The Independent reports that Former Prime Minister — and Labour MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath — Gordon Brown told a World Innovation Summit for Education panel in Qatar that he is an ‘ex-politician’.
Members of a discussion panel asked him for his views ‘as a politician’ before he corrected them.
The BBC’s Mishal Hussein, hosting the discussion, reminded him that he was still an MP, which he did acknowledge.
That said, how often has Brown been in attendance in the House of Commons since 2010? For the first several months following the election, gimlet-eyed observers noticed his absence.
The paper quoted a fellow MP, critical of Brown’s attendance record:
Henry Smith, a Conservative MP, seized on Mr Brown’s slip, saying that his presence at the World Innovation Summit for Education panel showed that Mr Brown “can’t even be bothered to turn up to work” for his constituents.
Mr Smith said: “Today, Gordon Brown joked that he is an ‘ex-politician’, whilst on another foreign jaunt. But he is still paid more than £65,000 a year to be an MP. Hard-pressed taxpayers are footing the bill.”
Will Brown of the ‘moral compass’ and ‘prudence’ reflect on and increase his presence in the Commons?
As he so often said:
It is the right thing to do.