Party Conferences :Will the #CPC18 be the equal and opposite of #LabourConference2018 ?

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There is a pretty wide consensus that Labour and Corbyn had a good conference and presented themselves as a Government in waiting focussed on wider domestic policy. Their nuanced policy of ‘Constructive Ambiguity’ on Brexit looks likely to keep their Coalition of Leave and Remain voters together too.

As the excellent Stephen Bush points out  ‘Labour may not have started the culture war but they certainly benefited from it at the last election. Now they essentially want to bring that to an end, bank their gains among social liberals, graduates and the middle classes and win over voters with an economic offer.’

Whilst the Conservatives seemed to have to ditched their reputation as the party of business who would have thought a Labour Shadow Chancellor like John McDonnell would be making a pitch to fill that gap in the market.


It was telling that McDonnell name-checked Gordon Brown and Corbyn did the same for  John Prescott some distinct connecting with the days in Government.

This seems a  marked contrast with the Conservatives who gather in Birmingham this weekend?

The Conservative increasingly resemble an Opposition Party dominated by the poisoned chalice of implementing Brexit struggling to find a voice or define a vision of how they would tackle the domestic policy challenges that lie ahead. Former Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Robert Halfon called this Conference ‘Make or Break’ have we ever heard that language from a Senior Conservative before.

Its almost an equal and opposite position to Labour and who would have thought that 2 years ago?

Richard Dawson

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