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By Prospect   September 2009

The poverty of party conference season

Labour’s embattled troops head down to Brighton at the end of September for what’s likely to be their final party conference in government. By all accounts it’ll be a sparse affair, as the lobbyists and hacks flock instead to see Cameron & co at their pre-election victory jamboree in Manchester one week later. The conferences are a valuable money-spinner for cash-strapped parties, and Labour will be especially badly hit as attendance falls. Moreover, an unlikely new foe has emerged to spoil their fundraising fun still further: cabinet secretary, Gus O’Donnell.

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