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'Traitor' Blears could be kicked out by Thursday as grovelling fails to appease her local party

Hazel Blears faces being ousted from her seat by Labour activists furious at the 'treacherous' timing of her Cabinet resignation.

The former Communities Secretary was reduced to grovelling to save her skin in Salford as it emerged 'betrayed' party members will attempt to deselect her next week.

She made a desperate bid to defuse the anger by expressing 'major regrets' over quitting on the eve of crucial local and European elections.

Party members said she must shoulder some blame for Labour's vote plunging to historic lows in the polls and the British National Party snatching seats in the North West.

Miss Blears also said she regretted mocking Mr Brown's YouTube video and wearing a brooch bearing the phrase 'rocking the boat' on the day she left the Cabinet - seen as a bid to undermine the Prime Minister.

She provoked anger last month when it emerged she had milked her MPs' expenses and avoided paying £13,000 in capital gains tax on the sale of one of her homes.

Exit Miss Blears: On the day she resigned wearing the 'rocking the boat' badge

Exit Miss Blears: On the day she resigned wearing the 'rocking the boat' badge

Last night she was fighting for her political survival after three branches of her constituency Labour Party put forward motions of no-confidence for consideration on Thursday.

But her public display of contrition was seen by senior Labour MPs as a shameless attempt to keep her seat.

Lindsay Hoyle, a veteran backbencher, said the party was in 'no mood to forgive and forget'.

Brian Simpson, Labour MEP for the North West, described Miss Blears's actions as 'unforgivable'.

He said: 'For the campaign workers who had been out on the street, the volunteers and the candidates, in the most difficult of circumstances for over four weeks, we do expect our senior colleagues to understand that, prior to the election, they need to act with responsibility.

'I didn't feel Hazel acted with responsibility last week. The BNP just squeaked in, not because they polled any more than they did five years ago, but because a lot of Labour supporters stayed home.

'I really don't believe the resignation 24 hours before a major election was helpful.

'To do it at the time she did was unhelpful, and that is unforgivable. I know there are a lot of very unhappy Labour Party members out there.'

One letter circulated among activists in Salford condemned Miss Blears, who is defending a 7,945 majority, as 'morally disgusting'.

One source said party members were still furious at her 'treachery and betrayal'. He said: 'She put personal revenge before the party good and now we want her out.'

Miss Blears made the decision to quit the Cabinet on Wednesday last week, a day after her friend Jacqui Smith quit as Home Secretary.

In her first interview since her resignation, she seemed close to tears as she denied being part of a plot by to destabilise Mr Brown.

She said the 'effect on the party' is 'something I will regret forever'.

Miss Blears said she thought that as other ministers had announced they would stand down, she could quit without sparking a 'huge firestorm'.

Women Against Gordon: Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith and Caroline Flint who all resigned from Government last week. Miss Blears says there was no plot

But she admitted: 'In the end, that judgment was wrong.'

She said of the 'rocking the boat' brooch: 'At that point I just had enough, it was a stupid thing to do in retrospect but it was just putting a brave face on, not going out as a coward on the basis of expenses claims which genuinely are not true.'

And she regretted mocking Mr Brown's much-criticised appearance on YouTube in a newspaper article.

She had written: 'Promote your message via YouTube if you want to. But it is no substitute for knocking on doors or setting up a stall in the town centre.'

Her jibe was 'thoughtless and quite cruel', she said, adding: 'I thought it was clever - it was too clever by half.

'It was flippant and I only realised later how hurtful it was.'

Mr Brown later publicly declared her avoidance of £13,000 in capital gains tax on the sale of her home in Kennington, South London, to be 'totally unacceptable'.

She apologised and vowed to repay the money despite insisting she had done nothing wrong.

Miss Blears said she hoped there would be no attempts to deselect her at a meeting of her Constituency Labour Party later this month.

She added: 'What I do welcome is the chance to talk to the party and go through everything that has happened and acknowledge my mistakes.'

Ah well, it's all so ugly, callous and infantile, but man oh man, has British politics ever been so entertaining?

The link has lots of pictures of her for all you lot who enjoy self pain.

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I was astounded but entertained when I heard the apologies on radio 4 yesterday.

She seemed to be apologising for everything bar the tax evasion. It was the most desperate brown nosed grovelling I have ever heard. My immediate reaction was that she had succumbed to a reality check. She had realised that in actual fact £64,000 plus the most generous pension scheme in the country is not such a pittance after all. She realises that the party may select another candidate for Salford come the next GE.

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She said of the 'rocking the boat' brooch: 'At that point I just had enough, it was a stupid thing to do in retrospect but it was just putting a brave face on, not going out as a coward on the basis of expenses claims which genuinely are not true.'

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I watched her on the TV last night.

Either she'd been got to or realised her plan to get rid of Brown and co0me back full of glory had been foiled and

had decided her only way back was to grovel.

Either way she's a horrible excuse for a Human and unfit to govern, i'd not allow her to be in charge of the remote control in my household.

