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There was a time when the leader’s speech at a party’s annual dinner amounted to little more than giving heartfelt thanks to the committee and lukewarm thanks to the kitchen. In recent years, it has been transformed into an occasion of great importan

24th October, 2009

There was a time when the leader’s speech at a party’s annual dinner amounted to little more than giving heartfelt thanks to the committee and lukewarm thanks to the kitchen. In recent years, it has been transformed into an occasion of great importance.

With nearly all the people who matter in the party gathered together in one place and liberally lubricated, it is viewed by journalists as an opportunity to gauge...

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