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Our man in Bournemouth

By David Goodhart  

My annual 24-hour visit to the Labour party conference did not go according to plan, but it could have been a lot worse. Buoyed by the news that the Daily Telegraph had named me 89th most influential person on the British left (Yes! Bizarrely ahead of real lefties like John Pilger and even the head of the Fabian Society), I jumped on a train to Bournemouth on Monday afternoon. I was looking forward to speaking at an IPPR fringe event on multiculturalism at 7pm, going to the Guardian/Observer party at 9pm, hanging around enjoying the political chit-chat, sticking my nose…

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