British cabinet ministers have given a show of unity for their embattled leader Gordon Brown at the annual Labour Party conference. Among them, Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who had been touted as a potential challenger to Brown’s leadership.
Miliband insisted Labour can still overhaul a huge polls lead for the opposition Tory party. “These Tories are beatable. Let’s say it with conviction…The toughest day in government is 10 times better than the easiest day in opposition, not for us but for the people that we represent,” he told party supporters.
The current financial crisis has hit a government already rocked by low opinion ratings and divisions within the Labour Party. Chancellor Alistair Darling promised firm action and told party followers that Brown was the best man for the situation.
The prime minister gives his keynote speech tomorrow and many analysts see it as a last chance for him to re-impose his authority on his party.