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Geldof and Brown receive honours
Bob Geldof and Gordon Brown
The pair received their awards at the Sage Gateshead
Bob Geldof and Chancellor Gordon Brown have received honorary degrees for their efforts to reduce world poverty.

The pair were among five people receiving honours from Newcastle University to mark the work of the Make Poverty History campaign.

The others were economist Susan George, former Tanzania president Benjamin William Mkapa and Dr David Golding, of Make Poverty History North East.

The ceremony took place at the iconic Sage Gateshead music complex.

During the ceremony former Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof lavished praise on Prime Minister Tony Blair and Mr Brown for their work in tackling world poverty.

'Special day'

He said that without their work, initiatives like cancelling third world debt would never have been possible.

Mr Brown praised the work of Geldof, Dr George, Mr Mkapa and Dr Golding.

He said: "This is a very special day because it is the celebration of the contribution of some the individuals I admire most in the world.

"What can you say about Bob Geldof? He is my mentor and he is my tormentor.

"Bob Geldof said that Live Aid in 1985 was about charity for the world and Live8 in 2005 was about justice for the world.

"It was Bob Geldof who said: 'Who is to blame?'. We all are to blame and we must do more."

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