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Does Cameron have the X-Factor?

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cameron_brighton  David Cameron was not the only young contender appearing in Brighton this weekend. While the Conservative leader was addressing activists in a seafront hotel, the fresh young faces  from the latest series of the X-Factor were tuning up for a tour date at the Conference Centre a couple of doors along the road.

Cameron is of course engaged in his own struggle for public affection with Gordon Brown and Labour. And what had looked at one stage like a coronation has now turned into a battle royal for the crown.

The Conservative gathering was billed as the “spring forum”, but that definition seemed a little premature when I woke up on Sunday to the sound of icy rain hammering against the hotel window pane.

 The Sunday Times headline “Brown on course to win election” did little to lighten the mood of party delegates over breakfast.

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