Brown pulled plug, say the Rover four

<div>FOUR former MG Rover executives accused of asset-stripping the company blamed Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday for pulling the plug on Britain&rsquo;s last major car maker, leaving it to collapse in 2005.<br /><br />They say he took advice from key treasury adviser Baroness Vadera while he was chancellor.<br /><br />The so-called &ldquo;Phoenix Four&rdquo; &ndash; John Towers, Nick Stephenson, John Edwards and Peter Beale &ndash; say the move clashed with the wishes of Tony Blair, Prime Minister at the time.<br /><br />A dossier, where the claim was made, is the first attempt by the&nbsp;group to defend themselves, after Peter Mandelson asked the Serious Fraud Office to see if there needed to be a criminal investigation.<br /><br />The four bought Rover from BMW for a token sum of &pound;10 in 2000.</div>