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Labour leadersbite the ballot

It was a Labour Party with its back against the wall that gathered in Brighton for its annual conference last week.

They rolled out star after star exhorting the virtues of Labour and the evils of the Tories. The delegates showed their enthusiasm, giving frequent standing ovations.

But it wasn&#39t all rosy. The Government refused to restore the pension earnings&#39 link despite a 60 per cent conference vote for the link.

Away from the main hall with all its Labour propaganda, the anger that some people felt was obvious.

Pensioners who felt betrayed got into a shouting match with pensions minister Jeff Rooker at a fringe meeting.

ABI director general Mary Francis challenged the Treasury to get out of the business of developing financial products.

IFA issues did not grab many headlines, what with more important topics such as whether or not Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson still like each other. Tony Blair finally admitted the Dome is a failure, maybehe should admit his party&#39s love for business is something of a joke too.

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