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Brown says 'never hit anyone' in life

world Updated: Feb 21, 2010 14:08 IST

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British Premier Gordon Brown has said he had "never hit anyone in his life" amid allegations in the media that he mistreated his staff with "abusive behaviour and volcanic eruptions of foul temper".

Things were sometimes said "in the heat of the moment", but "I have never hit anyone in my life," Brown said in an
interview to 'Channel 4 News'.

"If I get angry, I get angry with myself... I throw the newspapers on the floor or something like that, but please."

"Of course you do get angry, mostly with yourself. But I'm very strong willed, I'm very determined," he said as the
allegations threatened to overshadow 'Operation Fightback', a campaign launched ahead of general elections, scheduled in less than 15 weeks, to inspire ruling labour cadres and voters.

The Prime Minister said: "I think the country wants someone that will push things forward, and not allow things to
be stagnant and stale, and every morning I get up with a determination to do my best for this country."

His remarks came as 'The Observer' published extracts from a book by its correspondent Andrew Rawnsley, alleging
that "Brown's abusive behaviour and volcanic eruptions of foul temper left Downing Street staff so frightened that he
received an unprecedented reprimand from the head of the civil service."