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Brown vows to stay for election

BRITISH Prime Minister Gordon Brown said yesterday he would not "roll over" before the next election, which polls suggest he will lose badly, and dismissed gossip that his health was too poor to fight a strong campaign.

Speaking at the start of his Labour Party's annual conference, in the southern coastal town of Brighton, Brown rejected Finance Minister Alistair Darling's comment that the party appeared to have "lost the will to live," and said the government was working hard to revive Britain's economy.

"This party has had to fight for everything it has got, I have had to fight in my life," he told the BBC. "A setback can either be a challenge that means it's an opportunity to do something better or you roll over. I do not roll over."

Trailing in opinion polls before an election due by June 2010, Brown appealed to voters to remember his global leadership during the economic crisis and said a victory for the opposition Conservatives would lead to blanket spending cuts.

Asked about political gossip that he was taking prescription painkillers or other pills to help him cope with the strains of the job, Brown replied: "No."

"I feel that I have done everything to show people that I can do the job even with the handicap that I have had as a result of a rugby injury," he said. Brown lost the sight of one eye after an accident playing rugby as a teenager and had a series of operations to save his other eye.

An ICM poll in the News of the World newspaper gave the Conservatives a 14-point lead over Labour, broadly in line with other recent surveys.


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