Brown's wife launches 'lasagne offensive' to woo cabinet members
London, July 6 (ANI): The otherwise reticent wife of the British Prime Gordon Brown has come out into the open to battle for her husband's political career.
Sarah Brown, 44, is the cook behind the "lasagne offensive," which Gordon Brown has launched to improve working relationships with his cabinet ministers.
Recently, Brown's two cabinet ministers-James Purnell and Hazel Blears-- walked out of the Cabinet complaining that the PM was operating through a tiny cabal, which includes his old ally Ed Balls and the Cabinet First Secretary, Peter Mandelson.
Caroline Flint, a middle-ranking minister who attended Cabinet, complained she was there only as "window dressing" when she too resigned.
But now, Sarah has decided to use her easy social skills, which she honed as the founder a PR agency before her marriage, to save her husband's premiership, The Independent reports.
Sitting at a round table with the smell of Mrs Brown's cooking in their nostrils, ministers can have a more relaxed conversation with the Prime Minister than they can ever have in the cold formality of the Cabinet room with civil servants taking notes.
It is hoped that in these friendly chats, Brown can persuade his cabinet colleagues not to get involved in plots to remove him, which some fear will break out again this autumn.
"He has been seeing a number of cabinet ministers socially, in the way you would expect in the run-up to the long summer break. But we are not going to be running a commentary on the menu - whether it is lasagne, pasta, or takeaway pizzas," Brown's spokesman saidd.
Sarah has also been appearing in public as an informal ambassador for Downing Street and will be visible again when world leaders meet at L'Aquila in Italy for the G8 summit.
And for her next trick, Sarah Brown is set to edit a magazine.
"Guest editing this issue has certainly been a brilliant new experience for me. I've loved every minute. The 19 July edition marks the start of a campaign by the magazine to raise funds to help WoW's scientists make the next breakthroughs in women's health. It's vital to share information with as many women as possible across Britain," she wrote. (ANI)