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Jeremy Corbyn speech: the value of the “old politics”

The new leader has steadied the ship in advance of his speech—but his performance will be all-important

By Josh Lowe  

PLEASE NOTE: RETRANSMITTED DUE TO LIFTING OF EMBARGO Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn prepares for his first leader's speech in his hotel room in Brighton during the annual Labour Party conference at the Brighton Centre, Sussex.

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to Labour conference this afternoon (at 2.15pm) is today’s most important political story by far. And, given the leader’s first days in the job have been marred by gaffes and media attacks, Corbyn’s team have managed this one pretty well. He’s adopted some tactics from the hated “old politics,” and they’ve helped him score some good coverage and steady the ship. But there’s still everything to play for: how he performs today will be watched closely by the Tories, his enemies within his party and—perhaps for the first time—even some of the wider public. Here’s the key things to…

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