Just for the record
I can't be bothered to rebut everything ignorant Guardian/Compass hack John Harris writes about a Labour Party he appears to have learnt nothing about since campaigning against its re-election in 2005.
But this article - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/27/labourconference-labour - contains a lie: "It's rumoured that this year, the vast majority of constituency parties haven't bothered sending a delegate (according to some whispers, as few as 100 may have someone here)."
London has I think 72 CLPs. I know from a report given to the Party's Regional Board that just those 72 are sending over 90 voting delegates and over 750 visitors (councillors and other activists without voting rights) - one of the best turnouts ever from the region. Only a couple of London CLPs are not represented. OK other regions have weaker activist bases and further to travel, but Harris' "whisper" would imply only 30 non-London CLPs were there, when just counting the speakers on conference floor or looking in on any of the regional delegates' briefings or receptions would show this to be nonsense.
Mr Harris, you are too lazy a checker of facts to deserve the title "journalist". Nor are you a political activist in any meaningful sense. You are just a peddler of second-hand anti-Labour lies.