Gordon Brown Staffers Contacted Bullying Hotline
UK PM's employees reached out 3 or 4 times in recent years
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2010 2:06 PM CST
British PM Gordon Brown addresses party activists at the University of Warwick in Warwick, England, Saturday Feb. 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/David Jones/PA Wire)
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(Newser) – A UK bullying hotline has received "three or four" calls from an unexpected source—Gordon Brown's office. The head of the National Bullying Helpline stopped short of calling the famously short-tempered PM a bully, adding, "What we are saying is staff in his office working directly with him have issues, and have concerns, and have contacted our helpline," reports the BBC.

A forthcoming book about Brown excerpted in today's Observer describes the PM's outbursts and temper tantrums. "Immunity from Brown's rages was not conferred on officials just because they had been long-time and loyal servants," writes Andrew Rawnsley. "If anything, he seemed to think he could be more abusive to those who were closest to him."