CORRECTED-Brown urges U.S. to help repatriate Lehman cash

Sun Sep 21, 2008 9:47am BST

Employees stand next to windows at the Lehman Brothers headquarters in New York, September 16, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

Employees stand next to windows at the Lehman Brothers headquarters in New York, September 16, 2008.

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Corrects final paragraph to make clear money transferred to New York from London, instead of from New York to London. MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Saturday he was pushing the United States to help return $8 billion (4.4 billion pounds) from failed investment bank Lehman Brothers to its staff in Britain.

Brown also said he would visit the United States on Wednesday to meet with financiers and global authorities to discuss the turmoil in financial markets.

"We are asking and working with the American government to get that money back to pay salaries, not of high-flying financiers, but of cleaners and people who are computer operators who would otherwise be denied their money," Brown told delegates at the ruling Labour party's annual conference.

Administrators for Lehman's European operations have questioned why $8 billion was transferred to New York from London just before the bank collapsed.

(Reporting by Matt Falloon, Editing by Sumeet Desai)

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