It has to be an omen, it really does.
After a gloomy summer - economically, politically as well as weather-wise - suddenly in Manchester there's been a sea change. The Sun's been beating down, lifting spirits, albeit making some of the fringe events rather sweaty affairs.
This is my fourth Conference and my second in Manchester. Once upon a time, I would have had a relaxed time, moving around various training and fringe events, as well as listening to the key note speeches.
Not this time, however. As a prospective MEP I've been shuttling between events, and I'm also helping out as a volunteer staff member with Labour North - helping North East delegates negotiate conference as well as practicing a few of the dark arts....
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