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Labour

This September, Labour gathers for its annual conference in Liverpool. The party will be trying to prove itself as an effective government-in-waiting, set in stark contrast to a Conservative government in chaos and riven with division.

Last year's conference in Brighton was a festival of optimism, celebration and even unity after unexpected gains were made at the general election. But in the aftermath of increasingly public rows over Europe and and anti-Semitism, coupled with the fact that the party has failed to take a significant lead in the polls despite the obvious mishandling of Brexit negotiations, a flatlining economy and a brutally divided Tory party, will the united front last?

As usual, the New Statesman and our partners offer a full programme of essential fringe events with some of the leading figures from the opposition front bench and beyond in the secure zone of the conference centre.