James Forsyth

A cry for help | 29 January 2009

A cry for help | 29 January 2009
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Sky News’s John Craig has a must-read on reports of Gordon Brown’s behaviour before the vote on the third runway for Heathrow which Labour won narrowly:

‘Labour MPs claim a "tearful and dewy eyed" Prime Minister called the Labour waverers into his Commons office one by one and pleaded with them to back the Government.

"If we lose this vote it will de-stabilise the Government and de-stabilise the markets," said the embattled Prime Minister, according to one MP who voted with the Tories despite the emotional appeal.’ If Brown did get this emotional over the Heathrow vote, one dreads to think how he responded to the IMF's report saying that Britain would be the country hit hardest by the recession.  

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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