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Quotes from Labour's conference

Issue No. 2171

“But who?”
Neal Lawson, head of Compass, the soft left think-tank, heckles at a fringe meeting when someone suggests Gordon Brown is replaced

“Almost anyone.”
replies Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

“They love you when you’re dead.”
Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn on why delegates are being nice

“The prime minister has learned the danger of slogans, like saying British jobs for British workers, when he meant jobs in Britain for all workers.”
Unite union leader Derek Simpson, who posed next to two Daily Star models who were holding placards which read “British jobs for British workers”

“Recovery will be underway in Britain by the turn of the year.”
Chancellor Alistair Darling, presumably after having his future told by a mystic on Brighton’s seafront

“Gordon’s conference speech is really dead men walking.”
Alan Simpson MP, one of a few delegates prepared to acknowledge the real world

“Keep clapping, there’s lots more!”
PA announcement as the half-full hall fails to applaud prospective New Labour candidates

“The Purnells and the Milibands are plotting who’s going to be the leader after they have lost the election. But let us warn them – there may not be a Labour Party after the next election.”
Left wing Labour MP John McDonnell speaking at the rally of the Jobs, Education and Peace protest outside Labour’s conference

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Tue 29 Sep 2009, 18:27 BST
Issue No. 2171
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