<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/today-in-pol-18.html" target="_blank">Today in Politics: Brown fights back</a>

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An impressive, hour-long speech by Gordon Brown, the best I have heard him make, and very different to his usual one to the Labour conference. It needed to be special, given his dire position in the opinion polls and the doubts about him in his own party.