Britain's Chancellor Brown speaks during a conference at the Treasury in London.
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown speaks during a conference on Volunteering and its Social and Financial Implications at the Treasury in London January 31, 2005. Britain's ruling Labour party won't make any irresponsible spending pledges in its election manifesto, Brown said on Monday. Facing accusations that borrowing is running out of control and taxes will have to rise if as expected Labour wins an unprecedented third term in an election likely in May, Brown said the government would continue meeting its fiscal rules. REUTERS/Alastair Grant/Pool MD