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It’s a sea air freshers week for Keir’s loyal foot soldiers

Last stop before the council elections

01 October, 2021 — By Richard Osley in Brighton

Going up? Nina de Ayala Parker from the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency at the Metropole Hotel enjoying her week in Brighton

SATURDAY in Brighton was mayhem. The sidemen stag nights and sashed-up hen parties were in full swing as ever down here.

But Labour’s arrival to the seafront also coincided with a bucket hat dance music festival in the park up the road and university freshers week.

Come the evening, you could see vaguely familiar shadow cabinet people tottering past young men and women belching kebabs into the kerb.


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Throw in Brexit megaphone man and a testy anti-vax protest, and it was all pretty lively given we are still (aren’t we? ) living through a pandemic.

There was actually hardly a face mask in sight at the conference events, although security occasionally asked for a vaccine app to flashed at them.  It was as if all those rules could be forgotten for this week, and this was Labour’s own freshers week under the not-so-new leader.

A chance then to relax before council elections.

Labour go into those polls in Camden in total command, but do not want to lose any ground.

When the party leader is the MP for your area, you have to avoid any slip-ups and “in Keir’s backyard” headlines.

 

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