Factbox gordon brown has joined the government on the frontbench
He is understood to have been given the job in a cabinet reshuffle, which caused concern among fellow Conservatives who believed that he could prove a divisive figure in the party.
He would be at the forefront of the Conservative manifesto, as well as being appointed as a policy adviser to Mr Hammond’s new cabinet team.
The Cabinet Office statement said: “The Government wishes to express our sincere congratulations to Gordon Brown for his appointment as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer following the reshuffle.”
They said it was understood the decision was taken to move Mr Brown from Downing Street and into the Treasury, despite the Labour leader’s repeated requests that he remain as shadow chancellor.
Mr Brown is in charge of tax affairs while the Prime Minister has the power to dismiss him on grounds of being out of date.
He is understood to have been told that he could serve until 2 October, following a reshuffle in which some junior figures were dismissed and a senior figure who stood down was promoted.
Labour 바카라sources described the appointment of Mr Brown as “a great coup” that would boost morale.
Shadow Home바카라 Secretary Andy Burnham said: “Gordon Brown has proved to be one of Britain’s most respected and successful cabinet ministers, and is an important ally for the new government.
“His appointment means Jeremy Corbyn will no longer have to rely on the shadow chancellor to ensure his policy has a mandate.
“It’s great to see Gordon go into government with Jeremy Corbyn as leader, we’re all in the coalition. It’s clear the Conservative party will get the job done.”
Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “The fact that Brown won’t have a Cabinet post shows he didn’t understand how the system works. People are very disappointed with him.”
His appointment is one of more than 60 changes from Tory ministers to Labour frontbenchers in what has become an unprecedented coup.
Allowing frontbenchers to make policy has been ruled out of order in recent months by David Cameron for a variety of political reasons.
It comes amid the government’s internal chaos and as MPs face their own leadership contest over how to deal with their crisis.
The party is under pressure to create a parliamentary majority to force through a spending deal early next year. Labour is also expected to win the next general election with a surge of support from the working class under its banner.