Magazine article Public Finance

Economic Crisis Could Help Brown to Dodge Leadership Bullet

Magazine article Public Finance

Economic Crisis Could Help Brown to Dodge Leadership Bullet

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The fraught global economic situation could help Prime Minister Gordon Brown to sidestep questions over his leadership at Labour's party conference next week, according to well-placed observers.

The conference in Manchester, beginning on September 20, is now certain to be played out to a backdrop of questions about future financial regulation and speculation over stock markets and banks.

Rick Muir, senior research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, said: 'The leadership question is likely now to be overshadowed by the global economic crises, which will allow Gordon to show leadership on the issue.'

Improving social mobility by increasing childcare provision and changes to care for the elderly are expected to be central themes. Muir told Public Finance that a document had been released setting out policy priorities, especially on childcare and care for elderly people. 'This is Gordon giving himself some definition. …

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