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Monday, 28 January, 2002, 15:59 GMT
Gordon Brown returns to work
Sarah and Gordon Brown
The Browns stayed in Scotland after Jennifer's funeral
Chancellor Gordon Brown has returned to work at the Treasury for the first time since the death of his daughter Jennifer Jane three weeks ago.

Mr Brown was expected to be accompanied by his wife Sarah when he arrived in London from Scotland, where the couple have spent their time since Jennifer's funeral.

He faces a heavy workload and is expected to spend the week at internal Treasury meetings.

During his time away from Westminster Mr Brown kept in close contact with his department through Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Smith.

International summits

The challenges ahead for Mr Brown include preparing for the Budget in April, finalising the European Economic Reform White Paper and looking ahead to the Spending Review in the summer.

There are also at least three international summits which Mr Brown will be expected to attend within the next seven weeks.

They include a meeting of G7 finance ministers in Canada on 9 February, a European finance ministers' meeting on 12 February and the European Council's discussions on economic reform on 15 March.


Following the death of Jennifer Jane, the Browns said they had received "great comfort" from the thousands of messages of sympathy and support sent by members of the public.

Their daughter was born by Caesarean section seven weeks premature on December 28, weighing 2lb 4oz.

Jennifer was initially said to be doing well, breathing on her own and accepting small amounts of food.

But on 4 January she was transferred to a specialist baby unit at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where she died three days later.

Mr and Mrs Brown maintained a vigil by her bedside but it was later confirmed that Jennifer had suffered a brain haemorrhage and died in her parents' arms.

Her funeral took place on 11 January at St Bryce Kirk in Kirkcaldy.

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