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“Power, Jeremy, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power, power.”

Thirty-eight. That’s how many times Sadiq Khan mentioned the word “power” in his speech at Labour conference. There were a few extra synonyms – “Labour government”, “in government” – so I think he made clear what he wanted to talk about.

The message was both a rebuke and a declaration. A rebuke, because with every utteration of the word, Khan was delivering a verbal slap to every Corbynite who says that power doesn’t matter and that they aren’t interested in winning. A declaration in that he was unsubtly reminding his party that while Corbyn may be their re-elected leader, it is he, the London Mayor, who is actually Labour’s most senior governing figure.

What of his party leader? Well, he did get one mention – at the start, in a brief congratulatory line about the result of the leadership election. But after that, nothing. Khan was emphatic about his wish to return Labour to power, but was very careful not to name the Labour Prime Minister he had in mind.

Should Corbyn not make the cut, of course, an alternative would have to be found. The London Mayor didn’t name anyone in particular, but it seems pretty clear that they would have to be a senior, elected politician, who knows something about power… Whoever might he have in mind?

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