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What Blair should say in Bournemouth

By Philip Collins   September 2003

The Labour backbenchers are revolting. Their puzzlement and anger over the war has been transferred into surrogate issues: foundation hospitals before the break, top-up fees when term restarts. There will be a fractious session of parliamentary tidying-up to be endured before the Labour party conference, at which their grievances will be properly ventilated. Voters too are more sceptical than at any time in the past six years, and only partly because of Iraq. So when Tony Blair stands up to address the gathering, what should he say to his two audiences-to those inside the hall in Bournemouth, whom he has…

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