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That other stuff....

Gordon Brown might call it "that other stuff". And don't expect anyone on the conference stage to mention the elephant in the room.

But make no mistake about it. There is only one subject on anyone's lips in the bars, hotels and restaurants of Manchester tonight.

Who will be making the leader's speech at next year's Labour Party conference?

Few expect it to be Gordon - most here measure his survival at Number Ten in weeks or months.

But the fatal blow won't come in Manchester - where rebels are booed by the party faithful and everything is orchestrated to show loyalty.

Don't be fooled though. Gordon knows surviving the most important conference of his life does not mean he is home and dry.

David Cameron's lauded speech at last year's Tory conference may have saved his job for him. It will take more than that for Gordon.

Those ministers who are considering their position now will make up their minds over the next two weeks. And they will quit when the action returns to Westminster in October.

That is when and where Gordon's future will be decided.



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