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Will a new Brown sweep clean?

Gordon Brown was at the launch of the new-look Apprenticeships last week at Selfridges in London.

Some invited apprentices were "treated" to front-row seats as the Chancellor praised the scheme - which has dropped the word "modern" from its title. On arrival, he told the teenage guests: "Sorry you've got to listen to all these boring speeches, but the shop doesn't open until 10 anyway."

Now that "modern" has gone out of apprenticeships , is he about to do the same for the "new" in Labour?

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