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Labour's leadership crisis in quotes

In their own words

Issue No. 2155

“The Labour Party does not want a new leader. There is no vacancy, there is no challenge.”
David Miliband, foreign secretary, speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday

“People felt disillusioned with us and didn’t vote for us. That’s our fault. We should be able to inspire confidence.”
Chancellor Alistair Darling on the collapse of Labour’s vote, which helped the Nazi BNP win seats

“I believe there are millions of people in this country who didn’t vote Labour last Thursday but who desperately want to vote Labour.”
David Miliband perhaps thinks that Labour was too hard to find on the ballot paper

“You bear responsibility for the state of affairs that could destroy our party.”
Former minister Charles Clarke to Gordon Brown earlier this week

“Even I didn’t think a Brown administration would be as inept as this one.”
Former minister Frank Field

“Like everyone else, I have my strengths and weaknesses.”
Gordon Brown’s helpful response to his critics

“What would they think of us if ever we walked away from them at a time of need?”
Gordon Brown asks what the public would think if he went – probably good riddance

“There is no good outcome. Brown staying on is just the least worst.”
An unnamed Labour MP on the situation facing the party


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Who Says?
Tue 9 Jun 2009, 18:52 BST
Issue No. 2155
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