Britain’s expenses scandal as raft of key ministers quit

June 3rd, 2009 in Breaking News, The Elite

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown attempted Wednesday to survive the most serious challenge to his leadership since he took office, as Cabinet ministers deserted his government and a scandal over lawmakers’ expenses threatened to force him out of Downing Street.

Four ministers have quit their jobs in two days, pre-empting Brown’s planned shake-up of his ministerial team and creating the image of a government in chaos.

Their decision to abandon Brown before British voters go to the polls in European and local elections Thursday is seen by many as an attempt to force the prime minister from office. Many legislators believe the governing Labour Party can only revive its fortunes under a new leader.