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'Labour voters want Brown to step down'

According to a poll, 55 per cent of the voters want British PM to resign and make way for a "younger, fresher, more charismatic alternative", reports Vijay Dutt.

world Updated: May 07, 2008 23:43 IST
Vijay Dutt

British Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gordon Brown's post-election woes have deepened further after a survey’s findings showed that a majority of Labour voters want him to step down.

According to the Populus poll for The Times newspaper, 55 per cent of the voters want him to resign and make way for a "younger, fresher, more charismatic alternative".

Voters in southeast and southwest England and Wales were the keenest for Brown to go (60 per cent each), says the poll findings.

The poll also put the Tories one point up at 40 per cent, Labour four points down at 29 per cent and the Liberal Democrats at 19 per cent.

Brown now trails behind Conservative Party leader David Cameron and Liberal Democratic leader Nick Clegg in the leadership league.

Former cabinet minister Charles Clarke, who has mounted a scathing attack on Brown, demanded an urgent “change of course”.

Coming down heavily on the Prime Minister, Clarke asked the Prime Minister to stop using “bullying tactics to stifle debate and abandon dog- whistle politics like promising British jobs for British workers”.

Former deputy leadership contender Jon Cruddas has said the Labour Party might be “outflanked” by the new, more humane face of the Tories, David Cameron. “The party faces freefall if it does not change,” said Cruddas.