PM vows not to resign
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced down critics in his own ranks on Monday, vowing to improve his performance after his ruling Labour Party suffered its worst electoral results in a century and more ministers quit his government.
Brown acknowledged failings in a 90-minute meeting with several hundred Labour lawmakers from both houses of Parliament - and appeared to have won support from all but his most strident critics.
After more than a dozen resignations from his government over the last week and his party's failure in elections to local councils and the European Parliament, Brown had faced loud calls to quit from a group of dissident Labour lawmakers.
But legislators who crowded into a wood-paneled Parliament committee room clapped loudly as Brown arrived to address the private meeting, and offered round after round of applause as he vowed not to resign.
Image: Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown leaves Number 10 Downing Street for Parliament on June 8, 2009 in London. (Copyright Getty Images. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)
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