THE Labour conference – and here’s a mini-spat at a fringe meeting organised by the Fabian Society on Monday. It was supposed to be a discussion on how Labour and Lib Dems might work together in the future, but largely ended up with Emily Thornberry explaining why she has contempt for the party that almost ousted her from Islington South. From the floor, Camden Labour councillor Jonathan Simpson said Lib Dems use ‘race’ and ‘sexuality’ in election campaigns ‘time and again’. John Leech, a Lib Dem MP in Manchester, on the panel branded the claims as ‘simply not true’ and ‘pathetic’.
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