View Full Version : Britain's new PM: Gordon Brown

27th June 07, 09:19 PM
Huh, no one's posted this yet?

Brown is UK's new prime minister
Gordon Brown has become the UK's prime minister, succeeding Tony Blair.

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42432000/jpg/_42432038_zbrown_pa203.jpgPosing outside 10 Downing Street with his wife Sarah, the man who has been Mr Blair's chancellor since 1997 said: "Let the work of change begin."

He said his priorities were education, health and restoring trust in politics and promised to "try my utmost".

Mr Blair has stood down as MP for Sedgefield after 24 years to become a Middle East peace envoy. A Cabinet reshuffle is expected on Thursday.

Standing ovation

Long-time ally Alistair Darling is tipped to replace Mr Brown as chancellor.

BBC political editor Nick Robinson said it was likely that Environment Secretary David Miliband would be promoted to foreign secretary.

Before entering 10 Downing Street, Mr Brown said: "This will be a new government with new priorities. And I have been privileged to have been granted the great opportunity to serve my country.

"And at all times I will be strong in purpose, steadfast in will, resolute in action in the service of what matters to the British people, meeting the concerns and aspirations of our whole country."


Mr Brown promised to lead a government of "all the talents" and said his "mission" was to provide "the best of chances for everyone".

"If we can fulfil the potential and realise the talents of all our people then I'm absolutely sure that Britain can be the great global success story of this century," he told reporters in Downing Street.

Then, quoting his school motto, he said: "I will try my utmost. This is my promise to all of the people of Britain. And now let the work of change begin."

Mr Brown is thought likely to carry out the bulk of his Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday, but it has already emerged that Margaret Beckett is leaving her post of foreign secretary.

Ms Hewitt, who has elderly parents in Australia, said she was quitting the government for "personal reasons".

Election demand

Baroness Amos, leader of the House of Lords, is leaving the Cabinet, the BBC has learned.

Conservative leader David Cameron congratulated Mr Brown on becoming prime minister, but demanded he hold an immediate general election.

He said: "Gordon Brown doesn't have the mandate, he wasn't elected as prime minister, and he should go to the country."

Mr Brown spent 57 minutes inside Buckingham Palace in a private audience with the Queen - more than double Mr Blair's 28 minutes.

Mr Brown, 56, becomes the 11th prime minister of the Queen's reign.

He became Labour leader unopposed on Sunday after potential rivals had failed to gain enough support to mount a challenge.

Earlier, Mr Blair was earlier given an emotional standing ovation by MPs.

He admitted he had "never pretended to be a great House of Commons man" but he paid tribute to the "noble" work of MPs and - in his final words to Parliament - said: "I wish everyone, friend or foe, well and that is that, the end."

Mr Blair travelled by train to Sedgefield, in the north-east of England, where he said farewell to local party members after 24 years as their MP.

He will take up a new job as a peace envoy for the "quartet" of the UN, America, EU and Russia.

As they left Downing Street the Blair family - including their four children - posed for the media.

Mr Blair said nothing as they got in the car, but wife Cherie smiled and waved at the press and said she would not "miss" them.

Conservative leader David Cameron hailed Mr Blair's "remarkable achievement" in being prime minister for 10 years, praising peace in Northern Ireland and Mr Blair's work in the developing world which he said will "endure".

He wished him "every success for whatever he does in the future".

Mr Blair thanked Mr Cameron for his tributes and said although he could not wish the Tory leader well politically, "personally I wish both him and his family very well indeed".

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell said that, despite their political disagreements, Mr Blair had been "unfailingly courteous" and extended his party's best wishes to the outgoing prime minister and his family.


Link. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/6245682.stm)

So, let's get everyone's opinion of the new PM.

Is he going to be in GWB's pocket like Tony Blair was?

Sun Wukong
28th June 07, 02:50 AM
So... what do you pommies think of your new PM?

28th June 07, 04:11 AM
Hands up if you think it'll make any difference to Britain.

28th June 07, 06:15 AM
I've changed the icon for the story where it is displayed in Ground Zero to the appropriate one.

Hopefully that will save people from wasting time by viewing the thread in the first place.

28th June 07, 07:00 AM
Sorry Steve, we're all busy trying not to drown to be bothered about him.

Truculent Sheep
28th June 07, 09:06 AM
You missed the hideous rictus grin he tried to pass up as a smile on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street yesterday...

And here's ten good reasons why the miserable Stalinist Twat shouldn't be PM:


And here's why you should never leave your children alone with him:


Did I mention he eats his own bogies?


28th June 07, 09:38 AM
Bogies, LoL! It's boogers!

Silly English people can't speak English.

Ah, this thread has accomplished much!

Truculent Sheep
28th June 07, 09:44 AM
Bogies, LoL! It's boogers!

Silly English people can't speak English.

Ah, this thread has accomplished much!

You can't beat a bit of Mucophagy at PM's Questions!

Yiktin Voxbane
28th June 07, 09:51 AM
I think Putin and him should gr4pPle for the right to control all of Europe ...

They both look like brawlers .

In the bout to knock the other guy out ....

28th June 07, 09:53 AM
I think Putin and him should gr4pPle for the right to control all of Europe ...

They both look like brawlers .

In the bout to knock the other guy out ....
Putin's a high Dan grade in Judo, he'd have Brown easily.

Yiktin Voxbane
28th June 07, 10:47 AM
Then the home of my Forefathers shall drink of the Vodka and eat the Borscht !

28th June 07, 11:02 AM
Over English cuisine, that's one hell of an improvement. GO PUTIN!

Truculent Sheep
28th June 07, 05:56 PM
Over English cuisine, that's one hell of an improvement. GO PUTIN!

Tsk! What's wrong with a traditional British fleck of calcified snot? Very chewy, with a salty aftertaste: