Only one reporter at ex-PM Brown's press conference

Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, had to cancel a press conference after just one reporter turned up to hear him speak.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The woes of leaving office, eh? Gordon Brown suffered humiliation at the United Nations yesterday, after a scheduled press conference for him to speak on education attracted just one reporter.

When it became clear that there was not quite the audience he had been hoping for, a message reportedly went out on the tannoy informing media and journalists that his press conference had been cancelled.

This little tale of loneliness, reported by a Daily Telegraph journo who was the lone reporter on the scene, contrasts with the large crowd attracted by David Cameron the previous day. He was speaking about world poverty following a meeting with other global leaders.

Nonetheless, Cameron had his own share of embarrassment, being forced to answer questions mainly about the Tory chief whip over his ‘plebs’ comment. A week certainly is a long time in politics. 

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