Feb. 12 — U.K. security forces have thwarted three terrorist attacks since the failed London bombings of July 21, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown will say in a speech tomorrow, as he seeks to raise his profile beyond financial matters in his bid to lead the nation after Tony Blair.
“The terrorist threat has not diminished and will not diminish until we defeat it,” Brown is due to say, according to excerpts the speech released by his office. “Let us be in no doubt that three attack plans threatening Britain have been thwarted since July 21,” when four bombs placed on London subways and a bus failed to detonate.
He will pledge more money to combat terrorism and will call for a “British solution” to finding the right balance between security and liberty, according a Brown aide. He will speak in London to the Royal United Service Institute.
Brown, 54, is beginning to address topics such as national security and national identity that are the traditional terrain of the prime minister. While Blair has said he wants to serve a full third term, which could last until 2010, political analysts widely expect he will step down in the next 18 to 24 months, with Brown succeeding him…