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[00:00.00]Less than six months before a general election in Britain,

[00:04.71]the governing Labour Party is embroiled again in internal strife.

[00:08.20]Two former cabinet ministers have called for secret ballot of members

[00:12.11]to decide whether the Prime Minister Gordon Brown

[00:14.66]should continue as party leader.

[00:16.53]Mr. Brown has called a general election by June this year.

[00:19.27]Our political correspondent Rob Watson reports.

[00:22.44]The two former cabinet ministers Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt

[00:26.98]had stunned everyone at Westminster

[00:29.22]with their last-minute efforts to challenge Gordon Brown's leadership.

[00:32.64]But Downing Street and Labour Party officials

[00:35.81]have moved quickly to quash any revolts.

[00:38.18]Most importantly, current cabinet ministers

[00:42.03]have come out and backed the prime minister,

[00:44.40]orbiting some cases with little apparent enthusiasm.

[00:48.19]So the latest challenge looks likely to be short lift.

[00:51.86]Although many within the Labour Party doubt

[00:54.60]Mr. Brown's leadership qualities,

[00:56.28]they also seem to think it would only make things worse

[00:59.58]to get rid of him before the general election.

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