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Write Tony Blair's speech
What words would you put in the prime minister's mouth?
The party leader's speech at conference is a key moment in the political year.

So what would you suggest if you were one of Prime Minister Tony's Blair speechwriters this week?

You'd need a good soundbite, a decent joke and a chunk of political meat.

Write your version of the speech - in around 100 words - and we'll publish a selection of the best responses.

Here are some of the suggestions so far:

The government, and the Labour Party has been through a difficult year, however it is important to remember that being a strong leader requires one to make decisions which are sometimes unpopular, but which will have positive results in the long term. The Labour Party, and the government must be able to change to meet the needs of today, and the needs of the future. We must never shirk from our responsibility in a cheap exchange for popularity. We must go ahead with the reforms that are necessary, and decisions which are best in the long term. Over the next year, the Labour Party and the government must show strong unity, or face a tough future, and that is something I am sure none of us want to experience.
Bradley Thomas, UK

Comrades, Sorry!
Alan Brooks, England

The Labour party no longer belongs to the trade unions alone. There are not the numbers, nor the necessity, to warrant the leadership of a sovereign nation being controlled by factory workers, miners, and dockworkers above all other citizens. Instead the Labour Party is a party of Britain, a party that will represent the working man because it is right, not because it is paid to. But we must recognise the government is also there to protect the rights and interests of every other voter in this country. The days of a struggle between the gentry and the exploited worker are over. And we should hold that as the Labour Party's greatest achievement, not the unions' single largest complaint.
Steven Alderson, Liverpool University

I'm a Walter Mitty personality. I think I run the country.
Brian, England

Today comrades we have a government that has reduced inflation, cut unemployment, maintained low interest rates and has delivered a minimum wage to the poorest section of working people in this country. Now I'm being asked to resign, well it would be a first, a PM resigns because we have a government doing the right thing. The alternative is not so much a quiet man, as an invisible man. Ironically, the Tories are hoping that this remains the case until the general election.. Look at his vision for Britain... that's right... someone tell me what it is please. The alternative is a two-tier health system, another counter-productive row with Europe that will ensure the loss of jobs and influence. We will be saddled with Michael Howard pinching the pennies and wasting the pounds. I say to members, we are in a mid-term, and we have made difficult choices, but that is government, the British people are looking to Labour not just to deliver better services, but to deliver better chances and opportunities to every citizen of the United Kingdom... we are the only party equipped to do it and the people of this nation want and need us to do it, for all our futures. That's the mantle and struggle that I and you... the Labour Party have decided upon, because we believe in a just Britain, a fair Britain and most of all....a truly Great Britain.
Rob Halpin, England

New Labour, new Britain, new beginning, new haircut, new suit. Going forward, not reliving the failures of the past. Substantial delivery not spin doctery. Listening not lying. In February we saw one million march through Hyde Park and today I can announce that they were right. I am therefore turning myself over to the War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, my cabinet is resigning and I have advised Her Majesty to invite Robin Cook to see if he can form a new government.
Richard Allanach, England

We must remember the only reason we came to power was because of Tory infighting and our dramatic turn to the centre-right. We shall not be tempted to return to the dinosaur era of excessive trade union influence. We should seek to continue to exert our global influence to protect British interests abroad whilst ensuring internally that we don't neglect the issues that matter to the vast majority of decent people in this country; the pound, the countryside, reform of the public services and the increasing problems with asylum seekers. We have two years to buck our ideas up or the British people will return us to our former title of 'Her Masjesty's loyal and permanent opposition'.
David Blaine, UK

You know, the more I think about it, the invasion of Iraq WAS completely unwarranted and probably illegal. What was I thinking?!?! I'm usually such a stickler for obeying the law. Anyway, I just feel terrible about the whole thing, and I'm resigning effective now. Maybe once I get my head together, I can be prime minister again.
Emile Zarbo, United States

Politics isn't about winning, it's about taking part, engaging as stakeholders in our future. So I say to you, take your part in building our future. It does not matter whether you are a rodent, providing humble waste management services, or a bovine, putting food on our tables; with us, we will work better for a brighter future. With the level of support we are getting from man you can be sure that we will listen to your voice. Your votes, in their ten of millions, will make the difference.
John Wooding, UK

Sound bite: Without encouraging the best, things will not improve for the rest.
Joke: Would you choose to invest your pension fund in the current public sector?
Meat: I want to tell you I will not accept the poverty of ambition of some in the public sector, who continue to deny that they can compete effectively with the private sector, and continue to put unnecessary blocks in the way of foundation hospitals. We will help the best and the rest in the public sector, because otherwise, as in other sectors of economy and endeavour, a lack of aspiration would make us all part of a poorer nation.
Simon Morley, Ukraine

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, because I really, really believe it's the right thing to do.
Gerry Noble, UK




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