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Sunday, September 26, 1999 Published at 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK

UK Politics

Labour unveils its new star

Star turn: Tony Blair on the podium in Bournemouth

The Labour Party conference in Bournemouth has opened to unveil a new logo to decorate the wall behind speakers on the stage.

A yellow and gold star logo graces the backdrop this year, in place of the usual red rose.

But the party insisted it had not ditched the traditional rose - a move touted in the media in recent months.

As the conference got underway, a party spokesman insisted: "The rose is not dead.

"We have a centenary logo but the rose is our symbol, it remains our symbol.

"We have not got a problem with the symbol."

But the star would help the party look toward the future, according to party sources.

On a red and white backdrop, it occupies a swathe of the backdrop and will feature often on television news bulletins and photographs.

One source was quoted as saying: "It's about future dreams and hopes."

It was apparently designed with the centenary anniversary of the Labour Party, which is being celebrated by the party both this year and next, specifically in mind.

"This is the conference before that anniversary so we are celebrating our centenary here," a source said.

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