Timeline: Highs and lows of Gordon Brown

(BestGrowthStock) – The Liberal Democrats will pursue a deal on Tuesday to form a government with one of the two larger political parties after an inconclusive election that forced Prime Minister Gordon Brown to say he would resign.

Here are some highs and lows of his career:

June 30, 2007 – Brown is praised for his calm response when Britain goes on its highest level of terrorist threat warning after two car bombs are found in London and two men crash a jeep into Glasgow airport.

August 12 – A poll gives Labour its biggest lead over the Conservative Party since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Brown wins plaudits for his response to floods and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

October 6 – After some speculation, Brown rules out early polls. Analysts see this as the beginning of a fall in his popularity.

May 1, 2008 – Labour slumps to its worst local election defeat in 40 years.

October 3 – Brown revamps his cabinet, recalling former political opponent Peter Mandelson as business secretary.

February 24, 2009 – Brown’s government faces a revolt among his supporters and a union threat of a strike over plans to sell a stake in state-owned Royal Mail. 145 MPs, mostly Labour, sign a motion opposing the part-privatization of Royal Mail.

April 2 – Brown basks in the international spotlight as he hosts a G20 summit in London that agrees to pump an additional $1.1 trillion into the troubled global economy.

June 2 – Home Secretary Jacqui Smith resigns after submitting an expense claim for adult films watched by her husband. The next day Communities Secretary Hazel Blears also resigns over expenses.

June 4 – James Purnell resigns as work and pensions secretary and calls for Brown to go, saying his continued leadership makes a Conservative victory more likely.

— European elections give Labour its smallest share of a national vote in 100 years.

June 5 – Brown reshuffles the cabinet to secure the loyalty of several ministers and avert a government collapse.

June 8 – He sees off a challenge to his authority, winning over Labour members of parliament after admitting mistakes. “I know I need to improve,” Brown tells 350 MPs.

September 27 – In a television interview Brown denies political gossip he is taking prescription painkillers or pills and says he is fit enough to lead the country.

September 30 – The day after Brown’s Labour Party conference speech, Britain’s top-selling daily newspaper the Sun, announces it has switched its support to the Conservatives, saying “Labour’s lost it”.

Jan 28, 2010 – Brown hosts a 60-nation conference on Afghanistan as public support for the war wanes and casualties rise among foreign troops.

February 5 – Brown and his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen endorse an accord to give Northern Ireland full control of its own police and justice system. The agreement is reached after days of talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein.

March 5 – Brown gives evidence to an official inquiry into the Iraq war in London, defending both the military action and his funding of the military while finance minister.

March 6 – He flies into Afghanistan as a row grows at home over whether he had starved British forces of funding.

April 6 – Brown announces parliamentary election on May 6.

April 15 – The three main candidates to lead Britain clash in a live televised debate, a first in British politics.

April 28 – Brown apologizes for being caught on tape describing a voter as “bigoted”, after she confronted him on the economy during a walkabout in northern England.

April 29 – Viewers find Conservative leader David Cameron the winner of the last televised debate between party leaders.

May 4 – Manish Sood, standing for Labour in the election in eastern England, says Brown is the worst leader Britain has had.

May 6 – The general election produces an inconclusive result. Labour loses 91 seats ending up with 258 seats. The Conservatives become the largest party with 306 seats. The Liberal Democrats win 52 seats.

May 10 – Brown announces he will quit as leader in a bid to give Labour one more chance of remaining in power.

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Timeline: Highs and lows of Gordon Brown