Clare Short to
stay in government
(Reuters) - Government minister Clare Short, who had said she
would resign if
Britain went to war without a U.N. mandate, has decided
to stay in the
Cabinet, her office says.
Short`s decision to stay will come as a relief
to Prime Minister Tony
Blair as he battles to keep his government and the
Labour Party united
behind his hawkish Iraq policy in the wake of Monday`s
senior government minister Robin Cook.
Short recently accused Blair of pursuing a "reckless"
policy over the
disarmament of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Blair`s
failure to sack her
illustrated just how carefully he knew he had to
tread with his party and
government over Iraq.
Her decision comes as Blair braces for what could
be a major
parliamentary revolt after he abandoned efforts to secure United
backing for war on Iraq.
More than one in four Labour
legislators could rebel at a vote in
parliament on Tuesday. Support for the
anti-war camp could grow in the
wake of Cook`s resignation and that of a
junior health minister who quit