Labour in Manchester: The team photo

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.



9 Comments on Labour in Manchester: The team photo

  1. Keith Moffitt // September 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm //

    That jacket could spark a rumour about Tulip defecting!

  2. Robert Latham // September 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm //

    Should I reply?


  3. Keith Moffitt // September 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm //

    What is it you’re considering reply about Robert – leaving Sarah out of the pic or Tulip’s sunshine yellow jacket?!

  4. Robert Latham // September 28, 2014 at 10:12 am //

    Sorry for the delay, but I wanted to check the facts. Always a good thing.

    Last night, I turned the TV on at 20.30. Despite his manifest virtues, Frank wasn’t the Time Lord. Rather, it’s that bloke, Malcolm Tucker whom Theo has seen as such a role model.

    I thought that Tucker was great. So Theo, if you are thinking of change of role, you could well do worse.

    Paul, great to see you at the Euston Alternative Option Working Group on Thursday. Perhaps we should seek cameo roles as the Time Lord drives the HS2 Daleks back to Old Oak Common. Projecting the “additional provisions” into the future and after the General Election should surely give us hope (?).

    Keith, I don’t care a damn whether it is red or yellow. It the strength of the character of the individual, rather than the colour of their dress, that really matters to me.

    But, back to the issue. On Tuesday, Frank arrived at Manchester Piccadilly at 12.00. No Time Lord, no way he could get to the Conference Centre by 11.00.

    Frank was the star of the picture as he was attending his last Conference as a leading Labour Party representative in Camden.

    Surely the CNJ are not suggesting that anyone else fell within that category?

  5. Robert Latham // October 9, 2014 at 9:32 am //


    Congratulations on being shortlisted for Digital Journalist of the Year.

    Well deserved!



    What will you do now the conference season is over?

    • Richard Osley // October 9, 2014 at 9:35 am //

      Holborn and St Pancras selection contest, general election, who knows a King’s Cross council ward by-election?

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