Gordon Brown is just days away from succeeding Tony Blair as prime minister of Britain. After 10-years as Chancellor of the Exchequer the 56-year old Scot will be anointed Labour leader at a special party conference in Manchester on Sunday. On Wednesday he will be handed the keys to number 10 Downing Street as Tony Blair leaves office.
Brown inherits a party and country divided by the war in Iraq. He must now convince distrusting voters to come back to the labour fold and return his party for a fourth term in office. He has time the next election is not until 2010. Latest polls show Labour ahead of the conservatives for the first time in eight months. On Thursday he is to name his new cabinet and a few surprises are expected.
As for Tony Blair, the Labour party’s most successful leader, he left the EU summit in Brussels to meet Pope Benedict at the Vatican fuelling fresh speculation that he is about to convert to Catholicism.