I'm in Birmingham for Labour's Spring Conference.
Did anyone watch Brown's speech on TV? In the hall it was very impressive, particularly the Q&A chaired by Kevin McGuire afterwards. I thought it was a lot better than his speech at Annual Conference - more relaxed and with a clearer view of the central theme of govt policy which it's apparent Brown wants to be about helping everyone to achieve their full potential through education, skills, welfare-to-work, tackling child poverty etc. I'm interested to know how it looked to the TV audience.
As a decision on who will be Labour's General Secretary is close there seems to be intense lobbying of NEC members going on by the rival Mike Griffiths and David Pitt-Watson camps. It's a tough choice as both have quite different skill sets - Mike as a veteran party and union official and David as a finance/management expert. A shame the job can't be split so we could get both of them on a Chief Exec and Chief Operating Officer model.
On a totally different topic, hi to London Region Labour Party Director Ken Clark and Enfield & Haringey Organiser Stephen Longden, both regular readers of this blog and part of Labour's thin red line tipped with steel holding back the Borisonian hordes. Keep up the good work guys!
I'm now off to find the Labour First reception.