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EYES ON THE PRIZE: After 10 years in Blair's shadow, Gordon Brown's time has come

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It was Gordon Brown's big day, the launch of his campaign to replace Britain's outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair. Any serious contenders had already hung up their gloves, unwilling to challenge the heavyweight politician Blair once dubbed the "great clunking fist."

Brown's prize was certain; his campaign would turn into a cross-country victory tour. Yet he arrived at the London launch venue not in pomp and splendor but by crowded Tube train. "There was a classic British silence on board. Nobody stared," says Tom Stoddart, a photographer who traveled with...

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