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Sunday, 5 November 2017 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

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Gordon Brown: My Life, Our Times

In Association with The University of Edinburgh and Waterstones

McEwan Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

Sunday 5th November 2017

4:00 p.m.

 

As Chancellor of the Exchequer (1997-2007) and Prime Minister of the UK between 2007 and 2010, Gordon Brown has been on the front-line of British and global  politics for four decades.

My Life, Our Times, reflects candidly on an remarkable career; from almost losing his eyesight as a student at Edinburgh University, to his early days as an MP,  then on to New Labour's 1997 landslide electoral victory, through the 2008 global financial crisis and the historic 2014 Scottish and 2016 European referendums.

On what is certain to be an inspiring and engaging event, it will be a special opportunity to hear a political giant share some of his remarkable experiences. 

There will be a Q & A session followed by a book signing.

 

GORDON BROWN

Gordon Brown is former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the current United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, His memoirs, My Life, Our Times will be published by Penguin/Random House on November 9, 2017.

He served as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 and is widely credited with preventing a second Great Depression through his stewardship of the 2009 London G20 summit. He was one of the first leaders during the global crisis to initiate calls for global financial action, while introducing a range of rescue measures in the UK. In April 2009, he hosted the G20 Summit in London where world leaders committed to make an additional $1.1 trillion available to help the world economy through the crisis and restore credit, growth and jobs.  They also pledged to strengthen financial supervision and regulation.

Previously, he served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. During 10 years at the Treasury, Gordon masterminded many of Labour’s proudest achievements including the Minimum Wage, Sure Start, the Winter Fuel Allowance, the Child Trust Fund, the Child Tax Credit and paid paternity leave. His record on global justice includes his negotiation of debt cancellation for the world’s poorest nations and the tripling of the budget for life-saving aid. His time as Chancellor was also marked by major reform of Britain’s monetary and fiscal policy as well as the sustained investment in health, education and overseas aid.

His role in government continued to shape his views on the importance of education as a fundamental right of every child in the world and the key to unlocking better health, greater social stability, more rights and opportunities for women and a higher standard of living. He is a passionate advocate for global action to ensure education for all and has served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Global Education since July, 2012. He works closely with key partners to help galvanise support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 to achieve quality, relevance, and inclusive education and learning for every child. He is Chair of the High Level Steering Group for the Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies, Chair of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict and has also served as Chair, International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity since 2016

Gordon is the author of several books including Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation; My Scotland, Our Britain: A Future Worth Sharing; and Britain: Leading Not Leaving – The Patriotic Case for Remaining in Europe and on November 9, 2017 his memoirs My Life, Our Times, will be published.

Gordon has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh and spent his early career working as a lecturer. He is married to Sarah (Macaulay) Brown, and the couple live in Fife with their two sons, John and Fraser.

 

 

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McEwan Hall
Bristo Square
EH8 9AL Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Sunday, 5 November 2017 from 16:00 to 18:00 (GMT)


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