David Cameron is halfway through his speech. Resilient, inspiring and eloquent so far. No autocue, not reading from notes. A similar style to 2005. Going down well in the hall. I'm watching on a big screen. Surreal to witness people clapping a screen! Powerful passage on local government and a powerful section on Brown's habit of multiple announcements.
There was an audible intake of breath when he used the word 'pissed'. Not sure that was such a good idea, even if he was quoting a 16 year old.
Biggest cheer so far is the critism of Brown's record on pensions. Quite right. Good anecdote about a pensioner in his constituency who lost his pension. Promised to set up a lifeboat fund for 125,000 people who have lost out.
Very interesting that the cameras are concentrating on a much younger age profile for their reaction shots. Normally they concentrate on people who look as if they are about to fall asleep. Not today.
At the end of the speech I'm doing a quick piece on News 24 then heading back to London to do Vox Politix tonight. We'll be reviewing the conference.
I leave Blackpool more optimistic about the future than I have been for a long time. Gordon Brown will know the Tory Party is back - and back with a vengeance. Brown has a real dilemma now. If he calls an election he loses, and if he doesn't call an election he loses.