British finance minister, Gordon Brown has arrived at the Labour party’s national conference in Manchester – to give one of the most important speeches of his career. With Tony Blair set to step down as Prime Minister within a year, Brown must show he has the credentials to succeed him as leader.
It will not be an easy task – two new surveys show Brown’s public support is waning. Party infighting has undermined the assumption that the job is his. And despite anger at Blair’s policies, accolades from his supporters at the Conference show that Gordon Brown has big shoes to fill.
But, it seems, Brown has ambitions to govern as long as his predecessor. Excerpts of his speech, released Sunday night, set out his vision for the Party for the next 10 years. He says he will focus on maintaining Labour as a mainstream party of reform.