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Gordon Brown losing control of reshuffle as Jacqui Smith leads cabinet resignations: The Guardian.


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Things are looking grim for Gordon Brown:

• Revelation ends weeks of speculation about Smith’s future
• Ministers Tom Watson and Beverley Hughes to quit
Geoff Hoon and Alistair Darling under threat

Deborah Summers and Andrew Sparrow The Guardian: “Gordon Brown was losing control of his cabinet reshuffle today as it emerged that Jacqui Smith, Britain’s first female home secretary, and two other government ministers planned to quit the frontbench.

In a turbulent day for the prime minister, Tom Watson, the Cabinet Office minister, and Beverley Hughes, the families minister, also let it be known that they would leave the government in the shakeup, pre-empting Brown’s planned overhaul of his frontbench team, due to come after the European and local elections.

Smith, who has been at the centre of intense controversy over her expenses claims, apparently told Brown two months ago that she did not want to continue in office.

She is said to have been “hurt” by recent events, which have included the revelation that she inadvertently claimed for two pornographic films watched by her husband and criticism of the way she has designated a house she shares with her sister in London as her main home.

The move will pave the way for a overhaul of Brown’s cabinet following what is expected to be disastrous election results for Labour this weekend…”

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