Thursday, September 30, 1999 Published at 07:25 GMT 08:25 UK
Tories accuse Labour of 'class envy'
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The Conservatives have accused Labour of "class envy" after party activists booed music pupils from a private school at a conference fringe meeting in Bournemouth.
The pupils from Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth, aged 14 to 16, had played jazz to a gathering attended by Culture Secretary Chris Smith, aimed at highlighting social exclusion, on Monday night.
Delegates at the meeting booed when the name of the school was announced and it emerged it was in the independent sector.
"The girls were surprised and a little disappointed - it's not the normal reaction."
But Mr Robinson said the pupils had been "philosophical about it".
Mr Ancram said it was "a display of mean-minded socialism at its very worst."
He said: "It is the mentality of the schoolyard bully.
"It is a disgrace that Tony Blair allows his party members to vent their class envy on 14-year-old schoolgirls.
"After his disgraceful conference speech, does he think this is acceptable behaviour in his new moral society?"
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