With a Labour victory in sight, Gordon Brown rides once more – POLITICO

Some say Brown by no means went away. Allies together with his former Treasury Minister Yvette Cooper and mentee Ed Miliband are within the shadow Cupboard. His formidable ex-press secretary Damian McBride returned to the fold a number of years in the past to turn into a key Labour adviser. 

Different friends of Brown, often known as “the large clunking fist” for his emphatic type of politics and shut allegiances, are poised for a return to frontline politics. Douglas Alexander, who held a number of Cupboard jobs each beneath Blair and Brown however misplaced his seat in 2015, is standing for parliament in East Lothian, certainly one of Labour’s high goal seats on the subsequent election. 

Kirsty McNeill, one other former Brown aide, can be standing in a Scottish goal seat. Each Alexander and McNeill have vital expertise within the worldwide growth sector, and appear destined for fast promotion.

Brown has paid shut consideration to choices for Scottish seats and been straight concerned in discussions about candidates in his native Fife, based on two individuals near the method. 

The identical two individuals claimed the previous PM was even tempted to return himself after two native botched choices — in Glenrothes and his former seat of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath — however has now definitively dominated out a comeback. 

Cat Headley, a political commentator and former Labour candidate, mentioned there’s an abiding “respect” for Brown in Scotland, including that he has been working in current months to assist Scottish Labour Chief Anas Sarwar and his deputy Jackie Baillie. “He’s a part of the dialog and feeds into the work that Jackie and Anas and the broader Scottish Labour crew do,” she added.

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