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University posts beckon for Brown

Gordon Brown is considering several lucrative academic posts, thought to include the offer of visiting professorships from a number of top universities at home and abroad, The Herald can reveal.

The former Prime Minister, 59, is keeping a low profile while the contest for his successor as Labour leader runs until the autumn.

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He has been concentrating on constituency work in Kirkcaldy, and it emerged his two sons John, six, and Fraser, three, will switch their education from London to Scotland as the Browns spend more time north of the border.

Asked if he had been offered professorships, Brown’s spokesman said: “It’s true he has been approached by several academic institutions regarding various things. None of these is settled or completed as yet. There have been approaches in this country and in others.”

He refused to confirm or deny one of these was Edinburgh University, where Brown studied for his doctorate and was student rector in the early 1970s. Two of America’s Ivy League colleges, Harvard and Yale, are thought to be vying for his services.

His spokesman emphasised the academic jobs were part-time and, if any were taken up, the former premier would do them alongside his work as a constituency MP.

There is speculation Brown is in line to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the International Monetary Fund’s director-general, should the left-winger decide to run against Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 French presidential election.

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