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Rory's standing ovation

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Uploaded on Sep 26, 2011

A 16-year-old from Maidstone stole the show at the Labour Party conference achieving what many shadow cabinet ministers hoped for and winning a standing ovation from thousands of activists.

In scenes reminiscent of a teenage William Hague addressing the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool in front of Margaret Thatcher in 1977, Rory Weal impressed delegates with an impassioned speech that had Ed Miliband jumping to his feet to shake his hand.

Rory, who lives with his mother Elaine, a single mother and administrator at a cleaning company, and eight-year-old sister Emma, had the week off school to attend the Labour conference in Liverpool.

He is studying four A-Levels - English literature, geography, politics and history having gained seven A*s and four As in his GCSEs.

As he walked off the stage to a standing ovation, delegates came up to shake his hand and give him a pat on the back.

Speaking afterwards, he said: "I think a lot of my friends are quite angry at what this Government is doing with tuition fees. It's important to get more young people involved."

Rory, who only joined the party after the last general election, said he did not know what he wanted to do after school but added he would "quite like to go into politics in the future".

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