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Gordon Brown and wife Sarah posing in front of their new residence, 10 Downing Street

Brown takes over as British Prime Minister

London: Gordon Brown has become the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and immediately pledged to learn lessons from the Iraq situation.

Brown takes the reins from Tony Blair, who officially stood down on Wednesday afternoon after 10 years in charge of the country.

After being pronounced PM, the new labour leader posed for reporters outside his residence in Downing Street.

He declared that he wanted to "learn lessons that need to be learned" over the war in Iraq

He also added that he would try his utmost to restore trust in politics as well as focusing on education and health.

Gordon Brown became the Labour leader on Sunday after a leadership election in which he was unopposed.

In his final appearance as PM in the House of Commons, Tony Blair received a standing ovation and said: “I wish everyone, friend or foe, well and that is that, the end."

He also said he was “truly sorry” for the danger which British troops were facing in Iraq.

The leader of the opposition, Conservative leader David Cameron hailed Mr Blair's "remarkable achievement" in being prime minister for 10 years.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell also expressed his best wishes to Mr Blair’s family.

Brown pledges change as PM
Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair as Britain's prime minister yesterday after years of waiting and promised sweeping changes in style and policy to restore trust in a government damaged by the Iraq war.
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