MANCHESTER, England — As Britain’s political parties finish their annual conferences, Jack Blanchard invites a selection of top speechwriters from both sides of the Atlantic to consider what makes a great political speech.
Tony Blair’s former chief speechwriter, Philip Collins, talks us through the techniques he used when penning Keir Starmer’s leader’s speech at this year’s Labour Party conference. David Cameron’s former chief speechwriter, Ameet Gill, recalls several of the ex- PM’s greatest hits, including the 2007 “no notes” party conference speech which helped avert a snap general election. Ed Miliband’s former speechwriter, stand-up comedian Ayesha Hazarika, explains the importance of humor in political discourse. And U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s former speechwriter, Bob Lehrman, offers a trans-Atlantic view of how the greatest political speeches are structured.
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