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Gordon Brown earns £60K for 50-minute speech in India

By Nairita Das

London, Nov 21 (ANI): Former Brit PM Gordon Brown reportedly made a whopping 60,000 pounds for a 50-minute speech on Global Economic Crisis in New Delhi.

Brown, who has barely been seen in public since he stepped down as Prime Minister in May, was a keynote speaker at a summit in the Indian capital.

He gave a 50-minute speech on the global meltdown and how to prevent another one, which is estimated to have earned him around 1,200 pounds per minute.

Other speakers included the Dalai Lama and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

A source said that Brown was chosen because David Miliband, who lost the Labour leadership battle to his brother Ed, turned down the invitation.

"He is getting paid the usual price the leadership summit pays for a foreign speaker - 60,000 pounds," the Daily Mail quoted the source as saying.

A spokeswoman for Brown declined to confirm or deny the figure but she said the money from the speech would help to cover the costs of a company he has set up to pursue a career of writing and lecture tours.

Meanwhile, Critics of Brown questioned if he was the right person to lecture Indians on how to prevent a future economic crisis since he could not prevent the worst recession in a generation in the UK. (ANI)

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