FACTBOX-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigns

May 11 (BestGrowthStock) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said
on Tuesday he would resign following last week’s inconclusive
general election, and would ask the Queen to invite the leader
of the opposition to form a government.

Here are some facts about Brown:

* Brown, 59, became prime minister in June 2007 when Tony
Blair stepped down after 10 years in power and three straight
general election victories.

* Before taking the top job, Brown had been Britain’s
longest-serving finance minister in 200 years. His first act on
becoming chancellor in 1997 was to hand independence to the Bank
of England, putting it in charge of setting interest rates.

* Born in Scotland in 1951, Brown is the second of three
sons. His father was a minister in the Church of Scotland. Brown
has described his parents as “my inspiration, and the reason I
am in politics”.

* He lost the sight in one eye in a rugby accident when he
was a teenager. Brown dismissed suggestions last year that he
was slowly losing sight in his other eye.

* He went to Edinburgh University at the age of 15, one of
the institution’s youngest students.

* Brown confirmed in an interview in February that he and
Blair had agreed that Blair would seek the party leadership in
1994 and then stand down “at some point” and support Brown for
the leadership.

* The pair clashed over public service reforms and over
Blair’s ambition to take Britain into the euro, which Brown
effectively thwarted by setting out five economic criteria that
Britain had to meet before joining.

* Relations between the two men deteriorated over Blair’s
reluctance to step aside and hand Brown the premiership.

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

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(Reporting by London newsroom and David Cutler, London
Editorial Reference Unit; editing by Andrew Roche)

FACTBOX-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown resigns