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Could we see a shock general election?

If the story regarding Gordon Brown's leadership of the Labour Party continues for a number of days, and indeed picks up strength, many are concerned that we could see a snap general election called as the government starts to fall apart. This would be tragic for the UK economy which needs nurturing 24 hours a day seven days a week at the moment. There are issues such as the budget deficit, which is now forecast to hit £175 billion, as well as mixed signals from the retail sector to tackle.

If Gordon Brown is unable to muster enough support to see off a potential leadership challenge in the short term there is a real chance that we could see a snap election almost immediately with an almost inevitable victory for the Conservative party. In fighting and an inability to keep squabbles and disagreements out of the press are what tore the Tory party apart many years ago and indeed it seems to be happening with the Labour Party.

There is confusion as to why the rebel Labour MPs chose today to issue this "unsent letter" but there is no doubt it has inflicted significant damage on Gordon Brown.

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