Brown to apologise to nation in TV debate tonight

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 22:38

London: The spectre of immigration
returned to haunt British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday as
he was confronted by yet another voter who demanded that the
Prime Minister explain what he was planning to do about it.

Brown will try to draw a line under the scandal in
tongith`s debate when he will apologise again for labelling
grandmother Gillian Duffy a "bigot" in comments picked up by
a TV microphone.
Exactly 24 hours after he was caught out branding a
grandmother, Gillian Duffy "bigoted", the Prime Minister found
himself having to defend Labour`s policy on immigration as he
visited a factory in the West Midlands.

Despite his attempts to move on from yesterday`s
appalling gaffe, Brown was quizzed by an employee about what
Labour "plan to do about immigration" which is "way too high
in this country".

Brown insisted that he understood "the worries people
have about immigration".

"I understand the concerns about what is happening
to people`s neighbourhoods and I understand the fears that
people have," Brown said.

The Prime Minister has been desperate to focus on
the economy ahead of tonight`s last televised leader`s debate
but today`s exchange highlights how difficult it will be to
escape the fallout from "Bigotgate".
Brown acknowledged he should not have described Mrs
Duffy as "bigoted" after she raised the issue of immigrants
coming from Eastern Europe and insisted that "yesterday was
yesterday".

"I think that I have apologised and I have said that
it was the wrong word to use. I am concerned about immigration
and I am concerned about controlling immigration," he said.

"It is important that we talk about the issue of
immigration...and it is important that I remind people that we
are managing immigration and controlling it by using the
points system."

Senior ministers today rallied around Brown and
insisted that yesterday`s dreadful gaffe has not derailed
Labour`s entire election campaign.

And Sarah brown also defended her husband saying that
he was "absolutely mortified" by what had happened.

Mrs Brown said "people may say many things about
Gordon, but they cannot say he doesn`t care".

"He phoned me as soon as it happened and was
absolutely mortified. He went to see her because he hated the
fact he had hurt someone. His apology was from the heart," she
said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 22:38

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