Gordon Brown bid a farewell to the Labour Party with his Manchester conference speech. It was a brief conference speech in Manchester, not least because his speech was timed just before the announcement of Ed Miliband as his leadership successor.
He’s made a point of lying low for the last few months as the leadership contest ran on. A good move, really.
In his short speech today he was in ebullient form. He made a point of thanking those who had the position of leader before him…John Smith, Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair.
And it was mention of Tony Blair that prompted a rare show of humour from the MP for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath. So, this was really quite shocking, rare material.
“Even though I’m a full time MP I got a letter from someone offering me a job and asked a reference. Tony said he was writing one, I just didn’t expect it to weigh in at 700 pages.”
There were other jokes from the former prime Minister. These included a thank you to the free press for its:
“Fair and balanced reporting. The Fife Free Press.”
This was more than tolerable Manchester conference speech material from a man not known for public displays of humour in his public speaking. So, farewell Gordon. Ever onward.
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