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The Gordon Brown quiz...
Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is about to assume power as Prime Minister and whilst he talks of his future plans for office - how much do you know about the man and his past..?

Question 1
Which job in government has Gordon Brown held for the last 10 years?
A: Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
B: First Lord of the Treasury
C: Treasurer of HM Household
D: Chancellor of the Exchequer
Question 2
What did Gordon Brown’s father do for a living?
A: Minister in Clement Attlee’s government
B: Minister of the Church of Scotland
C: Minister in the British Embassy in Washington
D: Administrator in the Civil Service
Question 3
What permanent injury did Gordon Brown suffer when playing rugby?
A: Broken ankle which did not mend properly
B: Back injury
C: Concussion
D: Loss of eyesight in one eye
Question 4
Of which university was Gordon Brown elected rector in 1972, at the age of 21?
A: St. Andrews
B: Edinburgh
C: Glasgow
D: Dundee
Question 5
What was the name of the Islington restaurant where Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were said to have agreed their leadership pact?
A: Slug and Lettuce
B: Gramonda
C: Harvester
D: Granita
Question 6
In what year did Gordon Brown marry his wife, Sarah Macaulay?
A: 1995
B: 1997
C: 2000
D: 2002
Question 7
Which of the following is not one of the five economic tests, set by Gordon Brown, for UK entry into the euro?
A: Are business cycles and economic structures compatible so that we and others could live comfortably with euro interest rates on a permanent basis?
B: Will joining EMU promote higher growth, stability and a lasting increase in jobs?
C: Will joining EMU damage the government’s ability to take decisions in Britain’s national interest on economic matters?
D: Would joining EMU create better conditions for firms making long-term decisions to invest in Britain?
Question 8
Which American university accepted Oxford reject Laura Spence, prompting Gordon Brown to speak out in favour of state-schooled pupils?
A: Harvard
B: Princeton
C: Yale
D: Loyola
Question 9
Gordon Brown clashed with then-Cabinet colleague Alan Milburn over which central government policy?
A: Tuition Fees
B: Foundation Hospitals
C: Pensions
D: London Underground modernisation
Question 10
By how many pence in the pound has Gordon Brown cut the basic rate of income tax since becoming Chancellor?
A: One
B: Two
C: Three
D: Four

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