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Brown replaced by Cameron in book

Published 08/11/2010 | 13:54

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has been ousted from a children's book by his successor David Cameron
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has been ousted from a children's book by his successor David Cameron

First he lost the general election, and now Gordon Brown has been ousted from a children's book.

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The former prime minister is featured in the school reading book An Important Case, but is to be replaced, again, by David Cameron.

The move was necessary to ensure the book "moves with the times", according to publishers Oxford University Press (OUP).

Rod Theodorou, director of OUP's primary publishing, said: "We're completely politically neutral, but we have always ensured Oxford Reading Tree moves with the times and reflects society.

"I'm afraid cuts affect politicians too, so at the next election we will have new artwork all ready should there be another change of heads."

The story, one of the Biff, Chip and Kipper series, tells how Kipper finds an important briefcase abandoned in the bushes. The police help them return the case to its owner - Gordon Brown.

OUP said that to maintain the relevance for today's schoolchildren, this role will now by taken by Mr Cameron. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg does not make an appearance.

The new edition will be published in the new year.

The books are part of the Oxford Reading Tree programme, which is used to help primary school children learn to read.

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