The man expected to become Britain’s next Prime Minister was verbally assaulted in Soho last week.

A gang of hoodies taunted Gordon Brown with anti-gay jibes as he left a restaurant in Greek St.

thelondonpaper reports that on Thursday evening the Chancellor was outside the Gay Hussar, a favourite with Westminster politicians, when the gang started to shout abuse.

“They were all screaming abuse at him, calling him gay and a poof,” an onlooker told the paper.

“They were getting aggressive. A girl said she’d had her benefits cut and was going to rob him.”

Mr Brown was escorted to his car by security and driven off.

Yesterday The Sunday Times reported that Tony Blair is going to publicly back Mr Brown for the leadership.

It is expected that the Prime Minister will announce his retirement on May 9th or 10th.

Mr Blair last month spoke at the Stonewall Equality dinner of his pride at the range of rights and protections gay people have received during the ten years of his premiership.

Last month Gordon Brown voted in favour of the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which become law today.

It was the first time he had attended a vote on gay rights legislation since Labour came to power in 1997.