June 5, 2009 / 4:19 PM / in 10 years

HIGHLIGHTS: Brown says "will not walk away"

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown named his new ministerial team after a cabinet reshuffle on Friday.

Below are highlights from a news conference held at Brown’s Downing Street offices in London.


When asked if there was any point during the crisis when he considered his position, he said: “No, but I’m not arrogant, and I’m never complacent.

“And I understand that you have got to take responsibility as a leader for what is happening.”


“I will not waver, I will not walk away, I will get on with the job and I will finish the work.”


“If I didn’t think I was the right person leading the right team to help Britain meet these three great challenges, then I would not be standing here.”


“So our purpose and priorities are clear. First we need to continue our policy of active intervention.

“When people are suffering you cannot have a ‘do nothing’ approach to the recession. You cannot cut your way of this recession you can only grow your way out.”


“I believe in never walking away from people in difficult times. This is what I stand for. I have the determination to take this country through the most difficult of economic times and this is what I am doing.”

Reporting by Peter Griffiths and Avril Ormsby

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