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The party conferences: the leaders are here to stay

All three party leaders can be pleased with their speeches, even if they stayed clear of specifics

By Peter Riddell  

(photo: BIS)

The party conference season is over. All three leaders can look back on it with some satisfaction. Nick Clegg saw the majority of his party firmly commit itself to remaining in the coalition until 2015, not least to show that the Lib Dems can operate as a party of government. In a deft speech, Ed Miliband tied himself more closely to Labour, strengthened his personal authority and silenced critics of his leadership.

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