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Tensions rock at No 10 as top Brown aide walks out after PM 'reduced him to tears'

linked-imageResignation: Spencer Livermore was a top aide to Gordon Brown for ten years, seen here in December last year

Serious tensions at the heart of 10 Downing Street were exposed today in the wake of the resignation of one of Gordon Brown's chief aides. Spencer Livermore walked out last night after a decade as one of the Prime Minister's closest supporters, despite attempts by members of the Brown inner circle including Cabinet minister Ed Balls to persuade him to stay on.

His departure had long been rumoured after the cancelled election fiasco last autumn, when he was said to have been reduced to tears by a haranguing by the Prime Minister.

The latest ructions were being blamed on the influence of Stephen Carter, the former Brunswick executive headhunted by Mr Brown to reorganise his political machinery in the New Year.

Mr Carter has been accused of trying to get rid of a string of senior figures close to Mr Brown.

Last week he had to telephone the PM's Commons aide, Labour MP Iain Austin, to deny reports he was trying to oust him.

Mr Livermore, who was seventh in the 2007 Pink List of influential gay people, is joining advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi and Fallon.

A gifted speechwriter, he worked for Mr Brown since 1998.

"Spencer has made a huge contribution for the past 10 years," said Mr Brown in a statement.

linked-imageRegret: Gordon Brown

"I am extremely grateful to him for the work he has done. "I regret his decision to leave Downing Street, but I know that he will continue to play a major role with his new company in helping Labour to a fourth term in government."

Number 10 officials insist that reports of backstage rows have been exaggerated and point out that Mr Carter once invited Mr Livermore to become his deputy at Brunswick.

However, one of Mr Carter's first acts was to move into the latter's office.

Eyebrows were raised when the current issue of PR Week, the magazine for public relations experts and spin doctors, published an informed organisation chart of the No 10 operation that showed Mr Carter in a central position.

And Whitehall gossips say Mr Livermore was fed up with being criticised by anonymous sources and was allegedly left out of a political strategy briefing to Labour staff last week.

Mr Carter also named new boy David Muir as being in charge of political strategy — which was the first most Labour staffers knew that the popular Mr Livermore was no longer filling that role.

Livermore had been planning to move on for several months, feeling that 10 years in the front line of politics was enough, said Downing Street officials.

But a source confirmed to the Standard that his departure had been 'hastened' by the arrival of Mr Carter.

There have also been persistent rumours of further shake-ups at No 10, with new advisers being brought in to replace the 'old guard' of aides who have served Mr Brown for years.

i reckon i could reduce brown to tears :yes:

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i reckon i could reduce brown to tears :yes:

i wouldnt mind having the opportunity to try, :D give him such a smack in his good eye that when he wakes up his clothes will be out of fashion. :blink:

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Tensions rock at No 10 as top Brown aide walks out after PM 'reduced him to tears'

:lol: crying? the big girl's blouse! what a poncy drama queen.

Oh er thanks to wiki, I've just found out he's gay... :unsure2: I meant him 'crying' that's all.

In May 2007 he was listed as the seventh most powerful gay man in Britain.

In November 2007 Gay Times described him as the most powerful gay man in Britain.

Reminds me of little Britain's Sebastian Love.


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