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Brown, Gordon

(James Gordon Brown), 1951–, British politician. From 1975 to 1980 he taught at Edinburgh Univ. and Glasgow College of Technology; he then joined Scottish Television (1980–83) as a journalist. He ran unsuccessfully for Parliament in 1979 but won a seat in 1983. As a Labour partyLabour party,
British political party, one of the two dominant parties in Great Britain since World War I. Origins

The Labour party was founded in 1900 after several generations of preparatory trade union politics made possible by the Reform Bills of 1867 and 1884,
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 member (1983–97) under the Conservative government, he held major opposition posts on trade and economic affairs and, with Tony BlairBlair, Tony
(Anthony Charles Lynton Blair), 1953–, British politician, b. Edinburgh. An Oxford-educated lawyer, he was first elected to Parliament in 1983 as the Labour party candidate from a district in N England.
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, sought to modernize Labour and broaden its political appeal. A potential challenger for leadership of the party in 1994, he stepped aside in favor of Blair, and in 1997, after Labour's electoral victory, Brown became chancellor of the exchequer under Blair; his appointment to the post was widely believed to have been the result of a 1994 deal between Blair and Brown. One of Brown's early actions was to give the Bank of England the power to set short-term interest rates, a power previous Labour and Conservative governments had reserved for themselves. Brown also took a tough stance on government spending, earning a reputation as the "iron chancellor," and established economic criteria for Britain's adopting the euro that helped undermine the prime minister's push to do so. When Blair stepped down as Labour party leader and prime minister in June, 2007, Brown, who had become the longest serving chancellor in modern times, succeeded him in both offices. During the 2008 global financial crisis, Brown's government was the first to attempt to stabilize financial institutions by recapitalizing them with government money. The subsequent recession, however, and a parliamentary expenses scandal contributed to Labour's loss in the 2010 elections, and Brown resigned a prime minister and party leader. David CameronCameron, David William Duncan
, 1966–, British political leader, b. London. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he worked for the Conservative party's research department beginning in 1988, became an adviser to two high-ranking government ministers, and headed corporate
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, leading a Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition, succeeded him as prime minister. In 2014 Brown's campaign for continued union and against Scottish independence was generally regarded as more influential than that of members of the British government. He retired from Parliament the following year. Brown has written several books, including a biography (1986) of the socialist parliamentarian James Maxton, Where There Is Greed: Margaret Thatcher and the Betrayal of Britain's Future (1989), and Fair is Efficient: A Socialist Agenda for Fairness (1994).
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However, Gordon Brown felt that it was reasonable that Scottish MPs should continue to also vote on England-only legislation.
I DON'T think I have ever heard such a passionate speech from a politician as the one from Gordon Brown after the referendum.
Talking to reporter by phone he said that Gordon Brown, who is a known friend of Pakistan, during his tenure in the office of British Prime Minister had increased the annual financial aid for Pakistan to $600 million from $40 million.
Gordon Brown for his continued support to the government s efforts to promote education in Pakistan.
Gordon Brown has said he is "shocked" by allegations that his family's personal details were obtained by the Sunday Times and the Sun.
In truth, Gordon Brown was just about the only person in the country over the age of 50 who believed that the banks' 'pyramid selling scheme' could go on forever.
Alex Beveridge, Cumbernauld SO Gordon Brown has come out of purdah to criticise the coalition's economic record.
Executive Vice President and Publisher of Free Press Martha Levin said, "We are excited to publish this work by Gordon Brown whose book offers a unique perspective on the financial crisis as well as innovative ideas that will help create a sound economic future.
I'm sure Gordon Brown is cutting his own throat by asking Tony Blair, a man who started an illegal war and has blood on his hands, to get involved in the next election.
The Conservative candidate accuses Gordon Brown of bankrupting the country, but he needs to get his facts straight.