Oh dear, this is not a good week for Labour given the problems Ken Livingstone is facing. As the coming Mayoral Election battle heats up, continued problems at national government level means a cabinet level resignation will be damaging.
Peter Hain resigned as work and pensions secretary today following the announcement that the Metropolitan police will investigate his failure to declare donations to his deputy leadership campaign worth more than Â£100,000.
He told Gordon Brown that his position was untenable after the Electoral Commission informed him they were referring him to the Metropolitan police over allegations he broke electoral law.
Hain has always insisted that the failure to declare the donations to his campaign was an accident and sources indicated that he would fight to “clear his name” from the backbenches.
I’ve lost track of the number of laptops, millions of people’s data lost and donations scandals in recent months…Gordon Brown must be bricking it.
Update: Paul Linford asks what happens next on his excellent blog (Paul, bring back the podcast!).
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