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Failed leadership heave adds to Brown's election pressures

Andrew Grice and Nigel Morris

Published 08/01/2010 | 05:00

Gordon Brown clung on to his job as British prime minister on Wednesday after another attempt by former ministers to oust him before the election appeared to fizzle out.

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But Brown loyalists were furious that a third attempted coup since he succeeded Tony Blair in 2007 could derail Labour's general election effort by reminding voters of Labour's divisions and its doubts about its leader.

Remarkably, the putsch was launched only two days after Labour kicked off its campaign by attacking David Cameron's spending plans -- and just four months before the expected May election.

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