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date: 27 February 2021

Brown, Rt Hon. (James) Gordon free

Born 20 Feb. 1951; s of late Rev. Dr John Brown and J. Elizabeth Brown; m 2000, Sarah Jane Macaulay; two s (one d decd)

PC 1996; Special Envoy for the UN Secretary-General for Global Education, since 2012


Kirkcaldy High Sch.; Edinburgh Univ. MA 1972; PhD 1982


Rector, Edinburgh Univ., 1972–75; Temp. Lectr, Edinburgh Univ., 1976; Lectr, Glasgow Coll. of Technology, 1976–80; Journalist and Current Affairs Editor, Scottish TV, 1980–83. Mem., Unite (formerly TGWU). Chm., Labour Party Scottish Council, 1983–84. Contested (Lab) S Edinburgh, 1979. MP (Lab) Dunfermline E, 1983–2005, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, 2005–15. Opposition Chief Sec. to the Treasury, 1987–89; Opposition Trade and Industry Sec., 1989–92; Opposition Treasury Sec., 1992–97; Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1997–2007; Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, 2007–10. Leader of the Labour Party, 2007–10. Advr, Global Adv. Bd, Pimco, 2015–. Hon. FRSE 2018. DUniv Glasgow, 2015


(ed) The Red Paper on Scotland, 1975; (with H. M. Drucker) The Politics of Nationalism and Devolution, 1980; (ed) Scotland: the real divide, 1983; Maxton, 1986; Where There is Greed, 1989; (with J. Naughtie) John Smith: Life and Soul of the Party, 1994; (with T. Wright) Values, Visions and Voices, 1995; Speeches 1997–2006, 2006; Moving Britain Forward: selected speeches 1997–2006, 2006; Courage: eight portraits, 2007; Britain’s Ordinary Heroes, 2007; The Change We Choose: speeches 2007–09, 2010; Beyond the Crash: overcoming the first crisis of globalisation, 2010; My Scotland, Our Britain: a future worth sharing, 2014; My Life, Our Times, 2017


reading and writing, football and tennis