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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

New generation: He didn't mean it literally, of course!

Ed Miliband wanted to clear up a point or two as he answered questions from Labour party activists in Manchester, 24 hours after his first leader's speech to conference.

The phrase 'new generation' had popped up again and again in his speech. Could it be Ed Miliband, the youngest of the three main party leaders, is turning his back on the elderly vote?

"It's not an ageism thing," he explained. "It's about an attitude of mind and an attitude of willingness to change."

Almost as if it had been pre-planned, the 77-year-old Doreen Chadwick of Collyhurst jumped up (well, not quite) to pledge her support.

"I am part of the new generation," she said, getting an enormous cheer. "It's not how old you are, it's what you do that counts."

If the setpiece keynote leader's speech is designed to address the country and grab the headlines, this Q and A session was the exact opposite. All the talk was of increasing party membership and other deadly dull topics.

Eddie Izzard was drafted in to provide some colour as the session's compere – and inspiration following his 43 marathons last year. "Humans can do way more than we think we can do" was the lesson he drew from his achievement. He struggled to enliven the audience, however, despite suggesting that Ed Miliband was less like Wallace and more like his furry friend.

"You're actually Gromit," Izzard said. "He's the really cool dog who builds a spacecraft that goes to the moon. He defeats an evil penguin."

"I think we should take some more questions," Ed Miliband replied. Izzard, ever the loyalist, obeyed.

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