Bubbly mystery solved.
You would not have thought that Gordon Brown has much to celebrate after this week's Cabinet reshuffle.
So why were 10 cases of Moet et Chandon champagne standing outside 11 Downing Street Downing Street, Westminster, London, England. On the street are the British Foreign Office and, at No. 10, the residence of the first lord of the Treasury, who is usually (although not necessarily) the prime minister of Great Britain. , while the deliveryman waits patiently for the door of the Chancellor's official residence to open?
Perhaps he wanted to drown his sorrows in style after losing his reported battle with the Prime Minister over the reinstatement to the Cabinet of his political rival Alan Milburn Alan Milburn (born 27 January 1958) is a British politician. He is Labour MP for Darlington, and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Health until he resigned citing lack of balance with his family life, and rejoined it as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for . Then the boring truth emerged. The Chancellor will not, after all, be sobbing into his champagne over yet another blow to his political pride.
He is hosting instead a party for Sir Andrew Likierman Sir Andrew Likierman was the president of CIMA, and is currently a professor of management practice in accounting at London Business School.
Sir Andrew MA (Oxford) FCMA FCCA works on all aspects of performance measurement and is a director of both the Bank of England and , the Government's chief accountant since 1993, who is retiring.