Posted by: Closed Circuit05/10/2012
The Guardian’s political editor Patrick Wintour had an opportune encounter while he was chairing a session at this year’s Labour Party conference in Manchester.
During a question and answer session one delegate introduced himself as the chair of Hackney’s planning committee.
Quick as a flash Mr Wintour interjected: ‘I’m just appealing against one of your decisions.’
The chance meeting is unlikely to result in much future joy, however, as the committee chair swiftly responded with: ‘You will probably lose.’
Angela Eagle, chair of the Labour Party’s national policy forum, resorted to mime in a bid to demonstrate how the party operates these days.
Turning her clenched fist to the audience at the Labour Party conference, Ms Eagle slowly opened it so her open palm was facing delegates at a fringe meeting on Monday evening.
For those less well-schooled in the world of mime than Closed Circuit, this apparently means the party is outward looking and open to new ideas.
Or, as Ms Eagle put it, ‘it’s a bit like a Star Trek greeting’.
While delegates might have looked slightly bemused, Closed Circuit is pleased to have witnessed the emergence of Labour’s very own version of John Redwood. Long may both live and prosper.
Shadow housing minister Jack Dromey left his audience with a particularly vivid image as he laid into plans to force councils to renegotiate section 106 agreements this week.
At a fringe session at the Labour Party conference he urged delegates to oppose communities secretary Eric Pickles all the way.
‘We can’t allow anything that will allow Eric Pickles to sit on local government,’ he thundered. Closed Circuit is sure this was just an unfortunate choice of words.
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