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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Reflections on Labour conference

With the end of the Labour Party Annual Conference today, what can we say about the week just past?

(See http://www.labour.org.uk/conference/home for Labour reports)

It appeared consistent with the tone of government statements since Gordon Brown became PM. While there was little in the way of new announcements, the conversation about politics was important. Policy appears to be being made in new ways which are more open to input from outside Number 10. Delegates were relaxed all week and there was a unity of purpose in the Party.

We heard about a renewed focus on personalised public services, such as in health and education. There was much discussion about young people and what provision to make for them.

While the media may have become bored by Conference, we should probably regard this as a good thing. I wonder if the media will be as bored next week, at the Conservative equivalent?

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