Labour members mull revolt against Brown - BBC report

Other News Materials 27 July 2008 15:00 (UTC +04:00)

Leading members of the ruling Labour Party are mulling a possible revolt against Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the wake of the latest setback when the party suffered a stinging defeat in a by-election in Glasgow, BBC reported Sunday, the dpa reported.

The report said that among others, former Labour ministers were among those who may be pushing for Brown to declare his resignation after the summer holiday break.

But Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Brown, issued an appeal to the party to stand behind the prime minister. A plot to topple Brown would be a "big mistake," he said.

"I am absolutely convinced that Gordon Brown is the right man to be leading the party," Straw commented on Saturday.

Brown himself has rejected any thought of resigning.

"I'm getting on with the job and I think it's important that in difficult economic circumstances we take the right decisions for the future to get fuel prices down, to get food prices down, to make sure we get the housing market moving," Brown said before heading for his summer holidays.

The debate about Brown and Labour's ongoing downturn gained new momentum last week after the Scottish National Party (SNP) unseated Labour in a by-election in the constituency of Glasgow East, which had been a Labour stronghold since the 1920s.