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Fresh setback for Brown in European parliament polls

Fresh setback for Brown in European parliament polls
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Jun 08 2009. 11 46 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Jun 08 2009. 11 46 AM IST
London: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced a fresh fight for his leadership today after his Labour party suffered its worst ever result in the European Parliament polls, prompting more calls for him to step down.
Brown was the focus of much hand-wringing within the party last week, but he managed to stave off a challenge to his position by promptly carrying out a reshuffle that sought to overcome the impact of a spate of high-profile resignations.
However, Labour’s finishing third, after the Conservatives and the UK Independence Party in the seats in the UK as part of the European elections, has made it more uncomfortable for Brown to brazen it out and remain as the Labour leader.
He is expected to face some hostile questions at the meeting of the Labour parliamentary party today.
The election results are more significant due to the victory of two candidates of the far-right British Nationalist Party (BNP). Its victory is widely considered a ‘sad day’ for British politics as none of the mainstream parties could prevent the BNP from increasing its space in politics.
The BNP openly calls for a total ban on immigration and voluntary repatriation of migrants.
In the English local elections held on Thursday the Conservatives got a 38% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats 28% and Labour 23%.
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First Published: Mon, Jun 08 2009. 11 46 AM IST