Blow for Brown as cabinet minister quits
UK prime minister Gordon Brown is facing more defection as one of his minister quits his government. Calls for Brown's resignation are growing louder and louder going into the party conference, and there is speculation that Brown will not be able to remain in his seat for more than another month if he doesn't take drastic action to stop the defection.
GORDON Brown's authority suffered a devastating blow today as a minister quit in the row over his leadership.
David Cairns finally resigned from his post at the Scotland Office after a day of fevered speculation in Westminster.
The move followed an intense bout of Labour infighting, which was sparked when Government Whip Siobhain McDonagh broke ranks on Friday to call for a leadership contest.
The Prime Minister acted quickly to sack Ms McDonagh – a close friend of Mr Cairns – and was then also forced to fire two other MPs who had worked for Number 10 as envoys.
In his resignation letter, Mr Cairns warned the Prime Minister it was now "hardly credible" to deny leadership and direction had become an issue.