Peter Mandelson forced Gordon Brown to throw Cabinet Minister Shaun Woodward out of his No10 office in a bitter power struggle in the Prime Minister’s inner circle. The peer reacted furiously when Mr Brown invited him to a meeting about tactics for combating David Cameron. To the astonishment of Mr Brown and Ulster Secretary Mr Woodward, Lord Mandelson refused to take part in the confidential talks until his Cabinet colleague was ejected. Mr Brown meekly agreed and a humiliated Mr Woodward walked out, leaving Lord Mandelson and the Prime Minister to speak alone.The disclosure is the latest evidence of the simmering tensions in Mr Brown’s kitchen Cabinet.Labour insiders have told The Mail on Sunday that there is considerable resentment at the way former Tory MP Mr Woodward is now among Mr Brown’s closest confidants.Lord Mandelson’s view of Mr Woodward’s skills as a political tactician is said to border on contempt.
But more seriously for Mandelson, the Sunday Times accuses him of covering up a report into MG Rover.