But the briefing against her has begun. John Pieenar said that Whitehall sources suggested to him that Blears quit because there was more dirt to come. As Andy Porter's story in the Telegraph says:
As far as I can work out, this is the first piece of dirt that has even purported to come from the merged operation which is No10/Cabinet Office. Either this means Brown is hitting back - his natural instinct, of course - or that he intends this to be a warning shot. "Another squeak from you, chipmunk, and we'll release so much dirt on you that you'll stand zero chance of winning Salford. You'll find the Cabinet Office and No10 can do its own Daily Telegraph operation - but there will be no mercy from us." Blears has, quite rightly in my view, made clear that No10 is briefing against her. As James says, she may well retaliate. Brown and even Mandelson may find that the Iron Chipmunk is not so easily intimidated.“
"It is understood that a Cabinet Office compliance unit looking at ministers’ arrangements has uncovered another property sale, in which Miss Blears declared the property as her primary residence for tax purposes while at the same time telling the Commons authorities that it was her designated second home."