Brian Cullen

Cabinet support?

The one thing – apparently – saving Brown’s skin since the start of the “rebellion” last Friday is the fact that he has the backing of the entire Cabinet. But how far have they really backed him? Here’s a list of comments (or – tellingly in some cases – lack thereof) made by all Cabinet members since this all started. I’ll let CoffeeHousers decide how many of them are ringing endorsements of the PM…

Unequivocal support:

Ed Balls: “Everyone in the Labour Party knows that if you don’t stick together and you’re not unified, then you can’t succeed. I don’t think there’s anyone in Cabinet who disagrees with that…No one on the doorstep is arguing for a change of leader. I’m not saying anything that would fuel that.”


Hilary Benn: Mr. Brown is “the right man for the job”

Alistair Darling: “I have every confidence in Gordon Brown. I believe he is the right person to lead this country and to lead our party and I know that at the conference next week he will set out his vision for the future.” 

John Denham: Accused the rebels of pursuing “the politics of despair and destruction”

Harriet Harman: “he is the best person when there is difficult international economic circumstances, he is the foremost person with the experience to take us through these difficult times.”

Alan Johnson: Warned against Labour repeating its “history of disunity”

David Miliband: “I don’t support their (the rebels) argument that we should trigger a leadership contest…I’ve said I expect Gordon to lead us into the next general election. I will support him in doing so.”

Jacqui Smith: “Gordon Brown is Prime Minister and he puts his credibility to the test every day in helping people and making this country a better place.”

Equivocal/Vague support:

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