Alongside the national launch of Labour's pledges in Nottingham today, the Stengthen Fairness in Communities Pledge was launched in Birmingham with party members from across the West Midlands joining in a day of discussion with Alan Johnson and David Miliband. Nice to see politicians looking relaxed and happy - a really upbeat mood. Only downside - pledges are better when they are tighter and more specific. What we shouldn't do is see them as the equivalent of the pledges in 1997 that were drummed into us by the Prescott battle bus. They are however sensible themes that help us get a consistent message about Labour's priorities, and a more consistent narrative. Even Alan Johnson agreed with me! A consistent narrative is something we've needed for the last few years. An upbeat day.
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