Dr Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer under Tony Blair from May 1997 until June 2007, and Labour Party leader and Prime Minister from June 2007 until the 2010 general election.
He has a PhD in History from the University of Edinburgh.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report of October 2007 had found no good evidence of change since the limit was set in 1990, and hence no new reason for a reduction. However, it acknowledged that this was only one of many factors to be taken into account when legislating, and did not make any recommendations as to how MPs should vote.
Election 2010 Debates
On 15th April 2010 the three main party leaders, Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and David Cameron, participated in a television debate. The independent Full Fact fact-checking organisation examined statements made by all the participants, and in the case of Gordon Brown concluded that overall "Most of the claims analysed ... are not strictly accurate.".
In December 2009, shortly before the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change, Gordon Brown was quoted as saying:
- "With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn't be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. … We know the science. We know what we must do. We must now act and close the 5bn-tonne gap. That will seal the deal."
In May 2013 he voted in favour of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill,