The stage is set and everyone is waiting - not a silent, respectful hush by any means, but we're waiting for the main act, after an interval break meeting the deputy leadership contenders trawling for votes.
And there's the man himself, large as life and half as dour, smiling and waving as the hall stands as one, cheering and applauding our next party leader and Prime Minister. Not everyone was quite so welcoming, though, and one lady was 'escorted' from the hall for shouting demands that Brown get the troops out now. The issue reappeared a couple of times during the discussion and he accepted his share of the responsibility for the decisions taken in Cabinet, but he promised to visit the region to assess the current status. Additionally, he said that he would work for a two-state solution to the problems in Gaza. Indeed, he said that he had met Israeli businessmen ready to invest in Gaza.
Gordon has clearly spent a good deal of time in training for this. His public persona involves a lot more smiling than it ever did in the past and he's even learning a few jokes. He's not on the Blair level when it comes to presentation, but that must be his selling point. Let Cameron do the lightweight spinning - Brown is a political heavyweight with policies aplenty. Many of those remain firmly under wraps, but some hints seemed to leak out.
Expect an Education Bill in the autumn's Queen's Speech and while Gordon remains committed to delivering the manifesto commitment on academies, there were hints that the programme might not expand in the way that Blair intended. Surestart will continue to expand, providing an average of six centres in every constituency by 2010. That will be a key marker for the Brown government, as he clearly wants to put child poverty and development at the heart of what he does. He also wants to expand youth provision - touched upon by Alan Johnson earlier in the morning - and wants to develop a partnership in training involving employers, young people and the government. We've increased apprenticeships from 70,000 in 1997 to 300,000 today and wants to go on towards 500,000, so as to reduce the pool of unskilled labour. Young people can also expect to be involved in deciding how money should be spent on their services in the community. While we've already increased per child spending on education from the 1997 level of £2500 a year to £5000, he wants to allow for more small group and one-to-one teaching by increasing it still more to £6500 per child per year. It is crucial that we deal with children who fall behind with reading or maths in the early years of primary education, otherwise they will not be able to catch up in time to reap the benefits of secondary education.
Even when it came to housing, he related that to children and poverty and pointed out that our society is creating some 270,000 new households a year and they need somewhere to live.
International aid will also remain important, as he understands that while we can't solve environmental problems without people taking responsibility and playing a role in reducing their own impact, greater effects are felt when countries work together. Britain is already putting £50 million into a Congo basin reforestation project. A big aim was to see if we could be the first generation when every child on the planet had the chance to go to school. He said that when Kenya was helped to provide free education, a million children unknown to the government suddenly appeared to enrol. We have the chance to eradicate diseases like polio, malaria and diptheria - six million lives could be saved each year. He also committed to persuading the UN and the African Union to take more action to deal with the great tragedy of Darfur.
Gordon's never going to be as slick as Blair, but that isn't a problem. His passion shows when he gets onto a subject close to his heart as the facts and figures spill out. He's certainly a detail man in a way that Tony never was. That may be a problem for the future - whether he can resist the temptation to fiddle with ministerial departments - but it can also be his strength. He understands the detail that underlies the big picture and will be able to highlight the weaknesses of the Tory attack. Cameron will find it hard to match that grasp of knowledge that Brown has.
I'm feeling more upbeat than I have for quite a while after today. If other members are reading this - do make the effort to get to one of these meetings if you can.