Vote of no confidence...
Gordon Brown was struggling to maintain his authority last night after his fightback reshuffle planned for next week was left in disarray by the early departure of three ministers.
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, Tom Watson, the Cabinet Office minister and a close ally of Mr Brown, and Beverley Hughes, the Childrens Minister, are all leaving the Government...
It would seem our greatest ally fell to King Midas' touch...
There were rumours last night that senior Labour MPs were urging colleagues to sign a letter declaring that they had no confidence in Mr Brown.