British Finance Minister Gordon Brown pressed the flesh in Manchester as he began his campaign to be considered as the country’s next leader. In his speech at the Labour Party National Conference, he has made a clear pitch for the job of Prime Minister.
At first he praised the current leader Tony Blair for leading the party to three successive election victories – although Brown admitted they had had their differences. Gordon Brown then gave his vision for the future – saying the Labour Party must adapt to confront the challenges of the next decade. Brown said he relished the opportunity to take on the opposition Conservative Party at the next elections expected in 2009. But he may not get the chance. Recent polls show waning public support for a Brown Premiership.