Lord Prescott began the event and mentioned Jeremy Corbyn adding he would have liked to see more than one Labour hopeful at Saturday's political bash.
Andy Burnham took to the stage and spoke briefly before opening a Q & A session.
The audience were not slow in coming forward and a lively debate followed. The youngest person at the event asked Burnham what he would do to resolve the problem of long waiting times for GP appointments. This young girl had been told Friday she could not get an appointment to see her GP for two-weeks.
I am not sure that Andy really answered her question "what he would do to change that" but he did cite Labour's previous better record on GP appointments notably when he was Minister for Health.
But overall Andy Burnham said enough to convince me.
He looks good, speaks well, has enough of a common touch and when he said he would be tough against the Tories I believed him.
When my elderly neighbour spoke to him following the meeting he was polite and respectful. It had been a long day and a long meeting but he made time for everyone.
The speech he delivered Saturday promised a return to Labour core values. He stood up for the young who were savaged again by the Tories in last week's budget. He spoke about the Westminster bubble and how he would change that. It was an honest approach and much needed.
Right now Labour needs a new leader who will be tough in opposition but who can also win the next General Election in 2020.
Andy Burnham can do both if he gets enough support to win the leadership race.
Why Mandelson seems to feel the need to keep attacking Labour from within is open to debate. Does he hope that Labour will return to Blairite policies? Is he protecting his own back and interests? Is he a publicity seeker pure and simple?
In '97 the British electorate were sick to the back-teeth of Tory rule. Change was needed and a young Tony Blair's government was a breath of fresh air.
Blair's legacy is forever doomed following the Iraq War which he signed the UK up to with George W Bush. Not only was that war costly in people-power and money it was illegal and led to a power vacuum in Iraq and the current chaos in that country. One man stood out against the Iraq War predicting the chaotic outcome and that was Charles Kennedy, Liberal Democrat, who died this week.
By the 2010 General Election Mandelson's disloyalty to the party was plain to see. As Gordon Brown struggled for re-election too many images of Mandelson in the shadows like a dark lord sneering and pulling inappropriate faces helped defeat.
As Ed Miliband fought for election in 2015 Mandelson raised his head now and then but never offering positivity.
When the Mansion Tax was promoted he went on record to condemn it and most voters viewed that move as self-serving.
In January the Guardian reported "Peter Mandelson received £400,000 as a cash loan last year from a company he owns, in a move which could ease his tax burden, accounts filed recently at Companies House reveal [see footnote]. The company, of which he is the sole shareholder, gave the former secretary of state a loan for that amount in the financial year 2013/14 – a move described by a leading tax campaigner as likely to have been motivated by tax avoidance."
The footnote says "This article was amended on 30 January 2015. An earlier version described the loan as “tax-free”. To clarify: a payment representing 25% of the sum advanced to the director is payable to HMRC if the loan has not been repaid within nine months and a day of the company year end, but this is repayable if the loan is refunded by the director. This article was further amended on 18 February 2015 to clarify that Lord Mandelson’s speaking engagements were not for clients, that Goldman Sachs is not his client and that Asia Pulp and Paper has now given a commitment to protect forests."
The Guardian report and others shows that Mandelson is not a man of the people in any sense. Like Blair he was lucky to be in a prime position when the time was right.
Both would not be so lucky second time around.
Labour needs to elect a new leader and take its dirty laundry indoors rather than returning to the old days of public backstabbing which serves no purpose except to individuals with their own agenda.
As voters shifted away from the traditional right and left of politics in Britain the Lib Dems under Kennedy offered a real alternative. That edge however was lost when Nick Clegg as party leader agreed to help form a Tory-led coalition in 2010. The glory days of the Libs Dems were squandered and they are back in the wilderness in 2015.
Charles Kennedy offered the electorate intelligent representation, compassion, a genuine warmth and good humour.
Without the use of spin-doctors and a huge and expensive propaganda machine Charles Kennedy was the real-deal in politics.
He looked set to take the party on to greater things but that was not to be.
In 2002 and 2003 cracks began to show.
He appeared at a Lib Dem conference looking gaunt and sweating profusely. He began to stumble when he tried to remember keynotes in debates and speeches. There were rumours of alcoholism which were always strongly denied but eventually he came clean.
Married in 2002 to Sarah Gurling the couple had their first child as the 2005 General Election campaign went into overdrive. He was temporarily replaced as leader by Sir Menzies Campbell. Kennedy blamed some of his memory lapses on lack of sleep due to the birth of his child but he never fully recovered his edge.
In December 2010 the couple divorced.
Doubts continued to linger about his health and well-being.
His cause of death is not known at this time but police say there are no suspicious circumstances. May he be allowed to rest in peace.
FromTwitter John Prescott @johnprescott "So sad to hear of Charles Kennedy's passing. He proved to be right on Iraq. History will be as kind to him as he was to others. A great loss."
Below are a couple of other tributes to Mr Kennedy courtesy of the Telegraph:
Rosa Prince recalls seeing Charles Kennedy at work: As a young Lobby reporter on the Daily Mirror, I well remember an event before the 2005 general election, where we invited a panel of readers to meet the leaders of the three main parties.
The investigation concluded "the memo was written by Mr Carmichael's special adviser, Euan Roddin in the Scottish Office who believes his account was an "accurate record" of the conversation but that part of it may have been "lost in translation".
"Mr Carmichael's former special adviser Euan Roddin gave the details to the Daily Telegraph - but he had Mr Carmichael's permission to do so" reports Sky News.
But the Independent hit the nail on the head in a report titled "Nicola Sturgeon did want David Cameron to win the general election, report concludes."
Saturday the Liberal Democrat party said it will be taking no further action.
Carmichael has said he made an error of judgement in leaking the memo and has apologised to Sturgeon. He lied about his involvement damaging his credibility and reputation.
But many will still wonder about the meeting between Sturgeon and the French ambassador and what was really said.
After all mud sticks.
Nicola Sturgeon Tory fan or Westminster dirty tricks
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was asked by Channel 4 to watch the drama before it was aired and be interviewed but he declined. Like him or loathe him can you blame him?
"Looks like 100 Days of UKIP may well have backfired on Channel 4. A biased, partisan depiction of the only party that Believes in Britain," Mr Farage wrote on Twitter.
Speaking on LBC Radio, UKIP MEP and parliamentary candidate Gerald Batten called the docudrama "a piece of bile and vitriol from our political opponents". "Political debate is one thing, and having a debate where people can put another point of view, or even a factual documentary about a political party. But this wasn't that," said Mr Batten.
He continued: "[Channel 4] can just spout their views and don't actually have to go out and defend them in elections, which we do."
In the spirit of fair play we wondered if perhaps Channel 4 should run similar dramas surrounding each political party. With David Cameron running scared of televised debates we concluded this may be the closest the electorate gets to Cameron.
Channel 4 added: "Channel 4 has a role to encourage debate and engage viewers in political issues. "The schedule will include a broad range of programming in the build-up to the election including news and current affairs investigations, a party leader debate and a major new political drama on the formation of the coalition government."
Ofcom investigated the complaints, most about UKIP being portrayed in a bad light, and decided it should not take action.
But either way the cat was out of the bag and "UKIP: The First 100 Days" hit the mark.
Guardian - Ukip docudrama cleared after more than 6,000 complaints