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.@BrandonLewis opens #cpc18 with an interesting pitch about how the Tories risk being left behind in a changing Britain.
.@BrandonLewis says he wants the Tories to become “the natural home for ethnic minority communities within a generation.” Not a small task. #cpc18
Lewis also announcing a “dedicated mentoring fund to support those who are under-represented in our party”. Something @IsabelHardman discusses in her excellent new book on how to get better MPs #cpc18

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Oct 2, 2018
90 minutes before @BorisJohnson speaks and he’s already got the biggest queue of any #cpc18 event. Hundreds here!
I reckon you could fill up the main conference with all the people waiting for Boris #cpc18
Everyone wearing #StandUp4Brexit and #ChuckChequers badges, natch.
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Oct 1, 2018
There’s been a security breach at #cpc18. All conference venues in lockdown, buildings locked for duration.
Doors to the main building locked, no one allowed to leave.
There’s chatter going around there’s some very enthusiastic Pokemon Go players who are desperate to access the conference venue. Not a joke.
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Sep 24, 2018
Heaving fringe event for Stop the War coalition with Chris Williamson, Andrew Murray, Owen Jones, Richard Burgon and more. Free wine and sandwiches may have helped. #lab18
Chris Williamson kicks off by saying Jeremy Corbyn is the best leader Labour has ever had and he’ll be the best British prime minister ever. Predicts his government will surpass the achievements of Attlee. #lab18
Chris Williamson attacks Denis Healey for going to the IMF in 1976 and having to cut public services as a result. #lab18
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Sep 23, 2018
.@LenMcCluskey reveals he looked “pretty cool” in 1960s with hair down past his shoulder. He saw The Beatles live in the Cavern Club and is now a big fan of Oasis. #LabourConference2018 #Britain2022L
McCluskey says he was hoping for a “damage limitation” in the 2017 election. Instead he wooped, enjoyed many beers and a good celebration. #Britain2022L #LabourConference2018
McCluskey says there will be a “vibrant” debate on Tuesday about a “very fluid” issue (Brexit). He’s not sounding supportive of a People’s Vote, doesn’t think there’s been a great shift in opinions. #Britain2022L #LabourConference2018
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Sep 18, 2018
Some thoughts on the Migration Advisory Committee's report:

#1: It's a sensible, evidence-based liberal approach to post-Brexit migration. By arguing for clamping down on low-skilled migration it speaks to Brexit voters. But it also gives businesses what they are crying out for
#2: For years employers have called for scrapping of the Tier 2 visa cap for high-skilled migration - as has the @FinancialTimes. The MAC endorses this, ergo a policy shift away from fixed migration targets.
#3: The MAC has been very careful to state that its proposals do not take account of politics and trade talks. Hard fact is that migration will be a key part of any trade deals the UK strikes - including with the EU. So the theory is great, but what about the realpolitik?
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Sep 10, 2018
Tend to think this is bang on. We are heading towards a Blind Brexit: the UK signs a withdrawal agreement that hands over £39bn, agrees to a two year stand still transition.

But all of the major decisions are kicked into the long grass (yet again) to after March 2019.
Ardent Brexiters will be angry at the lack of specifics in the future relationship declaration - "a transition to nowhere" as one put it to me. But they also see the clear risk of no Brexit. So they will be minded to accept the blindfold route and hope to toughen it up post May.
And of course Theresa May is going to have accept an Irish backstop in the WA. Selling it to Tories/DUP will be very tough. But there is scant chance of any deal without one. What exactly that backstop consists of is where the Brexit debate is heading next.
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