Lost Contact Lens Delays Brown Speech

British PM, already blind in one eye, may be losing sight in other
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2009 5:00 AM CDT
Gordon Brown addresses the Scottish Labour Party conference in Dundee, Scotland, Friday March 6, 2009. The speech was delayed after the PM flushed a contact lens down the sink.   (AP Photo/Danny Lawson-pa)
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(Newser) – Gordon Brown was forced to delay a speech to a Labour Party conference last week after he accidentally washed a contact lens down the sink, reports the Times of London. The British PM had no extra pair, and a staff worker had to detach the pipe beneath the sink to retrieve the lens. Brown is blind in one eye from a teenage rugby accident, and rumored to be having vision issues in his other.