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10 October 2007: Brown 'flunks the election'

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Election fever was rife in the autumn of 2007 and by party conference season speculation had reached fever pitch.

Gordon Brown was enjoying a honeymoon period in office with personal ratings on the up following his handling of the foot and mouth outbreak, London terrorist attacks and Northern Rock crisis. Meanwhile, the Labour party was riding high in the polls with leads of up to eleven points.

The conditions looked promising for Labour who, along with the Prime Minister, refused to quash the rumours of an autumn election.

At Labour's conference in Bournemouth, Brown delivered a rousing speech that rallied the troops while David Cameron, in his address to the party faithful, challenged Gordon Brown to "bring it on" and call the election.

The country awaited the announcement.

But then the polls took an astonishingly fast turn and swept the political ground from right under Labour's feet. Labour's poll lead slipped away as the Conservatives enjoyed a post-conference "bounce", and by October some polls put the two parties at parity.

Within days Gordon Brown announced that there would not be an autumn general election but denied that his decision had been influenced by the recent poll results.

Here, at Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron takes Gordon Brown to task for publicly declaring that he would not have called an early general election even if the polls had showed his party could win with a 100 seat majority.

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