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Ex-UK Labour ministers seek vote on PM's leadership

Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown visits the DP World London Gateway port construction site at Standford-le-Hope near Thurrock in southeast England, January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters) - Two former British cabinet ministers have called for a secret ballot to decide if Prime Minister Gordon Brown should lead the Labour Party into an election due by June, British media reported on Wednesday.

“Many colleagues have expressed their frustration at the way in which this question is affecting our political performance,” Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt said a letter to Labour MPs, according to the London Evening Standard.

“We have therefore come to the conclusion that the only way to resolve this issue would be to allow every member to express their view in a secret ballot,” it added.