Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader

Daily Echo: Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader Gordon Brown to resign as Labour leader

Premier Gordon Brown has announced he is to resign as Labour leader.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street Mr Brown said he intended to stand down as Labour leader "in the national interest".

Mr Brown said he would ask the Labour Party to set in train the processes for a leadership election and he would not be standing.

He said he wanted his successor to be in place by the time the Labour Party meets for its annual conference, this September.

Bookies have made Southampton Itchen MP John Denham 33-1 to take over at the head of the party, behind favourite David Miliband.

Mr Brown said: "There is a progressive majority in Britain and I believe it could be in the interests of the whole country to form a progressive coalition government.

"In addition to the economic priorities, in my view, only such a progressive government could meet the demand for political and electoral change which the British people made last Thursday.

"If it becomes clear that the national interest, which is stable and principled government, can be best served by forming a coalition between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, then I believe I should discharge that duty, support that government which would, in my view, command a majority in the House of Commons in the Queen's Speech and any other confidence votes.

"But I have no desire to stay in my position longer than is needed to ensure the path to economic growth is assured and the process of political reform we have agreed moves forward quickly.

“The reason that we have a hung parliament is that no single party and no single leader was able to win the full support of the country.

"As leader of my party I must accept that as a judgement on me.

“I therefore intend to ask the Labour Party to set in train the processes needed for its own leadership election.

"I would hope that it would be completed in time for the new leader to be in post by the time of the Labour Party conference. "I will play no part in that contest, I will back no individual candidate."

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5:20pm Mon 10 May 10

mr angreee says...

What a shame because with Brown the clown in charge we would never have to suffer these buffoons again
What a shame because with Brown the clown in charge we would never have to suffer these buffoons again mr angreee

5:35pm Mon 10 May 10

allsaintsnocurves says...

He's finally realised that there is no chance of Clegg doing a deal with him at the helm! Finally rid of Brown and Blair...the country will be in-dept-ed to their services for many decades to come! We do owe them such a huge debt of gratitude...dept being the common word!!
He's finally realised that there is no chance of Clegg doing a deal with him at the helm! Finally rid of Brown and Blair...the country will be in-dept-ed to their services for many decades to come! We do owe them such a huge debt of gratitude...dept being the common word!! allsaintsnocurves

5:40pm Mon 10 May 10

Condor Man says...

what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory
what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory Condor Man

5:43pm Mon 10 May 10

freefinker says...

Condor Man wrote:
what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory
No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory[/p][/quote]No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair freefinker

5:45pm Mon 10 May 10

Allotment man 66 says...

Mr Brown should resigned before the election and we would fine ourselves in the situation we are in at the moment.
Wrong man for the job, To old to grey, and out of touch.
It's a young man job.

David Miliband for me. and John Denham in second place
Mr Brown should resigned before the election and we would fine ourselves in the situation we are in at the moment. Wrong man for the job, To old to grey, and out of touch. It's a young man job. David Miliband for me. and John Denham in second place Allotment man 66

5:48pm Mon 10 May 10

Condor Man says...

freefinker wrote:
Condor Man wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory
No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair
No, has to be Brown as Blair gave him a free hand to wreck the economy from 1997. Blair wasn't really a PM, he was just a figure head. It was Brown that dominated home policy and the results speak for themselves.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory[/p][/quote]No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair[/p][/quote]No, has to be Brown as Blair gave him a free hand to wreck the economy from 1997. Blair wasn't really a PM, he was just a figure head. It was Brown that dominated home policy and the results speak for themselves. Condor Man

5:50pm Mon 10 May 10

OSPREYSAINT says...

Balls for PM. Always wanted to say that.
Balls for PM. Always wanted to say that. OSPREYSAINT

5:56pm Mon 10 May 10

soton1980 says...

This news has made my day! Good riddance Mr Brown!
This news has made my day! Good riddance Mr Brown! soton1980

5:59pm Mon 10 May 10

Lone Ranger says...

Perhaps some of the very eager Tories here didnt quite read what was written (i didnt see it on telly)but.........he said................
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"If it becomes clear that the national interest, which is stable and principled government, can be best served by forming a coalition between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, then I believe I should discharge that duty, support that government which would, in my view, command a majority in the House of Commons in the Queen's Speech and any other confidence votes.
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So he steps down and you possibly get Lab/Lib plus one or two others forming the government
Perhaps some of the very eager Tories here didnt quite read what was written (i didnt see it on telly)but.........he said................ ......... . "If it becomes clear that the national interest, which is stable and principled government, can be best served by forming a coalition between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, then I believe I should discharge that duty, support that government which would, in my view, command a majority in the House of Commons in the Queen's Speech and any other confidence votes. . So he steps down and you possibly get Lab/Lib plus one or two others forming the government Lone Ranger

6:02pm Mon 10 May 10

freefinker says...

