British PM's wife 'looking forward to lie-in' after polls

4th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Embattled British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's wife Sarah is looking forward to a nice glass of wine and a lie-in after elections this week, she said in comments published Tuesday.

Describing her beleaguered husband as "passionate" and "breathtaking", she defended him over an embarrassing gaffe he made last week when he called a widow a "bigoted woman".

"He is passionate, his energies are directed in a more positive way than he's given credit for. He is very good at getting his head around really big things in a way which is breathtaking," she told women's magazine Grazia.

Sarah Brown is an ex public relations executive who has often been at her husband's side during the punishing month-long campaign for Thursday's elections, as well as frequently posting on Twitter in support of him.

She said she had her own ways of relaxing after a hard day on the campaign trail.

"I went to a Pilates class last Friday. I'm very pleased with myself. I felt a lot better after going," she said. Asked about the first thing she will do after the election, she said: "Have a glass of wine and a lie-in!"

Opposition chief David Cameron's Conservatives are leading polls for the legislative ballots, with Brown's Labour Party in third place after being overtaken by the Liberal Democrats, according to a series of recent polls.

The British premier is a famously hard worker but his wife insisted he gets enough sleep and takes care of himself.

"Gordon is a good sleeper, and he runs. If he can't get out to run, he'll use a running machine -- we have a little gym in the flat," she said, adding that he hadn't changed since she met him 15 or 16 years ago.

"I see him being a dad, or with mates or with me. He's the same person with the same passions but he is much softer and more personable," she told the magazine.

Brown's hopes of re-election suffered a blow last week when he was caught unawares calling the widowed voter "bigoted".

He apologised, saying he had misunderstood some comments she made about immigration -- and his wife insisted he was sorry for offending her, rather than for the political damage it did him.

"When something like that happens, where he realises he's made a mistake, he takes that very personally. He was very anxious to make it right.

"He's supposed to be the big tough guy, but that kind of thing goes to the core of him. He was very anxious about how he'd made that woman feel," she said.

© 2010 AFP

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