What voters notice, dancing in Africa, and the Russians: Day 1 of my conference diary

One of the most telling parts of the research I do is hearing from voters which political stories have stayed in their minds from the last few weeks and months. Notably, one of the first things to be mentioned in all our focus groups this month was the Labour antisemitism row. This is significant because it is the sort of story that usually stays well inside the beltway. The fact that normal people with a limited appetite for politics raise it spontaneously is a bad sign, especially since it suggests to them not only the presence of unpleasant elements within the Labour Party but a colossal lack of leadership for allowing it to drag on for so long.

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