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Gordon Brown - in 25 easy steps
Gordon Brown
Hand movements have increased as D-Day approaches
Things are starting to take on a familiar ring for BBC political correspondent Robin Brant as he tours the UK's theatres in the footsteps of Gordon Brown.

Here our man in Row Z - with a biro, a notebook and a box of Maltesers - gives you an at-a-glance guide to the classic Brown leadership speech.

Gordon Brown has been on the road for three weeks now, hitting major cities across the country, meeting Labour supporters and trying to persuade them to support him as he prepares for leadership.

He has been to numerous meetings and hustings - and I have been at most of them.

I watch and scrawl as he "listens and learns".

Union jack

The stump speech, with which he starts every event, has remained virtually unchanged and impressively consistent.

But I am not going to go through it line by line.

Instead I have put together a print-off-and-keep-in-your-pocket version. Nice and easy to read.

Picture him in front of union jack backdrop, in (usually) blue suit, with (almost always) white shirt and (invariably) pastel coloured tie.

He wanders about a little as he delivers these words - and there has been an increasing amount of hand movement as D-Day approaches - but otherwise this is how it has tended to go:

1. Claps as he enters room/suite/hall. (Standing ovation in Liverpool, which he was embarrassed about).

2. GB says pleasure to be here. Praises local Labour councillors who have just won/are on the road to victory.

3. Praises football team/s.

4. Gives examples of how city has benefited from Labour government.

5. Gag No 1: Usually the one about Olaf Palme and Ronald Reagan ("He's an anti-communist, Mr President. I don't care what kind of communist he is...")

6. Thanks supporters for helping build "partnership".

7. When/why I joined Labour party.

8. Gag No 2: Usually about never being treasurer of his local Labour Party branch.

9. Social justice has always been at the centre of everything I've done.

10. I went to a local school and got a good enough education to go on to university.

11. Had terrible eye injury playing rugby. The NHS saved my sight.

12. I want that level of education not just for my children but for every child. Every child is precious.

13. Turbo-speed recap of Labour achievements; 2.5m new jobs. Inflation/interest rates at rates half that of Tory era.

14. Pensioners credit/winter payment etc. Improved maternity/paternity rights. Double the investment in NHS/Transport/Police etc.

15. Challenges of next 10 years - global economic competition, China/India. Climate change. Terrorism. Building stronger communities.

17. I want to "engage" people, not just govern from up high.

18. Listening and learning.

19. Respond and meet aspirations.

20. We could be first generation to end to great inequalities; 80m children still without free education, 5m children still die needlessly every year from preventable diseases.

21. Restates social justice "at centre of all we do".

22. Must have confidence about winning next election.

23. My father used to say "What do you want to be remembered for? Achieving great wealth, material gain?" No. It is for saying I helped those who needed help

24. This is our task, that can be our achievement.

25. Applause as GB sits and grabs pen and paper in preparation for - usually always friendly - questions from the audience.


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