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Former PM urges national debate

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told a University event that a national conversation is needed to tackle the big issues facing Britain.

Speaking in the University's McEwan Hall, Mr Brown called for a serious dialogue to address issues, including Brexit, poverty and sexual harassment in politics.

Returning to his former University, Mr Brown told the audience that people had a right to expect the highest possible standards from politicians.

Memoir launch

At an event to launch his memoir My Life, Our Times, Mr Brown said a national conversation – involving a cross section of society – would produce better outcomes for Britain.

In a wide-ranging talk, which was followed by a question and answer session, Mr Brown reflected on his time a student at Edinburgh which began as a 16-year-old.

If there were a proper national conversation I think that people would demand that politicians show the best forms of behaviour when dealing with other people, whether its women or its people of other colours or people who are in minorities who are often discriminated against.

Gordon BrownFormer Prime Minister and Edinburgh alumnus

By then, a rugby accident had left him blinded in one eye and he spent long periods in hospital at the former Royal Infirmary – now part of the Quartermile development.

Mr Brown also recalled his somewhat often chaotic approach to student life. The audience laughed as he recounted how police investigating a burglary at his flat, had concluded from the state of his undisturbed desk that his room had been ransacked.