Amid mounting speculation that Mr Gould had decided to quit full- time politics, possibly for an academic or media job, the MP for Dagenham and one-time rising star of Labour's front bench called a meeting of close advisers last night to tell them of his plans.
Mr Gould, 54, resigned as a member of the Shadow Cabinet in 1992 and since then has persistently criticised the party's economic policy for being too cautious.
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