"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

*Hewitt & Hoon Launch Brown Out Campaign*

Breaking: More follows
Frank Field supportive, more MPs speaking out

Whether this move is supported by Labour b/benchers or not it's another destabilising incident for the govt. General thought is that Blairites Hoon and Hewitt would not have timed it so precisely if they did not have backing & momentum behind them.

Text of letter sent to all backbenchers just before PMQs today:

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

UPDATE: Live updates from Politics Home plus Considering the motivation from Sky News:


  1. The ruination of our politics continues. These two fools have been waiting for their master's call. Anything to drag this parliament to the last possible date. I'll bet Cameron misses the chance again, deliberately. What a load of spasticmuppetry.

  2. It's hard to know why they've done this within months of an election; they must have some sort of death wish. If they think Labour stands a better chance with a different leader they'd better think again.


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