Cameron testifies at media ethics inquiry

Cameron testifies at media ethics inquiry

LONDON, June 14 (UPI) -- The relationship between politicians and media has become too cozy in the last 20 years, British Prime Minister David Cameron said at a media ethics inquiry.
Brown says Murdoch hurt war effort

Brown says Murdoch hurt war effort

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, at the inquiry into the Murdoch media empire, Monday accused The Sun newspaper of harming Britain's war effort.
Bush, Blair talks focus of Iraq inquiry

Bush, Blair talks focus of Iraq inquiry

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- A British tribunal ordered the government to release details of conversations it had with Washington one week before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

High tax rate on U.K.'s wealthiest to stay

LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A 50 percent tax rate on Britain's highest earners will stay in effect until at least 2015, government officials said.
Gordon Brown's e-mails said hacked in U.K.

Gordon Brown's e-mails said hacked in U.K.

LONDON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Police in Britain say private investigators commissioned by national newspapers may have hacked e-mails sent and received by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

London's Iraq war inquiry report delayed

LONDON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A London inquiry examining the legality of the Iraq war said it needs another six months to release its report because of declassification issues.

U.K. bans poppy-burning extremist group

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Britain is banning Muslims against Crusades, an extremist group that caused widespread outrage when it burned replica poppies, an almost sacrosanct symbol of remembrance for war dead since the early 20th century.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
By United Press International

Cameron calls for reinvention

MANCHESTER, England, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech to the Conservative Party conference, called on Britain to be tough but offered few specifics on economic recovery.

Miliband speech irks former Labor leaders

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Members of Britain's last Labor government criticized party leader Ed Miliband Wednesday for a stem-winding speech on business practices.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.
By United Press International

Memoir details troubles with Gordon Brown

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Leaked extracts from Alistair Darling's upcoming memoir suggest everyone had trouble with his predecessor as British chancellor, Gordon Brown.
Gordon Brown attacks News International

Gordon Brown attacks News International

LONDON, July 12 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said News International used "unlawful tactics" to gain personal information about his family and finances.

Blair criticizes Gordon Brown

LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair attacked his successor Friday, saying there was little continuity between his Labor government and Gordon Brown's.
More Berlusconi tales -- from London

More Berlusconi tales -- from London

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Silvio Berlusconi once asked for model Naomi Campbell's phone number, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife says.
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Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown waves farewell to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy after a joint press conference at No.10 Downing St in London, Friday March 12 2010. UPI/Hugo Philpott

James Gordon Brown (born 20 February 1951) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1983, currently for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. He served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 until 2010. Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007, after the resignation of Tony Blair and three days after becoming leader of the governing Labour Party. Immediately before this, he had served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from 1997 to 2007. His tenure ended in May 2010, when he resigned as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Brown was one of only three people to serve in the Cabinet continuously from Labour's victory in 1997 until its defeat in 2010, the others being Jack Straw and Alistair Darling.

Brown has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh and spent his early career working as a lecturer at a further education college and a television journalist. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1983; first for Dunfermline East and since 2005 for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. As Prime Minister, he also held the offices of First Lord of the Treasury and the Minister for the Civil Service.

Brown's time as Chancellor was marked by major reform of Britain's monetary and fiscal policy architecture, transferring interest rate setting powers to the Bank of England, by a wide extension of the powers of the Treasury to cover much domestic policy and by transferring responsibility for banking supervision to the Financial Services Authority. Controversial moves included the abolition of advance corporation tax (ACT) relief in his first budget, and the removal in his final budget of the 10% "starting rate" of personal income tax which he had introduced in 1999.

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