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24 March 2009: Hannan v Brown

European Parliament, Strasbourg

It was three minutes that transformed Daniel Hannan from relatively unknown Conservative MEP to one of Gordon Brown's most famous critics.

The prime minister had come to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg about his preparations for the forthcoming G20 summit, which he hoped would lead the world out of recession.

However the debate became better known across the world for a passionate speech by Mr Hannan, criticising the policies of Mr Brown.

The European Parliament is not normally the scene of such attacks, and Mr Brown looked distinctly uncomfortable, as he was accused of being a "devalued prime minister of a devalued government".

A video clip of the speech on YouTube attracted more than 630,000 views in 24 hours, becoming one of the most watched clips in the world on two consecutive days.

Winding up the debate the prime minister made no direct reference to Mr Hannan's attack, simply saying that there was a "difference in opinions" within the European Parliament.

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