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Astragal went to sample the freezing breeze and seaside atmosphere of the Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. The RIBA and the Institution of Civil Engineers held a joint party to discuss the way forward for PFI in the aptly-named Quality Hotel, on the town's trendy West Street.

RIBA president Jack Pringle and Lord Warner (Minister of State for NHS Delivery), both gave rousing speeches.

Sunand Prasad discussed his disappointment at the attendance of CABE's earlier gig, a result, presumably, of the event lacking any discharged hecklers to raise its profile. The remains of the shindig held by the Fabian Society lay evident just up the corridor from the RIBA's party. It seems the Fabians had moved on from their own do to the RIBA event pretty sharpish, like a group of nomadic party scavengers. How Astragal approves.

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