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Brown finds his voice in Britain -- too late?

With his Labor Party trailing, Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally found his voice.

Brown “dramatically threw off the shackles of his foundering campaign to deliver one of the most passionate speeches he has ever given, leaving even disillusioned cabinet members stunned by his sudden display of fervor” the Guardian’s Patrick Wintour reports. “To several standing ovations, he told the Citizens UK conference: ‘As you fight for fairness, you will always find in me a friend, a partner and a brother.’” He spoke at a meeting of Citizens UK, an offshoot of the Industrial Areas Foundation. Tory David Cameron and Lib Dem Nick Clegg also spoke, but for the first time, Brown was the dominant figure in a joint appearance.

In the meantime, Labor Party leaders stepped up their efforts to get voters opposed to the Conservatives to vote tactically -- for Labor in seats where Labor is the main competitor against Cameron’s Party, for the Lib Dems in seats where Labor has no chance.

Is it too late? The You Gov poll last night had the Conservatives up by seven. Brown may at least be preventing a last-minute hemorrhage of Labor votes, and enough tactical voting could keep the Tories from winning a majority of seats. But the Conservatives seem (very guardedly) confident. I’ll be back later with tonight’s polls.

By E.J. Dionne  | May 4, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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