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Two former Cabinet ministers are calling for a secret ballot of Labour MPs to resolve the issue of Gordon Brown's leadership "once and for all".
Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt have written to all members of the parliamentary party asking them to support a vote.
The chairman of the PLP, Tony Lloyd, said Mr Hoon and Ms Hewitt had "very little support" for their campaign and backbencher Geraldine Smith described it as a "coward's charter" written by a "small bunch of malcontents".
But Ex-Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who has questioned Mr Brown's leadership in the past, said
Two ex-cabinet ministers are calling for a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership, only months before a general election must be called. Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon have written to Labour MPs saying the issue must be sorted out "once and for all".