This Day in the Law
June 27

Gordon Brown Becomes Prime Minster of United Kingdom (2007)

On June 11, 2007, Gordon Brown became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom succeeding Tony Blair. In particular, Brown was elected as Leader of the Labour Party in England without a general election after the resignation of Tony Blaire.

At just the age of 16, the University of Edinburgh accepted Brown to study history and he graduated with first class honors. Brown went onto obtain his PhD, and spent the early part of his career working as a television journalist.

In 1983, Brown earned a seat in England’s Parliament for the Labour Party. He quickly rose in prestige and rank and gained the trust of his Party. In 1994, Labour leader John Smith died and his position became vacant. Tony Blaire and Brown both were viewed as potential replacements for Smith.

Blaire decided to run as the Leader of the Labour Party, and certain sources indicate that Brown agreed not to contest his election in order to unite the Party. Whether Blaire and Brown made this agreement remains uncertain, but the situation worked favorably for the Labour Party. Blaire became Prime Minster and Brown worked to help him unite the Party.

Brown served for over ten years as Chancellor of the Exchequer making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. When Blaire retired as Prime Minister, Brown became the natural favorite to succeed Blaire. On June 27, 2007, Brown became the next Prime Minister of England.

Like every modern Prime Minister, Brown serves currently as the Leader of the Labour Party, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and a member of the Cabinet in his party.