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“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,” - James Purnell, Gordon Brown's Work and Pensions Secretary, resigning from the British cabinet as the Labour party faces perhaps the worst election result (in today's European parliament elections) since its nadir in the 1980s. The parliamentary coup against Brown seems to be gaining some momentum.

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