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Brown takes his cabinet on away day for first meeting after recess

By Gary Gibbon

Updated on 08 September 2008

Gordon Brown attempts to rejuvenate a tired cabinet with an away day in Birmingham.

It's the cabinet meeting that some ministers didn't want to happen: their first meeting since the summer break but with Gordon Brown still in charge.

There was one difference though. The prime minister took his ministers to Birmingham for their first meeting anywhere other than London or Chequers since 1921.

The change of air prompted a fresh outbreak of loyalty, with David Miliband surprising some by being the most outspoken of the prime minister's cheerleaders.

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