Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brown: I Was Right to Call off the Election

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brown: I Was Right to Call off the Election

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Byline: JOE MURPHY, NICHOLAS CECIL

A BATTERED Gordon Brown today took responsibility for Labour's dire performance as two polls forecast a wipeout.

In his final press conference before the Labour party conference, he said: "Of course. I'm the person who is in charge and I have got to take responsibility for what happens." He spoke as a poll of marginals showed David Cameron heading for a landslide victory at the next election by a majority of around 150. A second poll found that two thirds of voters feel it is time for a change of government, even if the economy recovers.

Despite the gloomy figures, Mr Brown said he had no regrets about backing out of an election last autumn a decision that most MPs regarded as a gaffe that sparked his fall in the ratings.

"I made the right decision last autumn," he claimed, saying he wanted to show he could lead the country out of economic difficulties. "I said at the time that I wanted to be able get across the programme of the Government," Mr Brown added. …

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