Labour is 17 points ahead in the opinion polls, and seems on course for a general election victory next year. But the problems of success make it a vitally important party conference, and a big challenge for the party’s leader.
Success brings much greater scrutiny – from voters, the media and business. The party will need to defend its leader and its policies. Some Labour insiders felt that it didn’t respond well recently when the spotlight was thrown onto its long-standing plan to impose VAT on private schools.
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