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Ed Miliband’s speech: only a step towards power

He's wowed his supporters and silenced his critics—but has the Labour leader made genuine progress?

By Peter Riddell  

Party leaders’ speeches should be judged both spatially and temporally. The general rule is that the further away one is in distance and time from the conference hall, the less impact they will have—for better or for worse. At the Labour party conference in Manchester, Ed Miliband undoubtedly enjoyed a triumph among Labour delegates and supporters, and even won grudging respect for his oratorical skills from normal critics. The one nation positioning was adept and, like early Tony…

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