Britain's potential next prime minister is facing one of the most important speeches of his career today.
Gordon Brown's leadership credentials will be under close scrutiny when he addresses Labour Party delegates at their conference in Manchester.
Mr Brown is the favourite to take over as leader of the Labour Party when Tony Blair steps down next year.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? firstname.lastname@example.org