Brown, Gordon (1951 - )
British Prime Minister from 2007 - 2010 when he lost the elections to David Cameron, leader of the British Conservatives, and stepped down as leader of Labour to allow an alliance with the British Liberal Democrats. Brown took over from Tony Blair and cancelled the promised British referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
Formerly British Chancellor of the Exchequer following the Labour election victory of 1997. Was seen as a major obstacle to British acceptance of the Euro: he insisted that five economic criteria be strictly fulfilled before any possible euro membership, and as the British Teasury decided that this was not done, the UK did not join abolish the pound sterling and join the Eurozone.