20 October, 2020

Labour Votes Kashmir

The Brighton meet focuses on the troubled state to woo Asians

Labour Votes Kashmir

BY the standards of the Labour Party, it was a dream conference. First, there was Tony Blair's well received, mes-sianic pulpit call for a "New Labour, New Britain". And when the conference passed every single official resolution, including the controversial one to keep Trident nuclear missiles, the new leadership's grip over the party was confirmed. Finally, to prove that the new Labour had indeed begun to attract traditional Conservative supporters, there was the high-profile defection of Alan Howarth, former minister and true-blue Tory MP from Stratford-upon-Avon. This happened just a couple of days after the conference and on the eve of the Tory conference. It was, according to Plara Khabra, a Labour MP of Indian origin from Ealing, Southall, "The beginning of the campaign to defeat the Tories."

But this crucial Labour conference at Brighton, possibly the last before next year's general elections, was not without its share of hiccups: the challenge from the far left in the Liz Davis case; the breakaway threat from Arthur Scargill, the powerful president of the...



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