Condor Man wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Condor Man wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory
No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair
No, has to be Brown as Blair gave him a free hand to wreck the economy from 1997. Blair wasn't really a PM, he was just a figure head. It was Brown that dominated home policy and the results speak for themselves.
So, you think the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi deaths caused by Blair have not seriously damaged this country? You are looking through your usual blinkered spectacles again.
Perhaps you have forgotten what Mohammad Sidique Khan said in his suicide video. All our domestic islamic terrorism is down to the criminal Blair. All the erosion of civil liberties is down to Blair.
The economy will recover, but the damage done by Blair to our standing in the world will last for generations.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory[/p][/quote]No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair[/p][/quote]No, has to be Brown as Blair gave him a free hand to wreck the economy from 1997. Blair wasn't really a PM, he was just a figure head. It was Brown that dominated home policy and the results speak for themselves.[/p][/quote]So, you think the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi deaths caused by Blair have not seriously damaged this country? You are looking through your usual blinkered spectacles again. Perhaps you have forgotten what Mohammad Sidique Khan said in his suicide video. All our domestic islamic terrorism is down to the criminal Blair. All the erosion of civil liberties is down to Blair. The economy will recover, but the damage done by Blair to our standing in the world will last for generations. freefinker

6:07pm Mon 10 May 10

damien thorn says...

looks like tory boy call me dave has blown it ,with pr installed ,never to govern again.
looks like tory boy call me dave has blown it ,with pr installed ,never to govern again. damien thorn

6:14pm Mon 10 May 10

blackjack6522 says...

people should remember the 80's and all the selling off that happend with company's and the railways and then you have the minners strikes which were under what party !
Labour is for the working person !
we know need to watch out for the fall out from it all.................
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people should remember the 80's and all the selling off that happend with company's and the railways and then you have the minners strikes which were under what party ! Labour is for the working person ! we know need to watch out for the fall out from it all................. . blackjack6522

6:19pm Mon 10 May 10

Iw61 says...

Im glad Brown has gone.
But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!!

John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result?

Please!!Stroll on CondorMan
Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan Iw61

6:26pm Mon 10 May 10

Brite Spark says...

There you have it, a Lib Lab Government with Milliband as the new Prime Minister come the end of the year.
He's a Brite Spark and knows his stuff.
There you have it, a Lib Lab Government with Milliband as the new Prime Minister come the end of the year. He's a Brite Spark and knows his stuff. Brite Spark

6:32pm Mon 10 May 10

Lone Ranger says...

This could yet be another master stroke by Brown. Standing down so that Clegg will come on board.
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The Cons and Airbrush Dave must be getting close to being gutted
This could yet be another master stroke by Brown. Standing down so that Clegg will come on board. . The Cons and Airbrush Dave must be getting close to being gutted Lone Ranger

7:18pm Mon 10 May 10

Highway to Hartlepool says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Balls for PM. Always wanted to say that.
Vote Balls - we will **** it up!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Balls for PM. Always wanted to say that.[/p][/quote]Vote Balls - we will **** it up! Highway to Hartlepool

7:47pm Mon 10 May 10

EELS MAN says...

This whole election has been a
fiasco.
Even an election observer from little African country said on the radio 'that it is funny because the British always condemn the rest of the world for shoddy elections & now we are the shoddy looking ones.
Thanks Gordo you git!
This whole election has been a fiasco. Even an election observer from little African country said on the radio 'that it is funny because the British always condemn the rest of the world for shoddy elections & now we are the shoddy looking ones. Thanks Gordo you git! EELS MAN

8:08pm Mon 10 May 10

Mike_Saint says...

freefinker wrote:
Condor Man wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory
No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair
W*****s the pair of you!
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: what a great day, the end of a man who has damaged this country more than any PM in living memory[/p][/quote]No, that prize goes to the war criminal Blair[/p][/quote]W*****s the pair of you! Mike_Saint

5:43am Tue 11 May 10

barmypom says...

Iw61 wrote:
Im glad Brown has gone.
But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!!

John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result?

