Birmingham MP Clare Short has joined criticism of Gordon Brown claiming he has done “extraordinarily badly” as Prime Minister.
The Ladywood MP was a close ally of Mr Brown when they were members of Tony Blair’s Cabinet. But she has revealed her disappointment with his leadership and the country.
Ms Short said: “The party has lost its way, its heart and its membership.”
She also said Mr Blair threatened her with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. She made the comments in an interview with Parliamentary Monitor, a magazine targeted at MPs and Whitehall officials.
The former International Development Secretary quit Government following the Iraq War, claiming Mr Blair had broken promises about efforts to help the Iraqi people once fighting was over.
She later resigned from the Parliamentary Labour Party after she was disciplined by Redditch MP Jacqui Smith, Labour’s Chief Whip, for suggesting the next election could see a hung Parliament.
Ms Short, who sits in the Commons as an independent, said: “I got this rude letter from Jacqui Smith, the then Chief Whip, reprimanding me. It was made public and I thought: ‘This is too silly. I cannot be doing with it any more’.
"I was only sharing my views with people and I thought if I am going to be treated like a naughty schoolgirl it is time to resign the whip.
"It has put me in this strange situation where I’m alienated from everyone but on the other hand, I think the Labour Party is in a complete mess and I’m glad not to be associated with it.”
She highlighted ID cards, 42-days detention for terror suspects and university student fees as issues where she disagreed with the Government, as well as the Iraq War.