Brown under mounting pressure to resign

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under increasing pressure to step down as the MPs expenses scandal claimed the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, as its latest victim.

Ms Smith has decided to resign despite speculation Mr Brown was going to get rid of her in a cabinet reshuffle expected next week.

The Guardian newspaper, a traditional supporter of the Labor Party, has joined a chorus of calls from opposition leaders for Mr Brown to resign.

But Cabinet Minister John Denham denies that the situation amounts to a crisis.

"Ive seen a number of reshuffles - many over the years Ive been in Parliament," he said.

"I think that almost everyone, there has been one or more ministers have indicated in advance that they didnt want to be considered.

"Other ministers have said that they are not going to stand but that is a perfectly normal thing to happen."