The door of No 10 had closed behind Gordon and Sarah Brown and they’d walked hand-in-hand with their two sons down Downing Street.
It was a touching image — and, for many, the last glimpse of the man who’d plotted and schemed for so many years to become Prime Minister.
What next? Deep down, Brown felt intensely vulnerable and wasn’t at all sure what to do.
Gordon Brown delivered a 35-minute, rage-fuelled speech in the House of Commons in July against News International
As an ordinary MP, he didn’t feel comfortable going to the House of Commons, where he feared he might be humiliated. Nor was he keen to present himself to the Tories as a potential target.
Much of those first few weeks were spent on the telephone, talking to friends across the world — including Bob Geldof — about possible future roles.
In the meantime, Brown had his Scottish constituency and opportunities to do community work. Which was all very well, but he was finding it peculiarly hard to accept that he was no longer Prime Minister.
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