Brown takes charge as Labour’s old left is routed

Gordon Brown, the man once described by a senior civil servant as operating with ‘‘Stalinist ruthlessness’’, has been elected unopposed to lead his party and Britain after receiving 88 per cent of Labour MPs’ votes – a margin the former Soviet leader

19th May, 2007

Gordon Brown, the man once described by a senior civil servant as operating with ‘‘Stalinist ruthlessness’’, has been elected unopposed to lead his party and Britain after receiving 88 per cent of Labour MPs’ votes – a margin the former Soviet leader would have been proud of.

Before the close of nominations last Thursday, Brown declared he would welcome a contest, but the left of the party is no more than...

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