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A presentation about the political life of Gordon Brown.



Tomas Richards

Gordon Brown

03. Brown's Premiership

02. Chancellor of the Exchequer

01. Early career

06. Successes

05. Key Policies

04. Cabinet

08. Conclusion

07. Failures


Brown was a lecturer of politics at the Edinburgh College of Technology, From 1980, he worked as a journalist at a Scottish newspaper. He later became the current affairs editor.

01. Early Career

Election to Parliament

Brown was finally elected to Parliament after his second attempt, in the 1983 General Election. He become the constituency MP for Dunfermline east.

Brown inhertied the Labour Party which had a majority in the HoC, which will be the case until 2010.
Brown was invited to form a new government, of which he did on the 28th June 2007.

Brown's Premiership


Brown was elected Prime Minister in the 2007 Labour Leadership Elections, triggered by the resignation of Tony Blair.



He became Britain's longest serving Chancellor, of 10 years, 1 month, and 25 days.
2nd May 1997 - 27th June 2007
His Chancellorship started when Blair came into power, and subsequently ended after Blair's resignation.
Brown became Chancellor under Tony Blair's government.

02. Chancellor of the Exchequer

Fourth Brown Cabinet (5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010)
Third Brown Cabinet (3 October 2008 – 5 June 2009)
Second Brown Cabinet (24 January 2008 – 3 October 2008)
First Brown Cabinet (28 June 2007 – 24 January 2008)
There were a total of 4 cabinets under Brown:
A majority of Blair's cabinet was retained by Brown for his own cabinet.

04. Cabinet

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In the spring of 2009, a political scandal erupted involving the widespread misuse of expense accounts by members of Parliament, including members of Gordon Brown’s Cabinet. This led to the resignation of several members of Brown’s Cabinet and a major Cabinet reshuffle.

Gordon Brown was accused in 2009 of misappropriating funds after paying his brother Andrew $10,000 to clean his Westminster flat.

In 2009, Gordon Brown faced a crisis after a critical advisor, Damian McBride, resigned, and the Conservative Party threatened legal action over explosive leaked emails. The emails were about how senior Conservatives, including David Cameron and his wife Samantha, could be targeted with smears about their private lives.


Cabinet Scandals




Key Policies

Brown made various improvments to the NHS; tackled inequality; and promoted new policies for climate action.

As Prime Minister

06. Successes

Labour Revolutionary

Gordon Brown was a key figure in the formation of New Labour, the party we now know today.

Time as Chancellor

During his time as Chancellor, he steered the British economy during a period of sustained expansion. His decision to make the Bank of England independent, which some may say deviated us from a second Great Depression. Inflation remained low, and the standard of living remained high.

07. Failures

Critical Issues

Critics say Brown failed to address critical issues facing the UK at the time of his premiership, like the ailing economy; resolve party and political problems and scandals; and preventing the decline of the Labour Party.

Labour's Support

During his premiership the support for the Labour Party dropped, therefore allowing the Tories to make a comeback under Cameron.

08. Conclusions

Brown's Premiership

Overall, the premiership of Brown wasn't anything special compared to Prime Ministers before and after. He managed to stablise the economy during an uncertain period, and made a focus on reducing inequality across the UK.

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Gordon Brown Labour Manifesto 2010

Domestic Policy

  • Clampdown on ministerial corruption
  • Making land ownership easier
  • Improving NHS services
  • Better enforcment of the Equalities Acts
  • Promoting green policies for the environment
  • Improving the current situtation in Northern Ireland

Brown concluded adopting the Euro would not benefit the country.

Brown reduce Corporation tax overall from 33% (pre-1999) to 19% (2007)

Corporation tax

Euro Currency

Brown gave the BoE indepdendence in monetary policy.

Bank of England

Gordon Brown Labour Party Manifesto 2010

Foreign Policy

  • Still comit to the Iraq War
  • Remain comitted to the UK's membership of the European Union
  • Promote the UK's cause on Human Rights
  • Continue a strengthened relationship with the United States