Fighting Fit: Labour Party Conference

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BROWNIE POINTS: The Prime Minister portrays himself as serious and strong

Britons have a reputation for drinking and fighting and talking about the weather. The annual conferences of Britain's three largest political parties traditionally provide ample opportunity to indulge in all three pursuits. They take place in sequential weeks of September and October, mostly in out-of-season resorts where the cheap hotels are accustomed to tipsy guests, and amusement arcades are open from morning to night.

But some members of the governing Labour Party, which convened on Sept. 23-27 in Bournemouth, a town on England's southwest coast, are disappointed. Drink was taken in copious quantities, and the weather put on...

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