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Monday, March 22, 1999 Published at 12:22 GMT

UK Politics

Brown silent on wedding rumours

Gordon met Sarah four years ago

Chancellor Gordon Brown has declined to comment on reports he is to marry his fiancee Sarah Macaulay.

Mr Brown waved aside the questions during a visit to Edinburgh. Reports claim the couple could marry in Kirkcaldy in July.

The chancellor met Miss Macaulay four years ago when her public relations firm was involved in arranging Labour Party events.

They have often been seen in public together since first being photographed in a London restaurant.

There has been previous speculation about a wedding date although it has always proved to be unfounded.

Among those calling for the couple to wed has been Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

At last year's Labour Party conference, he said: "So Gordon - forget prudence and name the day for Sarah. She's a lovely lass."

Hospital visit

Mr Brown was visiting the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh where surgeons saved the sight in his right eye almost 30 years ago.

He met eye surgeon Dr Hector Chawla who operated on his right eye in 1971 after he suffered a detached retina playing rugby.

Paying tribute to Dr Chawla, Mr Brown said: "I think he did a tremendous job and I feel very lucky."

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