Gordon Brown set for Foreign Office?

The Sun's Political Editor, who knows things, is reporting that Blair and Brown have done a deal whereby Gordon Brown will become Foreign Secretary after the General Election in return for Tony Blair backing him for Premier when the time comes. Perhaps after Brown's recent Africa trip the dowdy Chancellor has developed a taste for world travel and an opportunity to play world statesman. The Times tomorrow also makes the case for a Brown move to the FO. The Foreign Secretary (and the Foreign Office itself) seems to increasingly play second fiddle to the Prime Minister and Downing Street on glamorous or politically charged issues, would that sit well with Gordon Brown? And would it be detrimental to the FCO to become embroiled in the (presumably ongoing) rivalry?

Posted by Paul in UK Politics at February 3, 2005 12:47 AM | 0 Comments