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DON'T LET TORIES IN URGES PM; Miliband the Politician BROWN'S PLEA.

Byline: By JAMES LYONS

GORDON Brown yesterday called on Labour MPs to unite to keep the Tories out of power.

As he prepared to give his most important speech to the party conference, he told them to "fight for Britain's future", warning the Conservatives would slash public services, help the rich and turn their backs on the poor.

Mr Brown believes Labour infighting and attempts to get rid of him will gift David Cameron victory the next election.

The conference starts in Manchester today after ministerial walk-outs and mounting demands for the PM to go.

Just 12 months ago, he was riding high in the polls and considering a snap election.

Yet support for Tory leader Mr Cameron has now hit 52 per cent - and even Mr Brown's allies fear there will be more resignations from ministers who believe the PM is leading them to catastrophe at the polls.

But in a letter to MPs, he set out the action he was taking to help the country through the financial crisis.

He is buoyed by the deal he helped broker to save Halifax Bank of Scotland from ruin.

And he said: "I am confident that we can come through this difficult time and meet the challenges we face a stronger, more secure and fairer country.

"And that we can show people more clearly that the choice at the next election will be a Conservative Party which still believes in helping the few and not the many and a Labour party which believes in fairness and opportunity for all."

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