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article imageGordon Brown backed after Tony Blair's critique of former PM

By Sarah Shannon     Sep 1, 2010 in Politics
Allies of Gordon Brown have got behind the former Prime minister after former PM Tony Blair criticized him in his new autobiography.
In his recently released memoirs, Blair said that his successor was “maddening”and suggested Labour lost power in the last election because Brown had backed away from the reforms he had begun.
Former deputy leader John Prescott defended Gordon Brown saying that the former prime minister had faced the worst financial crisis for generations.
Blair's book lays bare the relationship between the two men when Blair was in power and acknowledged that Brown operated well as a chancellor. Blair said he had put him under relentless personal pressure, and also described Brown as a strange guy with zero emotional intelligence.
Gordon Brown has not commented on the book after Lord Prescott came to the defence of his former colleague saying that during his time in office Mr Brown was faced an unprecedented global financial crisis. And at the time it was Brown that got the world's bankers and countries together to try and defeat that crisis, not old or new labour.
Labour MP Michael Dugher has also got behind Brown saying that the criticism of his personality was unfair and the book neglected the fact that the public had fallen out of love with Tony Blair. People also forget that Brown played a significant role in the 2005 election victory as Tony Blair was quite unpopular in the aftermath of the Iraq War.
Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham said “Brown had been mistreated”. Another leadership hopeful also got behind Mr Brown and accused Mr Blair of “putting the knife in”.
Blair's book was published on the same day that Labour Party Members and trade union activists received ballot paper to elect a new leader.
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