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Gordon Brown on the Campaign Trail

Gordon Brown carried on with his carefully stage managed efforts to meet the people yesterday – and could not find a single non-Labour voter.

The PM carried out a walkabout on the main street of his safe Kirkcaldy seat, met voters on a walkabout in nearby Lochghelly, and went to private meetings in Ochill and Dollar.

A lone protestor on a quiet suburban street in Dollar shouted: "Are you going to apologise for the Iraq war?" as the PM passed.

He did not respond but earlier the PM defended his low key "meet the people" campaign, saying he would be visiting homes "in every constituency" as he fought for "every vote."

Despite a massive security operation costing almost £140,000 a day, the PM managed the traditional photo opportunities of kissing babies and pensioners in Kirkcaldy.


Plasterer Kenny McGill, 42, shook the PM’s hand outside a pasty shop and then said: "He’s our man. I’ll be voting for him, everyone around here will be."

This visit, like Friday’s to Watford, was designed to persuade core Labour voters to turn out on May 6.

The leaflets being handed out by supporters said "The election is a two horse race. It’s a choice between a Labour Government and a Tory Government. A vote for the Lib Dems is no vote at all."

Mr Brown defended his tactics to the News of the World and contrasted it with David Cameron’s, saying: "It is about substance in the end.

"Let’s be honest, you can have all the pyrotechnics in the world.

"At the end of the day people are going to choose how they are going to vote on the basis of substance and they are going to look below the superficialities, the PR and the tactics.

"The British people are very discerning and look at who gives them answers to the big questions they are asking.

"It’s not personal, it’s about substance.

In contrast, David Cameron asked midwives in Kingston Hospital in south West London for advice for his pregnant wife.

"Put her feet up and make you do all the work," he was told by Mariama Goodman - prompting him to joke the cameras should have been off for that comment.

Mr Cameron also swapped baby tales with a couple whose first child had been born less than five hours before.

He told Caroline and John-Jo O'Driscoll their as yet unnamed daughter was "really sweet" and hinted he might prefer another girl this time. "They are much easier," he whispered to the couple.

The Camerons have two children - six--year-old Nancy and Arthur Elwen, 4 - and the baby is expected in September. Their eldest son Ivan died last year.



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