I was amazed to hear today that former cabinet ministers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt have written to Labour MPs calling for a secret ballot of Labour MPs to back or sack Brown. I wouldn't have thought this is the cleverest thing to do, so close to the General Election. Surely if Labour MPs wanted to ditch Brown it should have happened at least 12 months before a planned election? This just reopens old wounds and makes Labour look divided in the run up to the election.
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