Another suicide note from Labour…

Great scoop from Guido, closing out Nick Robinson on the One O’Clock News by 20 mins… The time for a Labour was last summer or the summer before last… Now all that’s going to be in Labour MPs’ minds between now and D-Day is, is this the leader we really want leading us… Copy below the fold.. Maybe Brown giving Mandelson the gun (the last senior Labour bod who actually understands’ Middle England’) was the last last straw for the remnants of Blairite resisters (who still care)?

Dear Colleague,

As we move towards a General Election it remains the case that the Parliamentary Labour Party is deeply divided over the question of the leadership. Many colleagues have expressed their frustration at the way in which this question is affecting our political performance. We have therefore come to the conclusion that the only way to resolve this issue would be to allow every member to express their view in a secret ballot.

This could be done quickly and with minimum disruption to the work of MPs and the Government. Whatever the outcome the whole of the party could then go forward, knowing that this matter had been sorted out once and for all.

Strong supporters of the Prime Minister should have no difficulty in backing this approach. There is a risk otherwise that the persistent background briefing and grumbling could continue up to and possibly through the election campaign, affecting our ability to concentrate all of our energies on getting our real message across.
Equally those who want change, should they lose such a vote, would be expected by the majority of the PLP to devote all of their efforts to winning the election. The implications of such a vote would be clear – everyone would be bound to support the result.

This is a clear opportunity to finally lay this matter to rest. The continued speculation and uncertainty is allowing our opponents to portray us as dispirited and disunited. It is damaging our ability to set out our strong case to the electorate. It is giving our political opponents an easy target.

In what will inevitably be a difficult and demanding election campaign, we must have a determined and united parliamentary party. It is our job to lead the fight against our political opponents. We can only do that if we resolve these distractions. We hope that you will support this proposal.

Yours fraternally,

Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt

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  • Hoon, Hewitt, with the inevitable Clarke lurking in the wings. Notice anything?

    Now, had it been almost anyone else …

    And “Yours fraternally”? Ho, hum.

  • Mick Fealty

    Argh… no, go on, say it Malc!!

  • Yeah Nick Robinson, it’s your fault that the Beeb can’t force Guido to make his blog “Guido at One”.

    As for BuffHoon and Hewitt, criticism from them makes Brown look better.

  • Interesting non-challenge in support of Brown?

    If there is not a vote it looks as if there is a lack of confidence in the PM. It is that no-one wants a vote or no-one would risk a vote. Does that mean support or fear permeates the Labour benches.

    If there were a vote without overwhelming overwhelming support, then he’d have to go which would throw the Labour Party into fractious battle unless there is a clear and obvious (willing) candidate standing in the wings of which Hoon and Hewitt are aware and acting by proxy. And then there would have to be an immediate election for mandate…

    Labour is in a terrible mess.

  • LabourNIman

    This kind of move is treason at the highest level.

    Simply two MP’s that will never see the front bench again with Brown in power are trying to secure some kind of spot under a new leader.

    Personally, I’d favor seeing their CLP’s telling them to take a hike.

    The time for this drama has passed, we should be knuckling down and hitting the tories

  • I despair sometimes, how is this a scoop? A couple of disgruntled ex Ministers circulate a letter in the public sphere with the intension of getting it at the top of the news agenda as soon as possible.

    How can that be a a scoop. It’s a powder puff.