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Brown hits it off with East End kids as he unveils recession lifeline

PUBLISHED: 23:28 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 05 October 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Prime Minister Gordon Brown laughs as he talks to children at a day care centre on a visit to the Bromley by Bow community centre on February 9, 2009 in London.  Brown  will be accompanied by Liam Byrne on the visit which comes as the government announces more funds for communities, charities and others helping those affected by the recession. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Prime Minister Gordon Brown laughs as he talks to children at a day care centre on a visit to the Bromley by Bow community centre on February 9, 2009 in London. Brown will be accompanied by Liam Byrne on the visit which comes as the government announces more funds for communities, charities and others helping those affected by the recession. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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PRIME Minister Gordon Brown was a hit with children in London’s East End as he announced a cash lifeline to help weather the recession. He was touring the Bromley-by-Bow health and community centre where he announced a £42.5m rescue package

PRIME Minister Gordon Brown was a hit with children in London’s East End as he announced a cash lifeline to help weather the recession.

He was joined at the Bromley-by-Bow health and community centre by Minister to the Cabinet Office Liam Byrne as he toured the complex to announce a £42.5 million rescue package.

The centre was used as a backdrop for the announcement of measures to boost communities, charities and other groups helping people get through the recession.

The bail out includes £10m for volunteering and £15.5m for a community resilience fund.

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