Just two days before the UK goes to the polls in a general election, a Labour Party candidate has said that his own leader is the worst prime minister the country has had.
Manish Sood, the party’s candidate for the safe Conservative (opposition) seat of Norfolk Northwest, made the comments in an interview with his local paper, the Lynn News.
Speaking to the paper from his Leicester home, the 38-year-old candidate said: “Immigration has gone up, which is creating friction within communities. The country is getting bigger and messier.
“The role of ministers has gone bureaucratic and the action of ministers has gone downhill – it is corrupt.
“The loss of social values is the basic problem and this is not what the Labour Party is about. I believe Gordon Brown has been the worst prime minister we have had in this country.
“It is a disgrace and he owes an apology to the people and the Queen.”
The paper says that, in his pledge, Sood has promised to “get back to basics” and “clean up the system” if he is elected MP for the area.
“He added that immigration had caused ‘overcrowding’ in Britain and the increase in people claiming benefits,” says the report, which quotes Sood, a local councillor, as saying: “We have to get back to basics where people can leave their money outside for the milkman without it being stolen.”
The leader of the Labour group of members on West Norfolk Council, Councillor Andy Tyler, said: “I disagree completely. I think Gordon Brown is the best, most experienced and most capable of all three main candidates.”
According to the national Guardian newapaper, Sood was unrepentant this morning, and gave interviews to Sky and the BBC in which he stood by his comments.
He said people had “no respect for the government” and that the political system was moving towards anarchy.
“One by one, I am going to scan and clean up the whole system,” he said. “We really have to come down hard on the Labour party . . . and the Prime Minister really does have to wake up.”
Would resign immediately
Meanwhile, Gordon Brown appeared on GMTV with his wife Sarah this morning, and, according to the Guardian, “seemed to hint that he would resign immediately as Labour leader” rather than hang onto office if his party fares badly at the polls during Thursday’s general election.
“I’ll have to take responsibility. And I will take full responsibility if anything happens,” he is quoted as saying. “But I still think there are thousands of people who have still to make up their minds.”
For the first time ever, the BBC will project the results from the three main parties onto the tower that houses the world-famous Big Ben clock.
The projection will start as the first results are declared, and will continue to update until the final result comes in, which is expected to be around 5.30 a.m. BST on Friday.