Gordon Brown is MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Labour
06 April 2011 12:00 AM

Brown, Gordon

06 April 2011

Overview

Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2010. Under his predecessor and ‘frenemy’, Tony Blair, he spent ten years as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Brown is the most recent Scotsman and Labour politician to have served as Prime minister.

Alongside James Callaghan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, he never won a General Election as Prime Minister.

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Prime Minister

In 2007, after much speculation, Tony Blair stepped down as Prime Minister and Labour leader, opening the door for Gordon Brown – his Chancellor and heir-apparent. Brown was elected unopposed as Labour leader and was asked by the Queen to form a government shortly after.

Initial opinion-polls favoured Brown’s leadership and there was much speculation that he would call a snap General Election. But after much delay Brown decided against the idea.

Early in 2008, Brown experienced the first of many major financial crises during his premiership, with the run on Northern Rock. Brown responded by nationalising the bank.

After the financial crisis of 2008/9, Brown introduced a number a rescue packages to keep the banks and the economy afloat. Brown’s reaction to the crisis was hailed as the model to follow. But in an infamous slip he claimed to have ‘saved the world’.

Despite his gaffes, Brown’s managerial style proved reassuring in the face of global chaos. But the ‘Brown Bounce’ was not sustained for long and following the 2010 General Election he was ousted from 10 Downing Street by the first coalition government in 70 years.

What is Gordon Brown doing now?

After leaving Downing Street, Gordon Brown stayed on as a Member of Parliament until stepping down in 2015. His Parliamentary seat was subsequently captured by the Scottish National Party.

In July 2012, Brown was named by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as a United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education. In this role, he chaired the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.

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