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Brown lays claim to Labour leadership in conference speech

Published 25/09/2006

Britain's potential next prime minister has been laying out his claim to the Labour leadership in a speech to the party's annual conference in Manchester today.

Gordon Brown told delegates at the meeting that he would not retreat from Tony Blair's reform agenda and said it had been a privilege to work under the current Prime Minister.

He said he had the experience and the right values to take over the job and would relish the opportunity to take on David Cameron's Conservative Party.

Brown, who is credited with overseeing the greatest period of economic growth in British history, is favourite to replace Mr Blair as Labour leader next year.

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