Another minister deserts Brown
Monday 08 June 2009
Environment minister Jane Kennedy today quit the Government, saying she had been forced to do so because she would not give an assurance of loyalty to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The Liverpool Wavertree MP said she was unhappy with smears against Labour's own ministers emanating from 10 Downing Street, which she compared to the "bullying" of Labour activists by Militant on Merseyside in the 1980s.
But Ms Kennedy's version of events, in an interview on Sky News, was challenged by Downing Street, which said that Mr Brown had not demanded a loyalty pledge from her or any other minister.
Ms Kennedy made clear that the Prime Minister did not directly ask her for a pledge of loyalty and the decision to go was her own.
But she said it was made clear that she was expected to give assurances about her loyalty and told Sky News: "I wasn't able to give that assurance and so I have not been reappointed. That's the fact of what happened.
"I wasn't able to give that assurance because I have been unhappy for some time about smears against colleagues, about undermining of colleagues and friends by Number 10."
Asked whether that behaviour was from Mr Brown himself or those around him, she said: "I can't distinguish between the two and in my view it's how politics is driven forward by Gordon and the people around him.
"It really gets me very angry when I see that type of behaviour."
- 1 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
- 5 Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
Scottish independence: Scots of Corby take matters into their own hands in mock referendum - and deliver overwhelming verdict
Protesters fight to save Arturo, the polar bear sweltering in baking hot zoo
Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
Supermoon 2014 in pictures: Moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client who are a leading publisher in...
competitive: Progressive Recruitment: A leading marketing agency is currently ...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Software En...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Software Tea...