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Sarah adopts 'First Lady' tactics in electrifying defence of her man

It was an impassioned and self-assured performance that surprised even her husband [Gordon Brown]. Prime Minister's wife Sarah broke with tradition to defend her spouse's achievements in a rare public address more usually seen in American politics.

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Just two hours before the leader of the country was due on stage at the Labour conference she told him of her plan to introduce him personally on the platform.

"I'm so proud that every day I see him motivated to work for the best interests of people all around the country," said the 44-year-old mum of two. And Mr Brown was visibly moved as she wound up by introducing him as "my husband, the leader of the Labour Party, your prime minister".

Sarah, who usually prefers to stay out of the limelight, had awoken in the early hours of Tuesday morning convinced she was uniquely placed to persuade the public her husband is still the man for the top job. And the clarity and warmth of her speech - every word of which was her own - earned her a standing ovation from delegates.

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Before taking to the podium the prime minister received a warm kiss from his wife, the sort of gesture which has marked the American presidential race Photo: © Getty Images
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Minutes before their embrace, Sarah had astonished delegates at a Labour party conference by addressing them from the podium Photo: © Rex

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