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Gordon Brown calls for more Covid-19 testing

The UK and Scottish governments must radically increase their coronavirus testing targets, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said.

A report from Our Scottish Future, a think tank launched by the former Labour leader, says testing needs to be stepped up dramatically.

Mr Brown said the Scottish government's target for a 15,500 daily testing capacity by the end of May is not enough as routine checks on 800,000 key workers north of the border are needed.

He added: "It's now clear that mass testing across the community is the only way to give people the confidence to get back to work."

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Coronavirus: Gordon Brown calls for urgent global co-ordination

The former UK prime minster says the world needs to overcome "aggressive nationalism"
More than 100 past and current global leaders have come together to demand the creation of an international task force to co-ordinate a multi-billion dollar fund, which they hope countries who have the money will provide. They have written to the G20, and want the focus of the task force to be the search for a vaccine, a cure and a plan to revive the global economy. 

Among the signatories is a former prime minister of the UK, Gordon Brown. He led the group that came up with the stimulus package after the financial crisis in 2008-2009.  He's been telling Razia Iqbal about this the impetus behind this move.

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Ex-PM Brown to speak at Newcastle museum

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The former Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will address a conference in Newcastle today.

Mr Brown is a speaker at an event looking at the constitutional history and future of the UK, which being held at the Discovery Museum.

Other politicians, academics, journalists and a comedian will be taking part in discussions today and tomorrow.

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