Clare Short to stay in government  
 LONDON (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 resignation by
senior government minister Robin Cook.

The outspoken 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 Nations
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
earlier on Tuesday.