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The fringe mainstream at Corbyn's Labour

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>> Labour's leadership election has been decided but the battle for hearts and minds goes on. Jeremy Corbyn supporters stole in the limelight and the lectern at conference. It is his agenda to set. The dogma of Tony Blair's days now derided and thrust to the fringes. Here at the Basement Comedy Club, of all places, progress are movements supported by Tony Blair, are holding an event.
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I'm Reuters reporter Jacob Greaves at the labor party annual conference in Liverpool where those here are discussing how to reenergize center ground politics. Progress, say Blair, is the past. They have a new platform for the future. The problem is convincing labor members, especially when a surge in party sign ups has swung everything left.
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>> Yes, there's always a danger that being sensible is sometimes not very exciting. But I prefer to I always want the dreams that my politics is about fulfilling. And they have to be ones that are feasible, fundable, practicable, possible.>> These are somber times for Labour centrists. But elsewhere, it's a celebration.
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Corbyn's grassroots movement, Momentum, have helped him turn into the party's leader. On the conference fringes, they're making plans for the future.>> I think we're showcasing here what Momentum really is. Which is an open, broad, pluralist, diverse, innovative fun movement.>> But Corbyn's rise has also coincided with a febrile atmosphere and the party has at times spilled into allegations of abuse.
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>> A lot of the kind of vitriolic abuse online has been directed in particular at women, at black and ethnic minority MPs and gay MPs and the poor police in my area or the Metropolitan police in London sometimes, I think they're a bit bored with seeing me through all the death threats.
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>> Momentum say that has nothing to do with them.>> When you speak to MP, some do say that they feel they're in more of a hostile environment now than what you've been.>> This is not a small infiltrating sect coming in to the Labor party. This is like a whole new way of operating.
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>> The official message at this conference is one of unity, but with one side in the ascendency, it's equally clear on who's terms that will be.