7,500 Votes Could Cost Us Power Says Clarke; Charles Clarke: 'Doomsday'

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7,500 Votes Could Cost Us Power Says Clarke; Charles Clarke: 'Doomsday'


Byline: DANIEL MARTIN

FORMER Cabinet minister Charles Clarke has issued a 'doomsday list' ofLabour MPs at risk of losing their seats.

With opinion polls showing Labour at a 20-year low, the former Home Secretarywarns that the future of the party depends on fewer than 7,500 voters.

Boundary changes mean that Labour needs to lose only 24 seats to lose itsoverall majority in the House of Commons.

This will happen if just 7,417 voters in the 24 most marginal Labour seats whovoted for the party at the last election vote next time for the party whichcame second.

The document, e-mailed to selected MPs, shows that many of the seats underthreat are in Kent and Essex, where the Tories are the main challenger. Labourwon the 2005 election with an overall majority of 67. But boundary changes,which are favourable to the Tories, mean Mr Brown will go into the nextelection with a majority of only 47.

The closeness of the results in many seats last time means it would take aswing of a mere 2 per cent to wipe out Labour's majority and create a hungparliament.

Several members of the Government are on the doomsday list. …

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