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Brown should go

Gordon Brown should go, a former Cabinet Minister has told the Politics Show. 'We can't be sentimental like we were with Michael Foot.'

"We have to be ruthless like the Conservatives otherwise we are finished", said the former Minister.

After disastrous results from Thursday's elections, the government launched its fight back on Sunday, and Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman told the Politics Show that she is disappointed and determined, but that Gordon Brown is not the problem.

Harriet Harman
Harriet Harman MP

She said the government would respond to the results: "we do have to listen and reflect on people's concern that they're feeling the pinch, but we've also got to reassure people that the fundamentals of the economy are as sound as they could be."

And she denied that the government had been humbled: "I think we're disappointed.

"We've very disappointed but it puts a big responsibility on us to actually recognize what people were saying and act on it." they were "determined", she added.

Asked repeatedly whether tax levels were too high, she refused to address the question.

Brown's 'dodgy goods'

Also speaking on the Politics Show on Sunday, Conservative Shadow Children, Schools and Families Secretary Michael Gove said Gordon Brown appeared to the public as "a salesman who's been passing off dodgy goods for the last 11 years."

Gove said the results meant the public would now want to know more about the Conservatives. "If they believe that our values are right, then they'll come to us," he said.

And he accepted that Boris Johnson's mayoralty will be a "laboratory" on which we should judge what a Conservative administration should be like.

Michael Gove MP
Michael Gove MP

Answering a question from Jon Sopel he said "Yes, because Boris, when he talks about crime, when he talks about transport, when he talks about protecting our green spaces and making them safer for families, is absolutely on the button.

"He is responding to the concerns that I know most voters have."


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