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PM Gordon Brown is to send Britain’s first black woman Attorney General to work alongside Barack Obama as our next US Ambassador.

The News of the World has learned Baroness Scotland will move to Washington to take over the prized post.

She will replace Sir Nigel Sheinwald, who infuriated Obama with a leaked letter to Downing Street CRITICISING the President-elect and warning of a likely clash of views with the UK over Iran.

Diplomats are unsure how Britain’s “special relationship” will develop under the new President and fear he may want to distance himself from a country which heavily supported George Bush.

Sir Nigel, 55, was one of ex-premier Tony Blair’s leading advisers and unlike the 45-year-old baroness, was never close to Mr Brown. A Downing Street source told us: “Gordon believes Patricia Scotland is one of the safest pairs of hands in government.”

The baroness, born in Dominica, moved to London when she was three.

At school she was told the most she could hope for was to become a supervisor at Sainsbury’s.

Yet she was the first black woman to become a QC—and her appointment last year as chief legal adviser to the government was hailed as an historic breakthrough for women and ethnic minorities.



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