Britain's new leader sets out agenda for new government

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Gordon Brown, newly elected leader of Britain's Labor Party and prime minister in three days, set out his agenda for the new government here on Sunday afternoon after being crowned officially by the party.

With new challenges ahead such as climate change, global competition and extremism, Brown reiterated the importance of engaging people in the decisions that matter to their lives, and building trust by involving the British people. Housing will be a priority in 2007, with the 59-year-old leader announcing to have the presence of the Housing Minister at Cabinet meeting. Private sector, housing associations and local authorities will join in renewing the promise of social housing for communities.

Building new eco-towns and villages will be part of the housing aspirations of having affordable housing for the British people. Education is another priority. Brown pledged to have world class education in the country, bringing together business and the voluntary sector in the process, and to raise investment in state school pupils from the current £5,500 (some $11,000; €8200) to £8,000 ($16,000; €11900) a year, the same level for private school. Fighting child poverty and improving the National Health Service are also high on his agenda

„Advancing and protecting the British way of life means taking seriously the stewardship of our environment and countryside, building stronger rural communities. We want all individuals and businesses to join us and build a shared national purpose to make Britain a world leader in tackling climate change” he said in a long speech after being crowned leader of the party. Justice Minister Harriet Harman beat five candidates and became deputy leader and chairwoman of the party. Brown will be officially endorsed as Tony Blair's successor. He will become prime minister on Wednesday after meeting the Queen. (english.people.com.cn)

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