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Six things we learned from Jo Swinson’s conference speech

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She stuck closely to her text, but read it fluently from the prompter. She comes across better from the platform than in interviews, where she often seems indignant and too eager to contradict her interviewer.

The speech was well written, with a few jokes and some good lines. She said of Boris Johnson: “He claims he can negotiate a Brexit deal in a month. I wouldn’t hold out much hope, yesterday he failed to negotiate where to have a press conference.”

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The speech was too long – but party leaders’ conference speeches usually are – but she gave the audience the uplift for which they came, bringing them to their feet early on with her declaration: “There is no limit to my ambition for our party – and today I am standing here as your candidate for prime minister.”

She attacked Johnson for being sexist: “Boris Johnson’s insults of choice are rather revealing. Big girl’s blouse, girly swot. But let me tell you........

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