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Breakfast with the prime minister

The Prime Minister Gordon Brown
The prime minister: "I've heard what the people are saying"
Gordon Brown has been Prime Minister for little over a week - he might have been expecting a gentle introduction to his new job, but nothing could be further from the truth.

He was barely in the job a day and, he's had to deal with a major bomb attack that was foiled by police in London.

That was followed by the dramatic attack on Glasgow airport which narrowly failed.

And there has been stiff criticism of the new government for its handling of the floods in the north of England, and its apparent failure to respond.

The prime minister came into the Breakfast studio on Friday.

Dermot spoke to Gordon Brown about the issues facing his new government.

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  • Dermot asked Mr Brown how he felt doing the job having watched from a distance for so long.

    Mr Brown said every day is different and it's a huge challenge, but he said it was amazing how the British people come together in a difficult situation, and he paid tribute to people who took on the attackers, and emergency service workers.

    We've been making decisions on the health service, education, and of course we're going to be making announcements in the next few days...

    Unyielding

    He said Britain had shown the rest of the world it would be "unyielding" any time anyone tried to do damage to the country.

    On his so-called 100 day strategy - his new agenda, Mr Brown said there is a need to change: health, schools, affordable housing and the floods were key issues.

    There will be more money for distressed areas more for clean up in distress get schools back, and then the repairs to the infrastructure.

    Mr Brown said he would be going to visit the affected areas and had announced "new funds" to help those affected.

    Dermot asked if Mr Brown thought the bread and butter issues have been affected by events.

    "Not for one moment" replied Mr Brown, "Over these last few days we've been making decisions on the health service and education, and of course we're going to be making announcements in the next few days...".

    "I'll be able to say when I visit the areas there will be help from an emergency disaster fund."

    Terror investigation

    Speaking about the international terror investigation, Mr Brown said there was an immediate investigation into the NHS which would report on Monday.

    In crowded places and airports, people could expect tighter security but he said he thought people would understand. He said he wanted a register of international terrorists and he thought there would be a more co-ordinated approach.

    Dermot asked Mr Brown about addressing the issue of people who come here, and make them proud of being British.

    "It's about how we persuade people that our values: about the dignity of human life, liberty, about our belief in fairness to all, that these are values that define Britain... those people who try to present Britain in another light - we've got to take them on..."

    He added there is no justification for these attacks, and "we stand up for decent civilised values".

    Tuition fees

    Dermot asked the prime minister about the issue of change, and what could be achieved without holding an early election.

    He said there had been changes to tuition fees two-thirds will get grants, it's "an admission that we ought to do better".

    On health, he said he knows there's more to be done: MRSA, better personal care from doctors and hospitals.

    Tackling anti-social behaviour, improving standards at school, improving the health service and more affordable housing are all on the Brown agenda - he said they'd take time, but people will see changes.

    He said he'd heard what the British people were saying.

    Mr Brown said he was getting down to the job... his focus was on the floods, and that he'd continue to build for the future, and that economic stability was at the heart of the future.

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