MR & MRS BROWN; Gordon Marries His Sarah Today
Macmahon, Peter, The Mirror (London, England)
CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown will marry his long-term girlfriend Sarah Macaulay today at a small family ceremony in Scotland.
The bombshell announcement that the couple are finally to wed took Westminster by surprise.
Mr Brown, 49, said: "We are absolutely delighted and very happy."
He has been dating the 36-year-old public relations executive since 1994.
Last night, it emerged that he popped the question back in January, making it the best-kept secret in Westminster.
At the ceremony held in his Dunfermline East constituency in Fife, Mr Brown will give his bride an eternity ring. Best man will be his older brother, John.
A Church of Scotland minister will conduct the service. Only close family and friends have been invited.
After a small reception, the couple will fly to Cape Cod in the US for a three-week honeymoon.
A special adviser said in a statement last night: "Sarah Macaulay and Gordon Brown are to be married tomorrow. The ceremony will be held in Mr Brown's constituency.
"It will be conducted by the local Church of Scotland minister. The religious service and reception will be a small family event.
"Gordon and Sarah will hold a party for friends and colleagues when they return in September."
Last night a spokeswoman for Tony Blair said the PM and Cherie would not be at the wedding. But she added: "The Prime Minister and Mrs Blair are very happy for the Chancellor and Sarah Macaulay."
The relationship between the Chancellor and his girlfriend provoked a constant stream of speculation over whether they would ever wed.
Colleagues privately believed that Mr Brown was a confirmed bachelor whose only real love was politics.
One recent report even claimed that he had tried to distance himself from Miss Macaulay in what was dubbed a "soft dumping".
But other friends believed that Mr Brown did love her but that he had put off popping the question because cynics would say he was only doing it to increase his chance of becoming Prime Minister.
Despite the speculation …
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Publication information: Article title: MR & MRS BROWN; Gordon Marries His Sarah Today. Contributors: Macmahon, Peter - Author. Newspaper title: The Mirror (London, England). Publication date: August 3, 2000. Page number: 7. © 2009 MGN LTD. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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