gordon brown was born in scotland and grew up in the industrial town of kirkcaldy. He started at Edinburgh University at 16, making him the youngest since the war.
It was in college that he began to have vision problems and doctors diagnosed him with a detached retina, which was caused by an injury he received in his last match for his school’s rugby team. He obtained a first class BA in history and became the youngest Chancellor of Edinburgh University in 1972.
gordon brown became MP for east dunfermline in the 1983 general election with a majority of 11,000 and shared his first house of commons position with tony blair, where they became friends. he later became shadow chancellor and endorsed tony blair for the leadership of the labor party. working together they got an overwhelming majority in 1997.
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He was finance minister during the longest period of economic growth in history. he also made the bank of england independent and announced, at the gleneagles summit in 2005, an agreement to support the world’s poorest countries and tackle climate change. His passion for global justice was shown in negotiating him to cancel the debts of the world’s poorest nations and triple the development budget.
It was during his time as chancellor that he proposed to sarah macaulay and 7 months later they were married at his home in north queensferry.
Gordon Brown became Prime Minister on June 27, 2007 after Tony Blair stepped down. During his time as prime minister, he oversaw such changes as the introduction of neighborhood policing in all areas, a legally enforceable right to early cancer detection and treatment, and the world’s first climate change law, which was implemented in the fall of 2008.
The biggest challenge he faced in office was the global financial crisis and subsequent recession. in april 2009, it hosted the g20 summit in london, where world leaders pledged to make an additional $1.1 trillion available to help the world economy overcome the crisis and restore credit, growth and jobs . they also committed to improving financial supervision and regulation.
uk combat operations in iraq, which had begun under his predecessor, came to an end under gordon brown. british forces withdrew from the country at the end of april 2009. he regularly visited iraq and afghanistan and, in december 2009, became the first prime minister for any length of time to remain in a war zone when he spent the night in kandahar , afghanistan.
he was heavily involved in international negotiations to reach an agreement to replace the kyoto treaty, and in december 2009, he attended the united nations summit in copenhagen. After the summit, he promised to lead an international campaign to convert the agreements reached in Copenhagen into a legally binding treaty.
During his time in office, he worked with his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen to negotiate the devolution of police and judicial powers in Northern Ireland. An agreement was finally reached in February 2010 and powers were transferred to the Northern Ireland government the following April.