The burgeoning British scandal over the misuse of government expense accounts is claiming its first major victims and setting the stage for a major shake-up in the country's leadership.
"It's an opportunity for (Prime Minister Gordon) Brown to rebrand his party somewhat. So there may be some major changes," Eamonn Butler, director at the Adam Smith Institute said.
Communities Secretary Hazel Blears resigned her cabinet post on Wednesday, a day after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith confirmed she too would be leaving the cabinet.
Several other Labour members of parliament implicated in the expense scandal also said they planned to step down at the next general election, which is due by mid-June 2010, according to Reuters.
The resignations come on the eve of the European parliament elections as Prime Minister Brown's Labour Party receives the brunt of the country's outrage in the expenses dispute.
“People aren’t actually very interested in European issues,” Butler told CNBC Tuesday. Instead, he said that the expense scandal would “cloud the whole issue” of the upcoming European elections.