Didnâ€™t Alistair Campbell once say that if youâ€™re in the news for 12 days straight [on one story] youâ€™ll have to resign? Brownâ€™s must be eyeing the calendar with some concern. Another day, another string of rumours about plots, letters and potential leaders in waiting:
David Miliband and Harriet Harman are preparing the ground for a leadership election, Times Online can reveal. Many in the Labour party now believe that a revolt against Gordon Brown is highly likely, with the probability that it will take place at the start of September.
A number of ministers are considering standing down in early autumn, possibly refusing to serve in a Brown reshuffle; it was reported by The Times today.
It is alleged that Ms Harman was spotted on Thursday night, watching the scale of Labour’s defeat in the Glasgow East by-election on the television, telling aides “this is my moment”. This comes despite public protestations of loyalty from Labour’s deputy leader, who is “minding the shop” in Downing Street this week while Mr Brown is on holiday.
Update: Is this the beginning of David Miliband’s leadership bid?
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