The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has ruled out an early election that had been hyped by Labour ministers and the Prime Minister’s officials.
Mr Brown told the BBC: “I’ll not be calling an election. I have a vision for change in Britain and I want to show people how in government we’re implementing it
“Over the summer months we’ve had to deal with crises, we’ve had to deal with foot-and-mouth, with terrorism, with floods, we had financial crises.
“Yes, we could have had an election on competence and I hope people would have understood we have acted competently, but what I want to do is show people the vision we have for the future of this country in housing, health and education.
“And I want the chance in the next phase of my premiership to develop and show people the policies that are going to make a huge difference and make a change in the whole country itself.”
The Prime Minister has this weekend pored over private and media polls that have shown that Labour’s lead over the opposition Conservative Party has narrowed.
Mr Brown’s Director of Political strategy, Spencer Livermore, thought to be the most powerful openly gay man in Britain, would have helped him reach this decision.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said: “He should have stated his intentions, clearly and unequivocally. The inevitable conclusion is that he’s been acting in the interests of the Labour Party and not in the interests of the country.”
The First Minister of Scotland, SNP leader, Alex Salmond said: “Gordon Brown obviously looked at the polls north and south of the border, and ran away at the first whiff of grapeshot.
Those whom the gods seeks to destroy they first render ridiculous, and this shambles leaves Gordon Brown looking totally ridiculous.
Labour are a shambles north of the border, and shaky south of the border. This is not cautious, simply craven.”
The Prime Minister last month attended a gay disco organised by the equal rights charity, Stonewall, at the Labour Party Conference.
Earlier this year, Mr Brown, exclusively took part in a question and answer session on PinkNews.co.uk.