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Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom
Chancellor of the Exchequer

Mr. Gordon Brown has been Chancellor of the Exchequer since 1997, and a Member of Parliament since 1983. As the head of Her Majesty’s Treasury, Mr. Brown is responsible for developing and executing the UK Government’s public finance and economic policy. Before becoming Shadow Chancellor in 1992, he held two other senior posts on the Opposition front bench - Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 1987 to 1989 and Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Brown received his Bachelor’s with 1st Class Honors and his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University. He was Rector of Edinburgh University, and Chairman of the University Court. He lectured at Edinburgh University and then Caledonian University before taking up a post at Scottish Television. Mr. Brown has edited and published a number of works including a biography of the Independent Labour Party politician, James Maxton. In a 2006 speech to the United Nations, Mr. Brown announced his support for the Millennium Development Goals, and outlined an environmentally sustainable plan for development, vocalizing support for global warming measures. He has also been a key figure in the EFA-Fast Track Initiative donor program for improving education in the developing world.

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