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Purgatory at the Hilton: what’s happened to the mood at party conference?

In Brighton, Labour’s so-called moderates have finally started to absorb the fact they’ve broken up with power—and don't seem to know what comes next

By Marie Le Conte  

All washed up: at this year's Labour conference, the stagnant mood among the party's moderates is palpable.

Labour conference is often at its best in Brighton: the venues are all along the seafront, escaping to the beach for a short break is always an option, and the Grand and the Hilton hotels are both homes to genuinely pleasant bars.

After spending a day running from one fringe to the other and away from their hangovers, MPs, journalists and party members can hope to meet one another in these cosy…

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