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Notes from the north west

I'm in Manchester today, discussing plans for a new event at the Conservative party conference in October.

The aim, if it comes off, is to create a must-see annual attraction that combines crowd-pleasing entertainment with a serious political message.

It's a difficult trick to pull off but I have an idea that I think could work. Watch this space.

In the meantime I can reveal details of the event we are organising - in association with the Clubs and Institute Union - at the Labour conference in Liverpool in September.

See poster above.

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Reader Comments (6)

All those arm chair, middle class socialists having to mix with real working class people. That will never do.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 17:52 | Unregistered CommenterDave Atherton

I thought you'd stopped going to Labour's conferences due to the fact that they hate us, think Forest is full of evil tobacconists who stand outside of school gates waiting to get kids "hooked" and there is no chance in hell that they will ever listen to what we have to say.

As Dave says, we're just too working class for that NuLot who killed our party.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 18:46 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Maurice Glasman, guru of "Blue Labour", said he supported the reintroduction of smoking rooms in pubs. But it seems he's now fallen out of favour for daring to articulate what genuine working-class people think.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 19:15 | Unregistered CommenterCurmudgeon

It baffles me that constituencies where pubs, clubs and Bingo halls have been destroyed by the blanket smoking ban should, even now, return their 'Labour' tormentors to power. This compliance just confirms the disdain in which these voters are held by the elite who despise them, while claiming at the hustings to represent them. It's about stereotypes. The real Lord Snootys and tyrants of this world are not in the shires and Pall Mall clubs but, in bien pensant disguise, in Westminster, Whitehall the universities, broadcasting, local authorities and the Quangos. It makes me think of the story of Red Riding Hood: the loving grandma is actually a wolf in disguise.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 19:29 | Unregistered CommenterNorman

Good luck, I hope many committee members and the stewards of these C.I.U clubs will start to lobby thier Mps. If I was close to Liverpool I'd love to attend, 1 to support this, and 2 to see the Beatles tribute band.

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