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Brown reveals shyness in interview


Prime Minister Gordon Brown admits to 'shyness'

Prime Minister Gordon Brown admits to 'shyness'

Prime Minister Gordon Brown admits to 'shyness'

Gordon Brown has revealed he had never got over his shyness and admitted being Prime Minister was a "strange" profession for someone with such an attribute.

He stressed his "ordinary" upbringing and talked of his determination to succeed in life which had seen him never give up.

In a television interview, the premier said he came from a background "where we've had to fight for everything we've got" and stressed that he was the leader who could make tough decisions.

He understood the needs of ordinary people and had seen the blight of unemployment as a youth growing up in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, he said. His whole political philosophy was about being on the side of people.

Mr Brown denied he could be intimidating to staff but conceded he could be "very strong willed, very determined and quite impatient".

And ahead of the first of three televised debates between the party leaders, he said he was "determined" to get his views across but admitted he was "realistic and honest" about his performance.

He admitted he was "not so good" at the presentational side of politics and stressed he was not a "personality" that told people what they wanted to hear.

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In an interview for ITV1's Tonight: Spotlight on the Leaders programme Mr Brown was asked if it was difficult to be Prime Minister as someone who was shy. He said: "I don't think you ever get over being shy. You may think it's a very strange profession for someone to be in if they're..."

He added: "I come from a background where we've had to fight for everything we've got. I went to an ordinary school, I worked my way up. I fought my way through, you know, things have not always been easy and I think I've been taught by my parents that you never give up, your determination is what makes you and whatever talents you've got, you've got some duty to use them."

Mr Brown was asked if he was in touch with ordinary people in Britain and if he saw what was "really going on". He replied: "I come from a pretty ordinary family. I was brought up in an industrial town. I understand what it's like when I see people who are friends of mine whose fathers were unemployed or fighting for work but I also came from a pretty middle class sort of background."

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