ON THE ROAD; the Prime Minister's Wife Is Writing an Election Diary. . Here's Her Verdict on First Week's Campaign

Article excerpt

Byline: SARAH BROWN

IN the last three years I've become even more sure than ever.

Gordon is the right man for a very difficult job and I'm enjoying the campaign to re-elect my husband and his brilliant team to form a new government.

I have said before that he's not a saint, and that's true.

But he's as tough as they come and he's been a rock for me through some really difficult times.

Watching out of my office window as Gordon and his Cabinet announced the day of the election took me back to the last time he made a speech at the front door of No10 - when he became Prime Minister in 2007.

When we walked through the door and were greeted by all the Downing Street staff, our sons John and Fraser were tucked behind everyone else at the far end of the corridor that leads from the big black door down to the Cabinet room.

They leapt out at the end of the line of people to surprise their dad with a hug.

I wasn't sure whether I was prouder of how quickly they'd made friends with all the staff while we had been outside, or the fact that Gordon, after a lovely big hug, wanted to get straight to work before he'd even been shown the flat where we were now supposed to live! A lot has changed since then. We've been through a lot as a country, and I've seen how hard Gordon and the Labour ministers have been working to change Britain for the better.

But it hasn't all been about the politicians. I was incredibly touched as those same Downing Street staff roared their welcome when Gordon went in to address them after his speech on the doorstep a few days ago. Looking around the team gathered in that room I saw people who had worked on so many of the important changes there have been since 2007 - people who've driven through Labour's cancer guarantee and the expansion of neighbourhood policing and who worked on the Climate Change Act - as well, of course, as the people who worked with Gordon around the clock during the financial crisis and the move into economic recovery.

They have all become a part of our family and it was lovely to have such a warm (and noisy!) send-off on the campaign trail. …