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Alistair Darling to lift lid on 'volcanic' Gordon Brown

By Sam Lister

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling will lift the lid on Gordon Brown's increasingly "brutal and volcanic" demeanour when his memoirs are published next week, according to a Labour- supporting blog.

Back from the Brink: 1,000 days at No 11 is said to reveal the true scale of behind-the-scenes feuding that dominated the Government during the financial crash.

Labour Uncut claims to have seen extracts of the book, due out next Wednesday, detailing a total breakdown in trust between the Prime Minister and Chancellor.

Mr Darling is reported to single out Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and former business minister Shriti Vadera who, as key allies of the former Prime Minister, were running what amounted to a parallel Treasury operation within Government.

The blog also claims the book confirms the rumours that the former Prime Minister tried to sack the Chancellor in 2009.

Offered a more junior Cabinet role, Mr Darling threatened to walk out of the Government. Mr Brown, weakened by the economic crisis and plummeting poll ratings, relented and let him remain at No 11.

Atlantic Books, which is publishing the diaries, refused to comment.

Conservative Sayeeda Warsi said the claims showed that key Labour figures put party infighting above the nation's interests.

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