IT’S become a bit of a tradition of conference season, a team-on-tour photo for the New Journal. I’m not offended by their judgment of my photography skills but this year the local Labour group decided to organise and take it themselves. Robert Latham, after all, has a big camera and takes crisp, clear photos, as you will see below.
What you might also notice is that somehow this year’s line-up missed the leader of the gang, Sarah Hayward, who probably should be down the front there with Frank Dobson and parliamentary candidate Tulip Siddiq. It’s a curious thing that Robert, a supporter of Sir Keir Starmer’s selection campaign, was left taking a photo of the squad at the very time she was speaking at a fringe meeting.
There are plenty of Sarah supporters in the picture, but not the woman herself. Some will already have guessed the sums that are going on behind the scenes about all of this, but no doubt it will all be explained as organisational mishap of which me must not read too much.