but said Mr Browns strength of character would pull the party through. However, Labours misery deepened as a new opinion poll put it level with the L i b - D e m s . T h e ComRes poll for The Independent had Labour and the Lib-Dems on 23 per cent of the vote, with the Tories on a 15- point lead at 38 per cent. While Mr Simpson said he doubted Mr Brown could stop Labour marching to election defeat, others have backed the PM. Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said: I dont know of anybody on the Left saying we should move against Gordon. We have to soldier on. l LABOUR is heading into the general election nearly 9m in the red, new figures show. Loans, fewer donations and pension liabilities have left it with a deficit of 8,907,106. Former Cabinet minister Charles Clarke recently said it seemed almost impossible for Labour to raise cash for an election campaign. GORDON BROWN was called a dead man walking today by a Labour MP. In a brutal attack before the Prime Ministers speech to the party conference in Brighton tomorrow, senior Left-winger Alan Simpson said Cabinet ministers believe grumpy old man Mr Brown is incapable of digging Labour out of the hole it is in. The Nottingham South MP said Downing Street was in crisis, with a last days of Hitler bunker mentality. Mr Simpson said: Gordons conference speech is really dead men walking. The confer- ence is a pageant of loyalty, behind the scenes there is a mayhem of complaints. He claimed the partys Left, which refused to move against Mr Brown in June last year, is now prepared to pull away its support. Gordon has until Christmas, he added. His attack came as Mr Brown was still reeling from being quizzed on BBC television about rumours he took prescription painkillers and pills to cope with the pressures on him. Today, Labours big guns rallied to defend the Prime Minister, including Business Secretary Lord Mandelson, who admitted these are challenging times London Lite Monday, 28 September 2009 LABOUr mp in BrUtAL AttAck On grUmpy OLd mAn pm ItwillbedifficultbutwemustholdournervesaysDarlingALISTAIR DARLIng today warned of difficult decisions ahead as Labour faced up to fighting an election in the economic doldrums. In a tough message to activists at the Brighton conference, the Chancellor said Labour would win if they held their nerve. Behind the scenes, Mr Darling was also exercising a tight grip over his Cabinet colleagues, ordering spending ministers to submit their conference speeches to his office, to be checked against any accidental spending commitments slipped in. Several admitted privately that the Chancellor had watered down their language from pledges to aspirations because of the spending squeeze. In his speech, Mr Darling insisted borrowing must be restrained. We must keep public finances on a sustainable path, he said. by mark blunden Browns a dead man walking Soldiering on: Gordon Brown with his wife Sarah today heLd Fast talkaninstant interviewwith... EGGSY Eggsy, 36, from Newport, is a member of comedy rap group goldie Lookin Chain. McDonalds or sushi? Ill go for sushi. It tastes better. Charlotte Church or Katherine Jenkins? I think Churchy is too hardcore for me and shes had a couple of kids now. I prefer the more refined lady. Id like to take Jenko out for a posh dinner. Tom Jones or Aled Jones? We tried to get Aled drunk once, but he wouldnt participate. Hes pretty damn cool. George Galloway or Michael Barrymore? Maggot (a GLC bandmate) was on Big Brother with those two. Id like to meet Galloway because Im fascinated with those bags under his eyes. Id like to touch them. Eminem or Vanilla Ice? Eminem can be really funny, like when he dresses up as Osama bin Laden. I dont like it when he gets too serious though. Cheryl Cole (left) or Victoria Beckham? Ill choose Geordie Spice cos Id like to show her how we do it in Newport. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook, because you can tell everyone in more detail about what youre up to, sitting on the loo. Goldie Lookin Chains single Everybody Is A DJ is out today JULie crOss l H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html