Gordon Brown

Background

Britain’s “Prime Minister-Elect,” who has been Britain’s Chancellor since 1997.

Following in Tony’s Nuclear Footsteps

In May 2007, before the Labour government’s second consultation on nuclear power, The Observer reported how Gordon Brown had already made up his mind over nuclear. “The Prime Minister-elect will give the green light to the plans that will show that he is backing Tony Blair’s support of the nuclear industry”, reported the paper. “The Chancellor will signal his support this week for a dramatic renewal of the nuclear power programme that will see the building of up to eight new stations, possibly within 15 years.”

Keep It In The Family, Gordon

What makes this decision politically sensitive, is that Gordon Brown has close family connections to the nuclear industry. His younger brother Andrew Brown works for EDF Energy, the UK subsidiary of EDF, which operates nuclear power stations in France, and which is one of the leading companies pushing for a nuclear rebuild programme in the UK. Andrew Brown was appointed as EDF Energy’s Head of Press on 13 September 2004. Previously, he worked for the lobbying company Weber Shandwick.

One of Brown’s key advisors is Ed Balls, whose father-in-law Tony Cooper is a long-standing nuclear lobbyist.

Articles

  1. ^ Nicholas Watt, Oliver Morgan and Robin McKie, “Brown’s Vision for a Nuclear Britain”, The Observer, May 20, 2007
  2. ^, No named author, Private Eye issue 1151, p8, February 2006
  3. ^ EDF Energy press release ‘Andrew Brown to head media team at EDF Energy’ (http://edfenergy.com/html/showPage.do?name=edfenergy.media.news.item.til&cmsPage=/opencms/export/www.edfenergy.com/media/news/20040913.html), September 13, 2004.
  4. ^ Biography on Yvette Cooper’s website (http://www.yvettecooper.com/bio01_dw.htm), undated, accessed February 2006.
  5. ^ Tony Cooper’s biography on Nuclear Decommissioning Authority website (http://www.nda.gov.uk/About_the_NDA–Biographies–Biographies_(489).aspx?pg=489#Tony%20Cooper), undated, accessed February 2006.

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