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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown's (1951-) father was a minister in the Church of Scotland and strongly shaped his views. He always goes to church when he is in his constituency.

Gordon Brown's first name is actually James and he should not be confused with the godfather of soul.

James Gordon Brown was one of several UK prime ministers that chose to be known by their middle names, along with Ramsay MacDonald, Neville Chamberlain, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan and Gordon Brown.

Brown lost the sight in his left eye during a rugby match between Kirkcaldy High School First 11 and the Old Boys in 1967. He was playing wing forward. He was kicked in the head in a scrum and his retina was detached.

Brown had three operations and other treatments, including lying in a darkened room for some weeks. When all failed, he was left permanently blind in his left eye. Then a few months later, while playing tennis, he noticed the same symptoms in his right eye. Dr Hector Chawia saved his sight with surgery at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

He is not able to read newsprint easily and  has to rely on others to keep him informed about what's in the papers.

Brown is a devoted supporter of his local football team, Raith Rovers

A prodigious intellect, Gordon Brown went to university at 16.

After university, Brown worked briefly as a lecturer and a television journalist before entering parliament in 1983, the same year as Tony Blair. The two of them shared an office.

Brown was the longest-serving chancellor in 200 years. His first act as minister was to hand independence to the Bank of England, putting it in charge of interest rates, a move lauded by financial markets.

At the age of 49, Gordon Brown married Sarah Macaulay in a private ceremony at his home in North Queensferry, Fife, on August 3, 2000.

Brown's first child with his wife Sarah died 10 days after her premature birth in 2001. The couple have since had two children, the second of whom has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Brown tried to get Andrew Lloyd Webber to join his government as a cultural ambassador.

Brown received a Christmas card from David Cameron saying "Merry Christmas from me and 'the props'" after Brown accused Cameron of using his children as props in his 2008 conference speech.

Sources The Guardian, Daily Mail,

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