Gordon Brown ‘propped up MG Rover for election before pulling plug

Labour ministers including Gordon Brown were last night accused of “pulling the plug” on MG Rover in 2005 after their attempts to prop it up for political purposes collapsed.

In April 2005, with the last general election approaching, Mr Brown and Tony Blair stepped in to attempt to save the firm from collapse.

They were accused of cynically keeping the firm “on life support” by using £6.5 million of public money to cover Rover’s wage bill during an attempt to revive takeover talks with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation.

The Conservatives said that Mr Blair and Mr Brown were desperately attempting to stop the loss of jobs – and therefore votes in key marginal constituencies – before the public went to the polls the following month.

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