Commenting on the news today (Monday 1 December 2014) that Gordon Brown is to step down as MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Len McCluskey general secretary of the country's biggest union, Unite said:
"Gordon Brown exits the domestic political stage with his head held high. Decency, fairness, a man determined to take on the inequalities that blight lives - these are qualities we can forever associate with Gordon.
"He came into politics for all the right reasons - to do good, to make life better for ordinary people, and he did both. We must never forget the mess that Labour inherited in 1997 and how Gordon as chancellor set about rebuilding a nation shattered by four terms of Tory rule.
"He can be proud of his immense contribution to public life in these isles, and we in Unite are hugely proud that Gordon, a member of our union, just as he was a member of the Transport and General Workers Union before, became chancellor then prime minister.
"I would urge younger Labour MPs to learn from Gordon's journey and in doing so consider the part this great movement of ours played in his politics. He understands that trade unions bind the people to the Labour party in a set of shared beliefs; this matters as much today as it did when Gordon started out as a young Labour candidate more than thirty years ago.
"Gordon Brown still has so much more to contribute. We at Unite will watch on as Gordon opens this next chapter in his life and wish him, Sarah and the boys a happy and fulfilling future."
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.