Gordon Brown’s surprise visit to RCN Congress certainly won some hearts here at Harrogate.
Rumours were buzzing through the Harrogate International Conference Centre before his appearance.
When he finally arrived, 10 minutes late, the audience warmed to his tales about his experience of the NHS and in particular the death of his baby daughter, which he obliquely referred to.
But would Mr Brown have turned up if Conservative leader David Cameron was not due to appear an hour later?
After Mr Brown’s usual thundering delivery, the lighter and more personable approach taken by David Cameron was also effective.
He even made the audience laugh with his ‘alphabetti spaghetti’ comments.
And he was brave enough to face unscripted questions from nurses, something Mr Brown did not do.
But what this all boils down to is politics. Mr Brown is fighting for his political life and Mr Cameron is fighting to win the next election.
There were some fine words spoken to day by both men. Nurses will now expect them to backed by some fine deeds.