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Delegate views: Is it time for Brown to go?

By Emma Griffiths
BBC News, Labour Party conference, Manchester

Do Labour Party members think, given the state of the polls, that Gordon Brown should step down in the interests of the party?

GILL HOPKINS, 69, THE WREKIN
Gill Hopkins

No, certainly not. I think he's showing a steady and clear hand with the problems within the country at the moment. It's an ongoing [financial] crisis that we are not going to solve within 24 hours or a week. Any decisions will have to be made as the days go by and I think Gordon Brown is the one person who can do it. He's cool, calm and he understands the problems of the country.

TOM HIGGINS, 23, SOUTHAMPTON
Tom Higgins

I don't think so. This time last year when I was door knocking people were falling over themselves to tell me how much they liked Gordon Brown. It's gone wrong since then but I don't see how changing the leader now is going to make the slightest bit of difference. We have got to work through where we are now.

FERYAT DEMIRA, 29, HACKNEY, LONDON
Feryat Demira

The thing is, the MPs making the noise are not your normal, crazy volatile MPs, they are sensible, they are people who want the party to do well. I think if the call had come from other members I would have thought they were just making noise but it makes me think, maybe it is time. Although, I still think most people in the Labour Party think and know that Gordon Brown is the best person to lead us out of the current financial situation.

SCOTT SEAMONS, 21, OXFORDSHIRE
Scott Seamons

No. There isn't a credible candidate with enough experience who is pushing a different agenda to take on. Currently the party's being very introspective in that it's just looking at the leadership issue rather than tackling the issues in the country or attacking the Tories and their agenda. I think we can still win a lot of ground in terms of the differences between us. I think we need to halt this internal process and begin that fight now.

PAM THOMAS, 54, LIVERPOOL
Pam Thomas

No. He's got a job to do and in very difficult times the issues that we are facing at the moment are global issues and he should be left to deal with those. I don't think it's time for him to go. He hasn't really been in position long enough for him to complete what he came in to do. There are so many things going on and if you are the one at the top, you are the one who's going to get fired at.

JOL MULLAN, 20, OXFORDSHIRE
Jol Mullan

No. There's no obvious credible candidate to replace him. I think if you start engaging on issues, taking the debate out there, that would be a better approach than being introspective. The party isn't setting an agenda out there it's not engaging with the public, it's just going from one event to the next - there's no overarching theme.




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