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Gordon Brown

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I have just accepted the invitation of Her Majesty The Queen to form a Government. This will be a new Government with new priorities and I have been privileged to have been granted the great opportunity to serve my country and at all times I will be strong in purpose, steadfast in will, resolute in action in the service of what matters to the British people, meeting the concerns and aspirations of our whole country.
Statement at Downing Street, 27 June 2007
Statement outside 10 Downing Street immediately after becoming Prime Minister.

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