Labour is pining for power. Its members are brooding, languishing even, despite their strong performance in the polls.
There is a strange atmosphere among the delegates gathering in Manchester this year. Labour is a party grown accustomed to government after 13 years in government, and now feels like a shadow of its former self. The party's internal tensions have not been resolved, and they seem stuck with a leader who does the job - but does not electrify them. Life in opposition is hard work.
Continuing our series of conference reports, Alex Stevenson has been talking to party delegates to get a sense of the mood. This podcast features interviews with the outgoing TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber; the New Statesman's political editor, Rafael Behr; pollster Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos Mori; and Natan Doror, a senior researcher at the Fabian Society. It also features interviews with party members including Geoff Beacon from York, Ibrar Hussain from Sheffield, Dilys Fletcher from Oldham, David Sandford from Folkestone and Richard Umpleby from Stalybridge.
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