From the New Statesman in Britain:
Blears resigns from the cabinet
Published 03 June 2009
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.
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.
Left Labour MP John McDonnell has warned new Labour plotters at a fevered Palace of Westminster that they are heading for disaster: 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.