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banner Monday, 1 October, 2001, 07:10 GMT 08:10 UK
Labour conference 2001 - audio and video
Tony Blair MP addressing the Labour party conference, in Brighton, October 2001
The Labour Party's annual gathering was cut short to allow for the recall of parliament. The crisis following the terror attacks on New York and Washington dominated the conference mood which was far more subdued and serious than normal. Here BBC News Online brings you analysis of the main issues covered.

Wednesday 3 October
UK hate crime laws tightened

Home Secretary David Blunkett
Home Secretary David Blunkett announces the new measures

The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, has announced a sweeping overhaul of the asylum system. Work permits will be introduced with a fast track system put in place for those with skills in high demand. Speaking to the Labour conference in Brighton, he also said the law on incitement would be widened.

The BBC's John Pienaar reports

Tuesday 2 October
Blair rallies Labour faithful

Tony Blair MP, at the Labour Conference in Brighton
Tony Blair: a wide ranging and well received speech

Tony Blair delivered a stern warning to the Taleban and a clear message that Britian would support American military action in Afghanistan. But his speech also touched on numerous other subjects from African poverty to the future of Britain's public services.

Click here to watch Tony Blair's speech in full

"Europe is not a threat to Britain. Europe is an opportunity."

"The state of Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world."

"The real fight is between those who believe in strong public services and those who don't."

Click here to watch the BBC's Political Editor, Andrew Marr's report on the day's events

Benn warns against unilateral action

Mr Benn received a standing ovation
Mr Benn received a standing ovation

Labour veteran Tony Benn told the party conference any military action must be authorised by the UN Security Council and not taken unilaterally. Mr Benn received a standing ovation from delegates for what he said was "probably his last speech" to conference.

Click here to watch Tony Benn's speech

Monday 1 October
Brown clamps down on terrorist funds

Gordon Brown paid tribute to Tony Blair
Gordon Brown at the Labour conference in Brighton

The government says it has frozen more than 60m of UK-based assets which have been linked to the Taleban regime in Afghanistan. Chancellor Gordon Brown told the Labour party conference that tough sanctions would be introduced to enable the government to seize funds.

Click here for Jon Pienaar's report on the day's events

Click here to watch the chancellor's speech

Sunday 30 September
Conference opens amid tight security

Peace demonstators on the streets outside the conference
Peace protestors marched outside the conference as delegates held a two minute silence
The first day of the Labour Party conference at Brighton was overshadowed by the attacks on New York and Washington. The conference has been cut short; security has been tightened and delegates observed a two-minute silence, in memory of the victims. Outside the conference, a thousand peace protesters marched through Brighton.

The BBC's John Pienaar reports

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