This video from Britain is called James Purnell, Hazel Blears, other Northwest MPs & the expenses scandal.
From the New Statesman in Britain:
Blears resigns from the cabinet
Published 03 June 2009
Resignation fuels speculation of leadership challenge to Brown
Gordon Brown‘s authority was dealt another blow today after the Communities Secretary Hazel Blears resigned from government.
Her decision follows the resignation of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith yesterday and leaves Brown struggling to maintain control of his government ahead of Thursday’s elections.
Blears was facing removal from the Cabinet after it was revealed she failed to pay capital gains tax on the sale of her second home. Brown described her failure to do so as “totally unacceptable”. Despite insisting that she acted within the rules, Blears later agreed to pay £13,332 to the Inland Revenue.
The fact Blears announced her resignation so shortly before tomorrow’s elections will fuel speculation that she is encouraging a leadership challenge to Brown.
Such a leadership challenge in these expenses scandal times would be welcome. But only if it is from the left wing of the Labour party. Not if it threatens to bring to the Prime Ministership some supporter of the war criminal Tony Blair, as, or even more, objectionable and Thatcherite as Gordon Brown.
Meanwhile, as a result of the bloody war policies of Blair, Blears, and Brown, another British soldier dies today in Afghanistan.
New Labour Postal Ballot Fraud NOW in Blackburn: here.
Blogs about Blears resignation: here. And here.
Tom Watson resignation: here.
[Ken] LIVINGSTONE ON THE CRISIS IN THE LABOUR PARTY: here.
Latest: the MP for South Antrim in Northern Ireland, William McCrea, of the Protestant fundamentalist party DUP of “Dr” Ian Paisley, is now also in trouble in the expenses scandal.
New questions for minister
Expenses scandal: Fresh questions are being asked about the expenses of government minister Shahid Malik after it was reported he claimed at least £6,500 for a second office alongside his taxpayer-funded constituency office.
The Dewsbury MP returned to government on Wednesday as Junior Communities Minister after a watchdog inquiry cleared him of breaching the ministerial code over his housing arrangements.
Blears denies part in coup plot
NEW LABOUR: Hazel Blears has admitted that she regretted the timing of her resignation from the government and denied it was designed to inflict maximum damage on Gordon Brown.
The former communities secretary caused huge anger in the Labour ranks by walking out of the Cabinet the day before last week’s elections. But she insisted today that it was not part of a plot to oust the Prime Minister.
Smith used cons for renovations
Politics: An investigation was launched today after it emerged that former home secretary Jacqui Smith used prisoners on day release to paint her home when they should have been doing community work.
Two inmates from HMP Hewell in Redditch spent two days decorating a room at the former Labour MP’s luxury property in the Worcestershire town.
A prison service spokesman said the offenders were supposed to be doing work to “help the whole community” as part of a scheme run by local charity the Batchley Support Group.
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