Please!!Stroll on CondorMan
Wake up you Labour plonker.
Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population.
Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base.
The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid.
Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population.
This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan[/p][/quote]Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong. barmypom

6:07am Tue 11 May 10

EELS MAN says...

barmypom wrote:
Iw61 wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan
Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.
Here Here!
[quote][p][bold]barmypom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan[/p][/quote]Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.[/p][/quote]Here Here! EELS MAN

8:34am Tue 11 May 10

Facewagon says...

barmypom wrote:
Iw61 wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan
Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.
Wow, science in action. Evidence?
[quote][p][bold]barmypom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan[/p][/quote]Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.[/p][/quote]Wow, science in action. Evidence? Facewagon

9:05am Tue 11 May 10

Lone Ranger says...

Facewagon wrote:
barmypom wrote:
Iw61 wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan
Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.
Wow, science in action. Evidence?
I am sure that you can read the full story in The Sun !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barmypom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan[/p][/quote]Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.[/p][/quote]Wow, science in action. Evidence?[/p][/quote]I am sure that you can read the full story in The Sun !!!!! Lone Ranger

9:13am Tue 11 May 10

Linesman says...

As a Chancellor, Brown did an excellent job. No interest rates in their teens as was seen under the Thatcher administration.
Remember Maestrict!
His had bad luck during his period as Prime Minister, with the Foot and Mouth outbreak coming within a couple of weeks of him taking charge. That was dealt with, to be followed by Swine Flu, and so it continued with the International financial crisis, which began in the USA and spread world-wide, being the last.
If you want a TV personality to run the country, well Cameron and Clegg fit the bill.
Obviously the majority considered that they did not want a Statesman, which is why Brown has decided to step down.
Thank you Gordon for the minimum wage, the new hospitals and schools and putting an end to hunting with hounds, amongst other things.
Should Cameron take charge, my betting is that he will place more importance on hunting than housing!
Foxes beware.
As a Chancellor, Brown did an excellent job. No interest rates in their teens as was seen under the Thatcher administration. Remember Maestrict! His had bad luck during his period as Prime Minister, with the Foot and Mouth outbreak coming within a couple of weeks of him taking charge. That was dealt with, to be followed by Swine Flu, and so it continued with the International financial crisis, which began in the USA and spread world-wide, being the last. If you want a TV personality to run the country, well Cameron and Clegg fit the bill. Obviously the majority considered that they did not want a Statesman, which is why Brown has decided to step down. Thank you Gordon for the minimum wage, the new hospitals and schools and putting an end to hunting with hounds, amongst other things. Should Cameron take charge, my betting is that he will place more importance on hunting than housing! Foxes beware. Linesman

11:04am Tue 11 May 10

southy says...

Lone Ranger wrote:
Facewagon wrote:
barmypom wrote:
Iw61 wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan
Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.
Wow, science in action. Evidence?
I am sure that you can read the full story in The Sun !!!!!
very true lone and we all know that sun would not print the truth being a tory party and a very large donate to the tory party.

more to the point lo i think barmypom has forgotten the torys had 18 years, and every day of all those years was nothing but destruction. the torys engineered there own destruction, a destruction whitch more than likey will mean the last time we will see them have any sort of power has they fad in to the history books
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Facewagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barmypom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Iw61[/bold] wrote: Im glad Brown has gone. But dont tell me Brown was the worst PM ever. What rubbish!! If he was that bad why didnt Cameron get a thumping majority? He didnt because was possibly the worst opposition leader in history!! John Major in my view has that title as worst PM. Look at the 1997 election result? Please!!Stroll on CondorMan[/p][/quote]Wake up you Labour plonker. Why do you think Cameron didn't get a thumping majority? It's because Blair and Brown have engineered a guaranteed voter base over the last 13 years through social engineering, welfare handouts, uncontrolled immigration. and 'dumbing down' of the population. Skilled workers have also left Britain in droves over the last few years, denting the Conservative voter base. The reason why a Labour govt is so **** hard to get rid of is because collectively, the people of this country have become stupid. Average Labour voter IQ tends to be less that Tory voter IQ. It's fact that IQ and fertility are negatively correlated....one reason why Labour voters (or people with lower IQ) outbreed the rest of the population. This is why we didn't get a Tory landslide....it's because Labour can do no wrong.[/p][/quote]Wow, science in action. Evidence?[/p][/quote]I am sure that you can read the full story in The Sun !!!!![/p][/quote]very true lone and we all know that sun would not print the truth being a tory party and a very large donate to the tory party. more to the point lo i think barmypom has forgotten the torys had 18 years, and every day of all those years was nothing but destruction. the torys engineered there own destruction, a destruction whitch more than likey will mean the last time we will see them have any sort of power has they fad in to the history books southy

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