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The duellists

Jim Reeve chief executive officer, Positive Solutions

“Brown did well to put himself across as the man with the experience to bring back stability. What will be critical is to rebuild consumer confidence in the financial system and prevent money moving to Ireland.”

David Gillespie director and communications expert, The Speechworks

“Prime Minister Gordon Brown is clearly happier in a back room carving out policy than in the spotlight but he did the right thing by positioning himself as a safe pair of hands in his conference speech.

“On the other hand, David Cameron does not carry the same baggage as Brown in terms of Northern Rock. Cameron manages to be confident in a way that does not come across as arrogant or aloof and his performance was head and shoulders above Brown’s.”

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