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Assistant whip Siobhain McDonagh sacked after leadership contest call

By Cathy Newman

Updated on 12 September 2008

Gordon Brown sacks Siobhain McDonagh, the first member of his government to call publicly for a leadership contest.

Siobhain McDonagh, who was an assistant whip until this evening, is one of a group of Labour MPs demanding a contest ahead of the party's annual conference later this month.

Mr Brown is facing a general election wipeout, according to Channel 4 News' latest poll - and many Labour MPs are worried they'll lose their seats.

It would take 70 Labour MPs to trigger a contest by nominating an alternative leader.

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