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Labour in Brighton: good gags but a gap on the economy

By Jay Elwes  

Labour conference delegates have started going home. At lunchtime, large crowds spilled from the conference centre onto the foggy esplanade. It seems many took the train.

This afternoon Ed Miliband introduced Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered in 1993 in a racist killing. She addressed those delegates who’d hung around, a strong and admirable woman who has suffered terrible loss. She reminded conference of the particular challenges faced by her own community—Afro-Caribbean unemployment stands at 50 per cent, she said. She then recounted her shock at receiving the phone call in which she learned that Miliband wanted to put her…

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