Fiona Mactaggart says another MP should replace Gordon Brown
Former Labour minister Fiona Mactaggart has said that another MP should be allowed to stand for the party leadership against Gordon Brown.
Ms Mactaggart told the BBC's Politics Show: "I think we should give someone else a chance to take over."
She is one of over a dozen Labour MPs calling for a leadership contest.
Her comments come after another MP, Joan Ryan, was sacked as Labour's vice chair after joining calls for a leadership contest.
Ms Ryan, MP for Enfield North and a former Home Office minister, has also been sacked as Mr Brown's Cyprus envoy - a position she was given when he entered Number 10 in June last year.
On Friday, junior whip Siobhain McDonagh was fired for calling for a debate on Gordon Brown's leadership.
Ministers say it is not the time for a challenge to Gordon Brown - nor for a public debate about the future of the party.
Business Secretary John Hutton joined those in support of the prime minister by telling Gordon Brown's critics they should concentrate their fire on other parties, not their own leader.
He said: "It's the job of members of the cabinet ... to support the prime minister in what he's doing and I do that because he is setting the right direction for Britain."
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Mactaggart said she made her request for nomination papers for a new leader to be sent out at the end of August.
She said: "The problem that I see is a lack of clarity about our ambitions for Britain.
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"When you look at the Conservatives, everything they do is a reaction to an agenda that we set, and yet suddenly, recently, we've been reacting to their issues. We don't need to."
Entering the row Labour MP John McDonnell - who has long been urging a leadership election - described current Labour infighting as "like watching the crew having a punch up on the deck of the Titanic".
The MP for Hayes and Harlington said: "Most Labour Party members are looking on aghast as the Blairites and Brownites fight an irrelevant turf war."
The Labour Party has said nine MPs have so far asked for nomination papers to be issued to all members of the parliamentary party - five of these have now made their names public.
Former Home Office minister George Howarth admitted requesting nomination papers to be sent out.
Writing in the News of the World, he said: "Sadly, every test of public opinion shows that people seem to have decided Gordon is not the person they want to lead the country.
"I am not sure whether Gordon can regain the public's trust and confidence.
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