Reacting to the local election results Gordon Brown said that he would “listen and lead”.
“First of all I congratulate all those who have been successful in being elected as Labour councillors and say how sad I am about those Labour councillors who have done a tremendous job, fought a very hard campaign and have been unsuccessful.
“It’s clear to me that this has been a bad night for Labour. We have lessons to learn and then we will move forward. My job is to listen and to lead and that is what I will do.”
“We face testing economic circumstances with rising fuel and food bills and uncertainty about mortgages and about bank lending.
“People want to be assured that the government will steer them through these tough times.
“Over the next few months it will become clear that the decisions that we have made to help people on mortgages, food and fuel bills, and the decisions we made about the future of the economy will see the economy through. We are preparing the economy for the upturn and for prosperity to follow."