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Ed: right on in Brighton

He's surprisingly good at big top events

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Well, we already knew Ed Miliband is capable of delivering a compelling speech in a big hall without using notes—he’s done it before. He did it in 2011 with the “predators and producers” speech and again last year, when he appropriated the “One Nation” theme. He pulled the trick off again this afternoon, and in doing so ought to have put to rest any lingering misgivings about his rhetorical abilities. (And some of his off-the-cuff quips suggest he’s nimble enough to hold his own in the leaders’ debates in 2015, too.)

Like its predecessors, this speech had a freshly minted…

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