Gordon Brown prepares to pen last of the New Labour memoirs

Written by David Singleton on 9 March 2017 in Diary

Will the former PM settle a few old scores?

Gordon Brown has announced that he will finally publish a memoir, almost seven years after leaving the political frontline.

The book will be published in autumn and proceeds will go to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory, Theirworld and Gordon and Sarah Brown’s charitable and public service work.

The former prime minister is the only remaining senior figure from the New Labour years not to have published his memoirs.

Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, John Prescott, Jack Straw, David Blunkett and Alan Johnson have all penned books covering the period, while Blair’s former spin chief Alastair Campbell has now published five volumes of diaries.

The only senior ally of Brown to have told their side of the story in a memoir is Ed Balls.

Readers might be hoping that Brown will lift the lid on his turbulent time in Number 10 and that he will speak out about the so-called Granita pact and his relations with the Blairites.

The Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire said he hoped that Brown would uses his memoirs to put the boot into to some of his enemies: “It should be a good read. I hope he settles a few scores!”

But speaking to Total Politics last year, the former Labour MP and celebrated diarist Chris Mullin was more sceptical about whether Brown should put pen to paper. “Gordon’s not a man who owns up to mistakes. So I’m not sure it would be very interesting,” said Mullin.

The publishers claim that Brown will “tell the story of a remarkable life in politics - shedding light on the major political, social and economic changes that have reshaped the country over the past 40 years and revealing some harsh truths about British politics today”.

A statement by Penguin Random House added: “The book will provide critical insights into key relationships in Westminster, global conflicts, the coalition negotiations of 2010, as well as the referendums on Scottish Independence and Britain’s exit from the EU – in each instance, offering vital lessons for the future.

“Alongside a vivid account of his role in front-line politics during all of these historic episodes, the book will include many personal experiences.”

Brown said in a statement: "We are at a critical moment in history. In sharing my experiences over the past four decades and the lessons I have learned as a politician, economist, Chancellor and Prime Minister, I hope to shed light on the tumultuous change we are now facing and to offer insights that may be useful in furthering the cause of progressive politics.

“Above all, I hope to inspire confidence that we can meet these fresh challenges with a renewed sense of shared values and purpose.”



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