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Labour Party Conference 2014: Ed Miliband’s speech is high concept, low impact

Despite the presence of some populist policies, the Labour leader's speech lacked a coherent narrative

By Josh Lowe  

Miliband is reportedly losing the trust of his party ©Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

Ed Miliband takes the stage at Labour conference, pointing to (possibly imaginary) friends in the audience, waving to the back of the crowd. The hall is packed. Earlier, the queue snaked all the way out the door, across the vast conference foyer, out of the main doors and halfway around the huge Manchester conference centre building. Behind Miliband on a screen is a mosaic…

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