Conference blog: Tension and excitement ahead of Gordon’s big moment

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There are still substantial queues of people waiting to get into the conference hall to take their seats for Gordon’s Brown’s keynote speech to the Labour party conference in Manchester.

Movin’ On Up by M-People is playing, perhaps a sign of what we can expect from the Prime Minister in what some are uncharitably predicting could well be his last speech as party leader.

The talk among delegates is the extent to which he will build on his TV interview on Sunday when he said he could “do better” and how much blame he takes for the party’s dire opinion polls.

He also needs to energise the party grassroots ahead of potentially disastrous European elections next year.

Mr Brown, despite his troubles, is still well-liked by the rank and file, and if he can avoid lecturing his audience he should be warmly received.

The music has now moved to Sit Down by James – time to take my seat.