In his autobiography My Life, Our Times, Gordon Brown dedicates chapter 15 to the “banking collapse that shook the world”. The former Prime Minister provides a comprehensive running commentary of what happened and when, his global leadership role and provides an insightful political and economic assessment of the situation.

On the role of Sir Victor Blank, Gordon Brown wrote:

“I then talked directly to Victor Blank, then Lloyds chairman, who was to be unfairly criticised for his role in the Lloyds-HBOS link-up, mainly by Lloyds shareholders who would have to endure hefty losses. I found him straightforward, a man of integrity, and in my view he behaved in a way that was beyond reproach.”

From: Gordon Brown: My Life, Our Times, p.307. Published by The Bodley Head, London, November 2017