Labour Pressure Builds On Gordon Brown To Go
Pressure is building from the Labour Party for Brown to step down as PM and party leader.
As Tory and Liberal Democrat negotiators worked “flat out” towards a power-sharing deal that would put David Cameron in Downing Street, Mr Brown was holed up in No 10 with his closest advisers — Ed Balls, Alastair Campbell and Lord Mandelson.
All three men, however, are now thought to agree that his time is up and that, whatever the constitutional position, he should signal that he accepts his defeat and, perhaps, lay out a time frame for his departure.
That would mean that Mr Brown would stay on as caretaker leader while his successor is chosen — avoiding the political uncertainty of having his party deputy, Harriet Harman, take the reins. Ms Harman was also at No 10 this morning.
Brown can’t be gone soon enough.