From Gary Kent in Manchester:
The long awaited speech from Gordon Brown went down very well with delegates. It struck me as straightforward – yes, have had differences with Tony but they both regretted the distraction such differences had caused. It maintained continuity with major New Labour themes – withstanding terror and resisting anti-Americanism, plus reform to personalise services (with a hint of charging for doctors’ appointments). It was green and strongly moral in tone.
As the conclusion promised that the “good society” can and will be built – I started to think of Blake’s words “in England’s green and pleasant land” to the tune of Jerusalem.