Ex-British PM Brown seeks lucrative speaking dates: report

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Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown is offering himself for speaking engagements at a cost of 100,000 dollars (78,000 euros) an hour, a magazine reported Thursday.

Brown, whose book on the global financial crisis is due out in November, has asked a London agency to look for possible engagements for him in the Middle East and Asia, the Spectator said, quoting an unnamed "impeccable" source.

The former premier, whose centre-left Labour party lost Britain's general election in May, is also said to be asking for five-star hotel accommodation, a first class plane ticket and three business class ones as part of any deal.

His wife Sarah is reportedly available to present prizes at events where he speaks for a further 20,000 dollars.

Brown said before leaving the top job in British politics that he wanted to do "something good" afterwards, indicating this could include working in the charity sector or education rather than business.

He has kept a low profile since the election defeat, writing his book at home in Scotland, but last week appeared on television appealing to Britons to donate to Pakistan's flood relief effort.

The fees reportedly being asked for by Brown are significantly lower than those thought to be commanded by his predecessor Tony Blair, one of the most popular speakers on the international circuit.

Blair said this week he would give the proceeds of his forthcoming autobiography, set to total millions of dollars, to a project helping the rehabilitation of military veterans injured in conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan.

© 2010 AFP

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