Brown aims to revive UK Labor with policy blitz
Prime Minister Gordon Brown will promise Tuesday to clean up British politics, get tough on crime and heal the economy, in a blizzard of policy moves aimed at avoiding a crushing election defeat next year.
Polls point to a big win for the opposition center-right Conservatives — which would be the first change of government in Britain since 1997 — and there appears little Brown can do or say to reverse his party’s fortunes.
Public opinion of the 58-year-old Scot, who took over from Tony Blair in 2007, has sunk in the last year as Brown has been damaged by a scandal over politicians’ expenses, rising unemployment and a perception that he is a ditherer.
He will address his ruling Labor party at its annual conference in the southern English city of Brighton Tuesday hoping to change that in a speech that will be televised live.
Aides said Brown will argue his decisions have taken the sting out of the recession and put Britain on track to economic recovery. He also plans tough laws on bankers’ bonuses, and binding commitments to cut the record budget deficit.
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