DIARY: It’s hip, hip, hooray at Blackpool for Kellner

Peter Kellner, Observer columnist and new recruit to start-up public affairs consultancy Political Contact, is having problems working up enthusiasm for his 50th birthday.

Peter Kellner, Observer columnist and new recruit to start-up public

affairs consultancy Political Contact, is having problems working up

enthusiasm for his 50th birthday.



He’s not worried about getting old, it’s just that, yet again, he’s

spending it in Blackpool. For Peter’s birthday falls during the Labour

Party conference - which he is covering for Newsnight and the Observer.



‘Having failed in my campaign to get the Labour Party to change the date

of its conference, I’m going to have to change the date of my birthday,’

Kellner tells me.



It is something he has had to get used to. This is his twentieth Labour

conference. He recalls how, at his first conference, then-shadow

chancellor Denis Healey was about to fly out from Heathrow when

sterling crashed. Healey turned back and made his way to the conference

where he made a speech from the floor.



Little chance of a repeat performance from Gordon Brown, I daresay. But

then, that’s socialism for you.



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