Norwich setback increases Labour pains

The last thing any government needs while trailing badly in the polls during its third term in office is a by-election. This is why many pundits are pointing to last week’s vote in Norwich North as yet another example of British prime minister Gordon

25th July, 2009

The last thing any government needs while trailing badly in the polls during its third term in office is a by-election. This is why many pundits are pointing to last week’s vote in Norwich North as yet another example of British prime minister Gordon Brown’s poor political judgement.

Labour lost the seat and former home secretary Charles Clarke blamed this on Brown’s ‘‘incompetent’’ treatment of outgoing MP Ian Gibson....

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