Blair Leaves Office, Brown Steps in

June 27, 2007 04:23 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
After many years’ waiting, finance minister Gordon Brown becomes British prime minister, while departing Tony Blair adopts the role of special peace envoy to the Middle East.

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June 27, 2007––Gordon Brown realized a long-held ambition when he and his wife, Sarah, greeted the press from the steps of 10 Downing Street, the traditional home of the British prime minister.

Brown has been finance minister since the outgoing premier, Tony Blair, came to power at the head of Britain's Labour Party in 1997.

Allegedly, in 1994 a deal was struck between the two men: Blair agreed to serve only one term before handing over power. But Brown is taking command in the latter half of Blair's third term. Brown was rumored to have been less than happy about the long wait.

Speculation about the friction arising from Blair’s broken promise has been a constant in the U.K. media for years. It even inspired a British TV movie.

Blair held on to the premiership, but to some eyes it was Brown who, thanks to his prudent guidance of the economy, kept Labour in power.

The current journalistic consensus appears to be that a nation unhappy with Blair over Iraq will welcome Brown’s more sober (some say dour) demeanor.



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Gordon Brown

The 56-year-old son of a Scottish minister, Brown went to Edinburgh University at only 16 and left with one of the best-ranked degrees in decades. He became an MP in 1983 and Chancellor of the Exchequer, the term for the British cabinet minister for finance, on May 2, 1997.
Tony Blair

An Oxford-educated lawyer, Tony Blair emerged from an establishment background to become the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, historically the party of the working classes and their unions.

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