 'coup candidate' will run on a single platform - a call for Mr Brown to stand aside and let someone else lead Labour into the General Election.
This is a clever device for one reason above all others. Elections to the Parliamentary Committee are carried out by secret ballot.



eventsdearboy wrote:
Thursday, 10 September 2009 at 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm. I have to disagree with you on this one. It is too public and obvious. I have blogged and Hopi has joined in.


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