'The fightback has begun', Harriet Harman tells Labour activists

Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman has rounded off the party's conference by telling activists 'the fightback has begun'.

After weeks of speculation about Gordon Brown's leadership and appalling ratings in the polls, Ms Harman said the conference had shown the 'very best of Team Labour'.

She told delegates: 'People said this conference would be a scene of division and disunity but you have proved them wrong.

Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman

Fighting back: Harriet Harman hailed Gordon Brown as 'the right person to lead the party and the right person to lead the country'

'Your warmth and loyalty has shown the very best of team Labour.'

Ms Harman said the Prime Minister's speech yesterday had shown 'he is the right person to lead the party and the right person to lead the country'.

She added: 'His unrivalled experience as the most successful Chancellor of recent times was built on the foundation of his values.

'His strength and his resilience will steer us through these difficult times.'

David Cameron

'Something not quite right about him': Ms Harman said David Cameron was 'the kind of man your mother used to warn you about'

Ms Harman said party activists had made it clear to Labour MPs they were expected to be loyal to their leader.

Looking ahead to a general election, and next year's local council and European polls, she said: 'We are confident in our values.

'We are proud of our record, ambitious for the future. Labour's fightback has begun.'

She attacked Tory leader David Cameron, claiming he was 'the kind of man your mother used to warn you about'.

She said: 'There is something not quite right about him.

'Now the women here will know what I mean. He's the kind of man your mother used to warn you about.

'He'll promise you the world, promise to make all your dreams come true.

'But if he gets his wicked way with you - in the ballot box - you'd never hear from him again.'

Later, soprano Marion Wilmann led delegates and Cabinet ministers, including Gordon Brown, in the traditional singing of the Red Flag and Jerusalem before the conference closed.

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Soprano Marion Wilmann led the traditional singing of the Red Flag and Jerusalem

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