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Delegates on a snap election
Labour members at their Bournemouth conference give their opinion on whether Gordon Brown should hold a general election this autumn:

KERRON CROSS, 30, MP's RESEARCHER, SOUTH WEST HERTS

Kerron Cross

I expect it will be next spring to coincide with the local elections.

I think we can go now because the polls are really good and I think we could win.

But I think Gordon wants to develop his policies first before he goes to the polls.

VINCE MILLS, 53, UNIVERSITY TEACHER, GLASGOW CENTRAL

Vince Mills

I think he probably will go for an autumn election rather than should.

In a sense what I would rather see is a change of direction rather than a general election.

I think we are going to have problems because New Labour has failed to address the problems of equality and deep-seated poverty in parts of the UK.

In Scotland we have got a resurgent SNP to deal with as well.

HELEN JACKSON, 69, FORMER SHEFFIELD MP

Helen Jackson

I was an MP until 2005. I don't think it matters too much whether it's now or whether it's next May - I am really looking forward to it.

I think the change of leadership has been as positive for the party as any of us could've hoped. It's a big change and it's going very well.

PATRICK DOWLING, 47, CONVENER FOR THE BUILDERS' UNION UCATT

Patrick Dowling

Although we are leading in the polls, I think after Christmas would be a good time for an election and not before.

Gordon Brown has got a lot of things in place regarding the health service. He's doing a lot working with the police to tackle gun crime in the country.

I feel that after Christmas people will be able to see for themselves what he has achieved.

MOHAMMED HAFIZ, 28, SHOP MANAGER, SHEFFIELD CENTRAL

Mohammed Hafiz

I think this autumn is too early. I think he needs a bit more time and maybe next year would be better.

Gordon Brown will make it clear that it won't be this year, maybe in his speech today.

I just have this feeling it will be May. By that time he will have proved to people he is the right man and he will have an election.

KEVIN HUTCHENS, 49, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, WEST ABERDEENSHIRE AND KINCARDINE

Kevin Hutchens

My gut reaction is that now is not the time to call an election. Gordon has technically got until 2010 if he wants to wait.

He's doing a good job as prime minister. Gordon is continuing to bring stable government to the whole of the UK. Coming from Scotland I think that's particularly important.




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