British PM is worst ever, says candidate from his party
A British general election candidate standing for Gordon Brown's ruling Labour party described him as "the worst prime minister" ever in comments published Tuesday.
In a new blow to the embattled British premier, Manish Sood said Brown was a "disgrace" and that he should apologise to the British people and Queen Elizabeth II.
Brown's Labour is well behind in opinion polls and faces the prospect of losing Thursday's general election after 13 years in power.
"Immigration has gone up which is creating friction within communities. The country is getting bigger and messier," Sood told the Lynn News, a local newspaper in the eastern England constituency where he is standing.
"The role of ministers has gone bureaucratic and the action of ministers has gone downhill -- it is corrupt.
"The loss of social values is the basic problem and this is not what the Labour Party is about.
"I believe Gordon Brown has been the worst prime minister we have had in this country.
"It is a disgrace and he owes an apology to the people and the queen."
In interviews with broadcasters later, Sood said he stood by the comments to his local newspaper.
"We need to clean the whole party up A to Z, and it's as simple as that. Once we do that, things will get better," he told Sky News.
He is a local councillor in Leicester, central England, but is standing in North-West Norfolk in eastern England, which the Conservatives won at the last general election in 2005.
© 2010 AFP