British PM faces fresh pressure over bullying claims
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 22:24
London: A row over claims British Prime Minister Gordon Brown bullied members of his staff refused to die down today, as he denied telling aides to unleash "the forces of hell" on his finance minister.

Brown, battling to win a general election likely on May 6, had already rejected claims in a new book that he swore at advisors, turfed a secretary out of her chair for typing too slowly and furiously grabbed a staff member by the jacket lapels.

But finance minister Alistair Darling told Sky News TV yesterday that "the forces of hell were unleashed" on him by Downing Street and the opposition Conservatives for predicting in 2008 the worst recession for 60 years.

That unusually frank comment raised fresh questions about the workplace culture at Brown's Downing Street office.

Brown today told the GMTV breakfast television programme: "I was never part of anything to do with this."

He added that he and Darling had been friends for 20 years and had "huge mutual respect for each other." He also admitted again: "I get angry sometimes."

"We are a sort of family in Downing Street and like every family there are issues that come from time to time, but we have a got a great working environment and we get things done," Brown added.


First Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 22:24

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