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Has Brown lost the Spring in his step?
Is the Labour Party going to regret not hosting a Spring Party Conference this year?
Yes, it is going to save them a lot of cash, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown has enough to worry about ahead of the G20 financial crisis summit in Britain in April.
Polls are indicating once again that the Conservatives are looking like red hot favourites to win the next election due by May 2010.
A weekend get together at the start of the year would have given Brown the chance to rally the Labour troops and reassure them about the tough road — and inevitable difficult election — ahead.
Instead, the party will have to wait until September for that morale-boosting pep talk.
Will it be too late for Labour by then?