One of Britain’s most controversial politicians is returning to government for a third time. Peter Mandelson leaves the European Commission, where he has re-built his political career, for a second high-profile comeback.
“I very much enjoyed my work in Europe and working on trade and development issues, but the Prime Minister asked me to come back,” said Mandelson.
Mandelson resigned twice from Tony Blair governments under a cloud. He denied accusations of wrongdoing over a personal home loan, and of interfering in an application for a British passport. Now, Brown hopes Mandelson can turn around Labour’s fortunes.
“I want to bring into government all the expertise that is available to help us through these difficult times,” said Brown. “As I say, it is serious people dealing with serious changes that are happening in the world in serious times.”
Mandelson has experienced the highs and lows of politics. But his appetite for the job remains undiminished.