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Gordon Brown has arrived India for a two-day visit, pledging to forge stronger trade links and cooperate against terrorism, but the fate of Northern Rock continues to dominate this tour. The Prime Minister's denying that he has already struck a deal with Richard Branson. Our political editor Gary Gibbon reports from Delhi.
Gordon Brown is here, in India, to talk about aid, trade and counter-terrorism. He attended a women's empowerment event when he arrives here, in Delhi. In a short while after that, he had this to say about how he wanted more international cooperation on counter-terrorism.
"What I would like see is greater contact between our two countries in winning the battle of hearts and minds, isolating extremist ideologues who are trying to poison young people in the views that they have."
Tomorrow, Gordon Brown's gonna be talking about what he calls "Global Governance", changes to institutions like United Nations. He wants India to have a seat on the Security Council, but he wants a lot else as well. He's talking about a sort of force, a bit like blue berets, the military forces that United Nations currently deploy to troubled countries. He wants a backup, as it were blue suit force which could include teachers, judges, doctors, people who could come in when a country is in dire difficulty. But there's another issue that is dogging him around here, and it is in a way personified by the ever-present Sir Richard Branson, boss of Virgin. He's been following the Prime Minister on this tour and insisting at every turn that there are no secret negotiations going on between the two of them when it comes to sale of Northern Rock. This is what the Prime Minister himself had said about that today.
"I can reassure people entirely that any negotiations about Northern Rock will be taking place in London. If a number of commercial companies are expressing interest in the future of Northern Rock, then it is right that the government explore all options available to us."
As I said, the Prime Minister is gonna be talking about United Nations and other matters tomorrow when he is here, in Delhi, but his hearts and mind are gonna be very much back in London when the Chancellor will be making a very important statement about Northern Rock. Prime Minister wants people to think that he's no longer on the back foot of Northern Rock, he's taken a grip of the situation, and he is not bailing out whoever buys Northern Rock. Will it look like that? Will it sound like that? Will people think that the government is actually making a sweatener for Richard Branson, or whoever buys Northern Rock? That will be the key moment tomorrow Gordon Brown would be watching from a distance here, in Delhi.
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