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Former British PM Gordon Brown set to quit political scene

Published 12/05/2010 | 03:52

Gordon Brown has quit as Prime Minister
Gordon Brown has quit as Prime Minister
Gordon Brown and family leave Downing Street
Gordon Brown and wife Sarah leave Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street after an audience with The Queen
New Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha meet Cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell in the Cabinet Room of 10 Downing Street, London, after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving an invitation from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, stand in Downing Street after an audience with The Queen at which she invited him to form a new government
The official Buckingham Palace document released by the press office, announcing Queen Elizabeth II's request for David Cameron to form a new administration
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, wave on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street
Britain's new Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street
Staff listen to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown making a statement as he leaves Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greets David Cameron at Buckingham Palace in an audience to invite him to be the next Prime Minister
The new Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Buckingham Palace on May 11, 2010 in London, England
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha Cameron stand on the steps of Downing Street
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, his wife Sarah and their sons James Fraser and John leave Downing Street on May 11, 2010 in London, England. After five days of negotiation a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government has been confirmed
Prime Minister Gordon Brown gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced his resignation
Prime Minister Gordon Brown speaks about the current state of Government and announces that he will step down as Labour leader, outside number 10 Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London
Possible candidates to replace Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party (1st row, left - right) Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, David Miliband (2nd row, left - right) Ed Balls, Jack Straw and Ed Miliband. David Miliband emerged as early favourite to take over from Gordon Brown as the next Labour leader, according to bookmakers. The Foreign Secretary is the front-runner in the Labour leadership contest with the bookmakers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes.
Television crews conduct interviews with politicians and journalists into the night adjacent to the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010
Gordon Brown jokes with David Miliband - the man who could now replace him as Labour leader
Foreign Secretary David Miliband leaves Downing Street on May 10, 2010 in London, England.
William Hague, the Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary, addresses media outside the Houses of Parliament on May 10, 2010
Electoral reform protesters demonstrate outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England
An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England
An electoral reform protester wears a mask depecting David Cameron as they gather outside the Workers Foundation in Westminster on May 10, 2010 in London, England
Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove gestures to a colleague at Parliament on May 10, 2010 in London, England
Conservative Party education spokeman Michael Gove (L) talks with former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik at Parliament on May 10
Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England
Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010
Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham arrives for a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, London on May 10, 2010 in London
Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader leaves Downing Street following a cabinet meeting on May 10, 2010 in London, England

Gordon Brown is expected to stand down as an MP and quit politics altogether after his dramatic resignation as Prime Minister on Tuesday night paved the way for the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Mr Brown is back home in Scotland with his wife Sarah and their two children and friends said that they expect him to concentrate on charity work.

The Labour leader said it had been "a privilege to serve" and wished his successor well. Mr Brown, his voice cracking with emotion, also said he was resigning immediately as Labour leader.

He then left Downing Street for Buckingham Palace holding hands with his wife Sarah and sons John and Fraser.

He said: "My constitutional duty is to ensure that a government can be formed after last week's general election. I have informed the Queen's private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen."

Mr Brown said: "I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future. Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good."

He said he had "loved the job, not for its prestige, its titles and its ceremony, which I do not love at all." "No, I loved the job for its potential to make this country I love fairer, more tolerant, more green, more democratic, more prosperous, more just - truly a greater Britain," he said.

Following his trip to the Palace, Mr Brown visited Labour HQ, where he was greeted by cheers and applause. He announced that his deputy Harriet Harman was taking over as acting Labour leader until his successor is chosen.

In his emotional speech to party workers, Mr Brown said: "I wish more than I can possibly say that I could have mobilised that majority to carry the election, but I could not. And I have to accept, and indeed assert, the fault is mine and I will carry that alone. He added to rapturous applause: "I wish my successor in that role well and I will stand by Labour's new leader, whoever that may be, loyally and without equivocation, because one thing will not change: I am Labour and Labour I will always be."

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