If this is Labour's so-called "fightback", then it looks like the bout is going to end in the first round with a knockout win to the Conservatives. The hall really is half empty and the local Brighton people have clearly not been persuaded to take up Labour's
bribe offer of free tickets. They may have tried to spread their audience around the auditorium to try and help the overall appearance but the empty seats are still glaringly obvious - there are nearly as many people on the stage as there are in the front row. You really would need to have a heart of stone not to laugh - things can only get better!