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unfortunately it says it all about British Politics today that she is being forced out for upsetting the party rather than being forced out for houseflipping and tax evasion which are 'totally acceptable'

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I watched her on the TV last night.

Either she'd been got to or realised her plan to get rid of Brown and co0me back full of glory had been foiled and

had decided her only way back was to grovel.

Either way she's a horrible excuse for a Human and unfit to govern, i'd not allow her to be in charge of the remote control in my household.

I quite admired her contrition - the way Brown singled her out on expenses but not Hoon or Purnell (who did the dirty on him anyway) was appalling.

100% better than cowardly lion Miliband - who would rather another year as Foreign Secretary than support his long term political friends.

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brown nosing. hahaha

Can you imagine her going for a job when she ceases to be an imp?

you missed a letter

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Gordonated.

Sends a clear message: You mess with the Gordonator and you will lose your job and your livelihood.

And people are scared of the BNP? :lol::lol::lol:

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Party members said she must shoulder some blame for Labour's vote plunging to historic lows in the polls and the British National Party snatching seats in the North West.

Ah that's a classic bit of delusional thinking, so nothing else wrong with the labour party, the problem was Blears resigning at the wrong moment. Who gives a crap. I'd be more likely to vote labour without her.

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You could almost blame her actions on Nick Griffin winning his seat.

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

'Rocking the Boat', Yes you did that, love.

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Ah that's a classic bit of delusional thinking, so nothing else wrong with the labour party, the problem was Blears resigning at the wrong moment. Who gives a crap. I'd be more likely to vote labour without her.

The bnp only one their seat by a thosand votes or so, and this could be deemed as the final nail in the coffin.

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Am I the only one who thinks some of Brown's unseen henchman have had a hand in this?

Nope, in fact i believe a lot of the issues the rebel MP's have with Brown in the first place is the behaviour of his cronies undermining people at their consstituency level.

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Ron Weasley's mum was fu**ed as soon as she wafted a cheque around for £13k - immediate alienation from her Salford constituency. She went from "one of us" to "one of them".

I'm sure Gordon is much amused by all this but his days are numbered one way or another.

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I remember 1 poster on here pointing out that the cheque she happily waved

for the cameras had not had who it was payable to filled in

and that the cheque would be returned to her

from what I can make out they were right

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Gordonated.

Sends a clear message: You mess with the Gordonator and you will lose your job and your livelihood.

And people are scared of the BNP? :lol::lol::lol:

don't forget Fern Britain...

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The link has lots of pictures of her for all you lot who enjoy self pain.

That's the first pic. I've ever seen of her without the usual oh-so-pleased-with-myself! grin.

Quite an achievement.

Would still not bet on the Salford Labour faithful getting shot of her, but you can bet there's some local activist only too willing to stand in a by-election if she's de-selected.

That is unless the Labour grandees tried to force their own choice on to the locals - maybe that 22 year old grandee-daughter they tried and failed to parachute into a 'safe' London seat. They're so out of touch, nothing would surprise me any more.

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'Traitor' Blears could be kicked out by Thursday as grovelling fails to appease her local party

Ah well, it's all so ugly, callous and infantile, but man oh man, has British politics ever been so entertaining?

The link has lots of pictures of her for all you lot who enjoy self pain.

oh well.

selling out the country is perfectly fair game,but if you step out of line with the politburo,you are in trouble. :P

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Absolutely laughable. She jumped on the walking out bandwagon only after several more principled cabinet colleagues had done so, and now that Gordo has held on she's back full of contrition and begging for mercy.

She's the worst kind of unprincipled political opportunist. I think even the most favourable psychological analysis would find that she has a narcissistic personality disorder. Personally I think she's bordering on being a psychopath.

I should qualify this by stating that I have my own very personal reasons for disliking her:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/poli...icle1857088.ece

She went instead to Wardley Grammar School, having passed the 11-plus examination. As she told the London hustings: “My brother did not. He failed the 11-plus. He drives a bus – I am in the Cabinet.â€

Well, I went to a private school. My mum, an Oxford graduate like my Dad, got a teaching job there and so the discount she got enabled them to send me and my two brothers there. I had an excellent secondary education. And I still got a job driving buses. I had to work until 2am one week, then start at 4am the next. I worked my **** off. And what I didn't do, unlike her and her bunch of clownish New Labour colleagues, was completely f*ck up the country.

I mean seriously, she seems to think that the fact she's got into the cabinet is some kind of argument against selective education. I suppose if everyone in Manchester had had a crap education then we might have been spared her noxious presence. But better still would be to educate everyone to their full potential rather than dragging everyone down to the lowest common denominator.

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But better still would be to educate everyone to their full potential rather than dragging everyone down to the lowest common denominator.

'Twas ever thus with Labour. They pretty much hate the educated.

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I know she is a traitor both to the country and Brown. But, had she got Brown out and an election called she could actually have been a hero.

So although her intentions were not honourable, I am sad for her that her plan didnt work :ph34r:

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