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Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was the leader of the left wing Labour party, and supported John Maynard Keynes' theory of spending your way out of the recession. The resulting policies seemed to be slowly working until the Tory-led coalition government achieved power and decided to attack poor people instead.

Path to Power

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he became a left-wing liberal Democratic Socialist after seeing the effects of unemployment in the city. He studied History at Edinburgh University, before being elected as Labour MP for Dunfermline East. Brown then became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997, a post he held for over 10 years. His continued success in this post meant that after the resignation of Tony Blair, Brown became the only serious candidate for leadership.

Prime Minister

Brown became Prime Minister on 27th June 2007. Initially, polls for the Labour Party increased upon Gordon Brown's leadership. However, in an extraordinarily unlucky example of right place at the wrong time, the credit crunch then hit, quickly followed by mass unemployment, a level of press hostility unseen in decades and a decrease in Labour's popularity.

Good policies but poor defensive skills. However, in the modern, skin deep world of the media, charisma is becoming more important than policies and so despite his experience showing him to be a capable economist, he became increasingly unpopular. Despite this, people with common sense knew he was still Enormously preferable to David Cameron. In April 2010, Brown asked the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call an election. This election included the first televised leadership debates in British History. However in 2010 a split in Liberal support between the Labour party and Liberal Democrats led them to win less than half the seats in parliament. David Cameron sadly, was successful in making a Coalition Government to steal power from Brown days later.

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