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Political tips for the top
Neil Kinnock
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Conference season is a great time for political talent-spotting.

Who's on the way up? Who's on the way down?

Who made a good fringe speech - or was seen having a quiet word with the leader?

And who was keeping a low profile after their latest policy speech was poorly received by the party faithful?

Baroness Shirley Williams
Steve Webb is a very impressive figure indeed
We asked former Labour leader Neil Kinnock, outgoing Lib Dem leader in the House of Lords, Baroness Williams, and Conservative former minister and London mayoral candidate, Steve Norris, who they thought were the names to watch in their parties.

Some were already well-known, established frontbench figures within their respective parties.

Steve Norris
Jonathan Djanogly: Older than he looks, enormously hard-working and focused

Some made keynote speeches during this year's conference season.

Others are just starting out on their parliamentary career but are, according to our panel, likely to take centre stage at future seaside gatherings.

Time will tell how accurate their predictions of political greatness turn out to be...





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