Brown’s ex-spokesman denies Blair claim over Bank independence


Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's claim that it was him, and not his successor Gordon Brown, who had the idea to grant the Bank of England monetary policy independence has been parried by a former spokesman for Brown.

Charlie Whelan, the political director at Unite, a trade union, who was Brown's spokesman from 1992 to 1999, told "The first Tony knew about it was when Gordon told him the day after the election."

The Bank was granted independence the day after Blair's Labo

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