78 year old pensioner Gordon Brown has changed his name to Gordon Brown by deed poll to “show solidarity” with the Labour leader.
“I’ve been a party supporter all of my life.” said Mr Brown proudly at his sheltered-care bungalow on the outskirts of Bolton. “I’ve watched young Gordon’s career closely since he became an MP and reckon he’s had a raw deal from the press right from the moment he became Chancellor. I wanted to redress the balance and find some way of showing my admiration for everything he has tried to do for the nation.”
Mr Brown said that he had been thinking of the name change for some time, but wanted to get used to the idea before taking the plunge. “Changing your name is a big step.” he said “It’s not just your name that changes, but your whole persona.”
Commenting on other leading Labour politicians, Mr. Brown told journalists: “I never liked Blair and the dog howls whenever that Mandelson appears on TV. His low hushed voice plays up rotten with my hearing aid.”
When questioned, Mr Brown admitted bashfully that he had rather a soft spot for Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman. “Not that I’m going to alter my name to Harriet. That would be silly.” he joked, blushing a little, “And, in any case they told me they wouldn’t do the sex change under the NHS.”
At Labour’s daily press conference, Prime Minster Gordon Brown welcomed Gordon Brown’s loyalty and joked that Mr Brown may need to check to make sure he is still registered to vote under his new name.
Mr Brown’s carers said last night that the old duffer’s dogged support for the cause was admirable but admitted they would drop him “like a lead brick” if he failed to win the election.