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Beyond ‘Brexit means Brexit’: report from the Conservative conference

This ‘real Conservative’ government could be a Labour/Ukip coalition

6 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Unexpected Angels: report from the Labour conference

Labour’s wings talked unity but each walked alone

1 October 2016 · 1 Comment

Charities should get off the mat: report from the Liberal Democrat conference

Still more to do to explain the charitable sector

21 September 2016 · Leave a comment

Postcard from Manchester: the only way is down

If you follow these kinds of things, you’ll already know that the Tories made a rather serious pitch for the centre ground, and that David Cameron’s potential successors have already … Continue reading

13 October 2015 · 1 Comment

Postcard from Brighton: Mods vs rockers at the Labour Party Conference

Two angry tribes met earlier this week in Brighton. The rockers arrived with a swagger, buoyed up with their leadership win. No one really knew how the vanquished mods would … Continue reading

2 October 2015 · 2 Comments

Postcard from Bournemouth: the Liberal Democrats are the party of paradox

Each year I visit all three party conferences. I usually come away from the Liberal Democrat conference feeling somehow charmed and this year is no exception. This year I’m also puzzled. … Continue reading

23 September 2015 · 1 Comment

Some observations from the Liberal Democrat Conference in Glasgow

Yes, I know. It was a few months ago. But I was tired after three conferences and went to play in Copenhagen and looked for Borgen filming locations (specifically: Café … Continue reading

15 March 2015 · Leave a comment

Some observations from the Conservative Conference in Birmingham

Mark Reckless and Brooks Newmark brought the Tory faithful together Lazy consensus had it that the Conservatives would be reeling after Mark Reckless’ defection and Brooks Newmark’s paisley adventure. But … Continue reading

1 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Some observations from Labour Conference in Manchester

It’s a shame Ed Miliband doesn’t read this blog I wrote last year that it was time to step behind the lectern and concentrate on the content, not the rote learning. … Continue reading

27 September 2014 · Leave a comment

Hardworking may be the hardest word

Take a trip to the centre of Manchester between now and Wednesday and you may be greeted with this sight: That’s right. A hotel saying it’s for the hardworking – … Continue reading

29 September 2013 · 1 Comment

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