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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brown Reaps Praise for his Response to Terror Strikes

LONDON -- Gordon Brown's response as Britain's new prime minister to the latest wave of terrorist attacks won praise Sunday from opposition parties and civil rights campaigners alike.

The serious-minded Scotsman made a brief statement Saturday, shortly after a jeep slammed into an airport terminal in Scotland.

There were no snappy sound bites from Brown. He gave a brief statement from Downing Street urging vigilance and followed up with a lengthier interview on television Sunday.

Taking over from Tony Blair on Wednesday, Brown had pledged to end the politics of celebrity, where style came before substance and presentation was a substitute for policy -- criticisms often leveled at his predecessor.

Brown called on Britons to be vigilant, praised the security services and put the al-Qaida movement in a broad, international context, stressing that it was a long-term, sustained threat that would not intimidate the country.

"Within hours of these events unfolding, I detect a measured tone which I think is a good thing," said Nick Clegg, home affairs spokesman for the opposition Liberal Democrats.

"[It] certainly is a significant departure from the somewhat breathless way in which Tony Blair used to always rush to try and make, frankly, political points on the back of these events," Clegg told Sky News television.

Human rights and civil liberties campaigner Shami Chakrabarti highlighted the contrast between Brown and Blair.

"Credit to Mr. Brown. His first serious outing yesterday, he addressed the nation, briefly, calmly, no cracking voice, no emotive statements, no lip quivering," she told Sky News, adding, "At a moment like that, I think people want the solid father figure."