James Purnell Quits The Cabinet

(Telegraph) – JAMES PURNELL, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has quit the Cabinet, saying he no longer has confidence in Gordon Brown and believes he should step down as Prime Minister. The Times have broken the news, although there is no story up yet on their website.

The news comes as the polls closed across the UK for the European elections, the last big test of opinion ahead of a general election.

In his resignation letter, Mr Purnell says:-

‘We both love the Labour Party. I have worked for it for 20 years and you for far longer. We know we owe it everything and it owes us nothing. I owe it to our party to say what I believe no matter how hard that may be. I now believe your continued leadership makes a Conservative victory more not less likely.

‘The Party was here long before us, and we want it to be here long after we have gone. We must do the right thing by it.

‘We need to show that we are prepared to fight to be a credible government and have the courage to offer an alternative future. I am therefore calling on you to stand aside to give our party a fighting chance of winning.’ 

Purnell broke his resignation to (at least) three papers and the BBC, for maximum damage to Brown. To say he didn’t want to go lightly would be an understatement.

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