Gordon Brown was born in 1951. He was educated at Kirkcaldy High School and then Edinburgh University where he gained 1st Class Honours degree and then a Doctorate. He was Rector of Edinburgh University and Chairman of the University Court between 1972 and 1975. From 1976 to 1980, Mr Brown lectured at Edinburgh University and then the Caledonian University before taking up a post at Scottish TV (1980 - 1983).

In 1983 Mr Brown became the Labour MP for Dunfermline East, and chair of the Scottish Labour Party Council. In 1992 he was appointed shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. When Labour came ot power in 1997 he became full Chancellor, a post that he still occupies.

He lists his interests as football (soccer to you Americans), tennis and film.

Edit: On June 27, 2007 Brown became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. <-- Andrew Aguecheek: I added this, apologies if necessary -->

(to the tune of The Stranglers' Golden Brown)

Tony Blair's losing support
But next door, chancellor Gordon is
Biding his time,
Waiting in line,
Next for the crown
Is Gordon Brown.

Gordon Brown, he'll save the day.
Ask him how - he'll be evasive,
Goes to G8
The poor will still wait,
Hard to pin down
Is Gordon Brown.

Public services must bring results.
Lay off staff, bring in consultants
And more PFI
Pie in the sky,
Never a frown
From Gordon Brown.


Gordon Brown's budget brought hope.
Wonder how we'll cope with his borrowing -
Wages may drop
Are you for the chop?
We'll swim or drown
With Gordon Brown.

(coda to fade)
Never a frown
Don't let us drown
We'll swim or drown
Never a frown ...

These lyrics were written by my sister, from an idea I gave her, and the song is currently doing the rounds in the Manchester folk scene.

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