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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Recruits Former Enemy in Cabinet Shake-Up

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown reached into the past in a bid to save his future Friday, recruiting stars from the Tony Blair era into his Cabinet.In the biggest surprise, former minister Peter Mandelson was returning to the Cabinet as business secretary, Brown's official spokesman said. Mandelson is one of the prime architects of the "New Labour" approach that had brought Blair to power as prime minister more than a decade ago.In other major changes, John Hutton replaces Des Browne as defense secretary, and two high-profile ministers of the Blair era get new roles — Geoff Hoon as transport secretary and Margaret Beckett as minister for housing.Ed Miliband, brother of Foreign Secretary David Miliband, enters the Cabinet as head of a new department for energy and climate change.Spokesman Michael Ellam said the changes are intended to "strengthen the capacity of the government to deal with the global economic challenges we are currently facing."Brown also announced he was setting up...

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