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When did Cabinet ministers rally behind Gordon Brown

The attempt by two former Labour ministers to force a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership appears to have failed. Here is a reminder of when, as far as we are aware, key cabinet figures declared against the vote call.

12.28: During prime minister's questions, it emerges that Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt are contacting all Labour MPs urging them to support a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership.

12.35: Europe minister Chris Bryant, in the BBC Daily Politics studio, is the first government member to react, saying the move is "entirely wrong and inappropriate".

13.06: Government critic Frank Field backs the ballot idea.

13.36: Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Tony Lloyd, said a secret ballot would be wrong and unconstitutional

13.55: Former Home Secretary and longstanding Brown critic Charles Clarke also backs the ballot

14.07: Health Secretary Andy Burnham insists his support is, "as ever", with the prime minister

14.22: Former Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett condemns the move as "foolish and stupid"

14.54: Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward tells the BBC this is a "huge distraction nobody wants"

15.07: A spokesman for Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says the move was a "distraction" and the prime minister continued to have the "support of his cabinet colleagues".

15.27: Education Secretary Ed Balls said people would think Labour had "lost its marbles" if it turned in on itself and described the rebels as a "small minority"

16.02: Chief Whip Nick Brown said there was "no significant" support behind the move

16.14: Lords leader Baroness Royall says she "fully supports" the prime minister

16.18: A source close to energy secretary Ed Miliband says he is "100%" behind the prime minister

16.23: Treasury Chief Secretary Liam Byrne said the move against Mr Brown was a mistake

16.58: Home Secretary Alan Johnson endorses Gordon Brown as the "best man" to leader Labour in a statement

17.11: In a statement, Chancellor Alistair Darling said he had met Mr Brown that afternoon to discuss the economy and the government would not be "deflected" from its priority of getting through the recession

17.22: Ed Miliband tells the BBC that Gordon Brown is the "right leader" for Labour and the country.

17.24: Justice Secretary Jack Straw tells the BBC there was "no issue" with the direction Gordon Brown was taking the country and he would stay as leader

17.37: Cabinet Office minister Tessa Jowell said the move would "blow itself out"

17.50: Transport secretary Lord Adonis says there is no "appetite" for a leadership ballot

17.59: Environment Secretary Hilary Benn says he is "100%" behind the prime minister

18.02: Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman said ministers were "united" in their determination to win the election under Gordon Brown

18.30: International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander said Gordon Brown has "shown he can deliver" for the British people

18.48: Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth says Mr Brown "has the support of his colleagues"

18.53: In a statement, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he was "working closely" with Mr Brown and "supports the re-election campaign for a Labour government he is leading".



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