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Kiss chase: Gordon Brown and Michelle Obama embrace at a US function ' paranoid' obsession with maintaining the special relationship with. The success of Gordon Brown's White House visit depends on the Just how special will the relationship between Barack Obama and Gordon Brown be? the second most important man in her life after husband Denis), you. What no one dares stop calling the Special Relationship has been defined UK prime minister Gordon Brown with President Bush in
Where Brown ordered a politically correct ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slavery ship HMS Gannet, Samantha Cameron just popped out to her old shopping grounds in Notting Hill. Her husband handed over a painting by ex-hoodie Ben Eine, some scented candles for Michelle Obama from perfumier Miller Harris, and for the kids some pink and purple Hunter boots.
A devastated Johnnie Boden must be tearing up his catalogue at failing to make the list.
In an interview with the Observer, Eine admitted spraying walls, the kind of vandalism of which the Eric Pickles of this world so much disapprove: Samantha Cameron, exhausted with a fourth child due in September, was not herself present to hand over the present, or to receive presents from the Obamas. In a complex diplomatic tit for tat, the Obamas returned the gift with a picture of their own: This apparently resembles a single column government building with horizons in red, white and blue, the colours of the US and UK flags.
Obama apparently forgot the kids and sent an aide out at the last minute to the club's shop for the strip yesterday morning.
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DC are presently dead last in their conference on 12 points, having won 3 of 17 matches. Still, the exchange is an improvement on Obama's gift to the previous prime minister; in what looked like a rushed trip to the supermarket, the Obamas gave the Browns 25 DVDs which turned out to be unsuitable for UK players.
He was the sixth post-war Prime Minister, of a total of 13, to assume the role without having won a general election. Brown wanted Parliament to gain the right to ratify treaties and have more oversight into the intelligence services.
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He also proposed moving some powers from Parliament to citizens, including the right to form "citizens' juries", easily petition Parliament for new laws, and rally outside Westminster.
He asserted that the attorney general should not have the right to decide whether to prosecute in individual cases, such as in the loans for peerages scandal.
Indeed, the party launched the Not Flash, Just Gordon advertising campaign, which was seen largely as pre-election promotion of Brown as Prime Minister. However, Brown announced on 6 October  that there would be no election any time soon — despite opinion polls showing that he was capable of winning an election should he call one.
This proved to be a costly mistake, as during his party slid behind the Conservatives led by David Cameron in the polls. Disputes over political donations, a string of losses in local elections, and by-election losses in Crewe and Glasgow did himself and the government no favours either. The bill was met with opposition on both sides of the House and backbench rebellion.
In the end the bill passed by just 9 votes. However, no wrongdoing was found and the Commons Authority did not pursue Brown over the claim. He planned to set up an all-party convention to look at new powers for Parliament and to look at rebalancing powers between Whitehall and local government. Brown said he would give Parliament the final say on whether British troops are sent into action in future.
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Brown said he wanted to release more land and ease access to ownership with shared equity schemes. He backed a proposal to build new eco-townseach housing between 10, and 20, home-owners — up tonew homes in total.Brown in Washington: US hails special relationship with UK
Brown also said he wanted to have doctors' surgeries open at the weekends, and GPs on call in the evenings. Doctors were given the right of opting out of out-of-hours care inunder a controversial pay deal, signed by then-Health Secretary John Reidwhich awarded them a 22 percent pay rise in Brown also stated in the manifesto that the NHS was his top priority. On 5 Junejust three weeks before he was due to take the post of Prime Minister, Brown made a speech promising "British Jobs for British workers".
Brown was committed to the Iraq Warbut said in a speech in June that he would "learn the lessons" from the mistakes made in Iraq. He has often said "War is tragic", echoing Blair's quote, "War is horrible".
Brown had been under intense pressure from human rights campaigners to send a message to China, concerning the Tibetan unrest. His decision not to attend the opening ceremony was not an act of protest, but rather was made several weeks in advance and not intended as a stand on principle. I think people have got to remember that the special relationship between a British prime minister and an American president is built on the things that we share, the same enduring values about the importance of liberty, opportunity, the dignity of the individual.
I will continue to work, as Tony Blair did, very closely with the American administration. Brown's opponents on both sides of the House, and in the press, suggested that ratification by Parliament was not enough and that a referendum should also be held.
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Labour's manifesto had pledged to give British public a referendum on the original EU Constitution. He also responded with plans for a lengthy debate on the topic, and stated that he believed the document to be too complex to be decided by referendum.
When that happens, then the government should explain why it's ignoring the particular advice". This event was dubbed the 'Lancashire Plot', as two backbenchers from pre Lancashire urged him to step down and a third questioned his chances of holding on to the Labour Party leadership. Several MPs argued that if Brown did not recover in the polls by earlyhe should call for a leadership contest. However, certain prominent MPs, such as Jacqui Smith and Bill Rammellsuggested that Brown was the right person to lead Britain through its economic crisis.
McDonagh was sacked from her role shortly afterwards, on 12 September. Whilst McDonagh did not state that she wanted Brown deposed, she implored the Labour party to hold a leadership election, she was sacked from her role shortly afterwards.
In the article, Miliband outlined the party's future, but neglected to mention the Prime Minister. Miliband, responded to this by saying that he was confident Brown could lead Labour to victory in the next general election, and that his article was an attack against the fatalism in the party since the loss of Glasgow-East. Brown later referred to the call for a secret ballot as a "form of silliness".
The SNP, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats all derided Labour for their disorganised nature, with Alex Salmond commenting "This is their 'lost weekend'—they don't have a leader in Scotland, they don't have a candidate in Glasgow East, and they have a prime minister who refuses to come to the constituency".