'Furious' Labour MP lashes out at Gordon Brown's media operation

A Labour backbencher this morning blasted Downing Street's media operation after he was accused of plotting against the PM.

Gordon Brown: criticised by Labour MP
Gordon Brown: criticised by Labour MP

Paul Farrelly told the BBC that Downing Street sources had briefed against him while he was out on the campaign trail. 'It's as it if Damian McBride and his emails never happened,' he said.

Farrelly was responding to suggestion that was one of the Labour MPs behind a plot to get rid of Brown. He insisted that he was not part of any plot and claimed that Downing Street had fed a false line to journalists without speaking to him first.

He said: 'I was furious... it raises some serious questions about Gordon's style of politics. I hadn't seen an email, I hadn't been canvassed by anyone, the chief whip hadn't spoken to me.

'Gordon Brown was calling around backbenchers on Wednesday afternoon... I was out travelling and campaigning, I called Downing Street twice but didn't manage to speak to the Prime Minister and therefore they decided to sanction feeding my name to the media as the ringleader of a coup.

'It was reminiscent of last year [with] names being fed to sympathetic journalists before conference... It's as if Damian McBride and his emails never happened.'


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