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More Labour MPs tell Gordon Brown that the writing is on the wall

Yesterday came the first calls from Labour MP for Gordon Brown to quit.

Over the last 24 hours, more Labour MPs have been popping their heads above the parapet to tell Gordon brown through the media that the game is up. Here;s what three former ministers have had to say":

Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton: "I've probably spoken to about 15 Labour MPs since the election – some of them who have been very supportive of Gordon over the last three years, some of whom have been closer to my position – and not one of them thinks he should stay on."

George Howarth, MP for Knowsley: “I think the proper thing to do, in the interests of the country and in the interests of the Labour party, is for the Conservatives to form a government, for us to be the Opposition and be in opposition in a constructive way and where anything the Conservative party puts forward is in our view in the national interest, to support it. If it isn’t in the national interest, then we should oppose it.”

Malcolm Wicks, MP for Croydon North: “The Labour party has to be grown-up about this. We’ve suffered a major electoral setback and we’ve just got to take it on the chin. Any prospect of a Labour government staying in power with support from the Liberals in a ragbag coalition depending on assorted nationalists is ridiculous. I don’t think that appeals to common sense, nor would it be accepted by public opinion. We have lost. I think it would look shabby for us to be seen hanging on to the doorknob of Number 10.”

Jonathan Isaby