James Forsyth

Gordon Brown couldn’t sack Harriet Harman even if he wanted to

Gordon Brown couldn’t sack Harriet Harman even if he wanted to
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Three Line Whip, the new Telegraph politics blog, points out that because Harriet Harman was elected by the Labour party membership she serves at their pleasure not Gordon Brown’s. This means that Ms Harman is safe unless this scandal meta-sizes again.

Also worth checking out at the Three Line Whip, which promises to become a daily must read, is Iain Martin’s assessment of PMQs. Iain is surely right that Brown needed a clear win today to restore his authority and he didn’t get it. But judging by how many people are quoting him, it was Vince Cable who landed the most telling blow on the Prime Minister. As Alan Cochrane points out, ridicule is often the one thing that a politician can not survive

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

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