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Conferences 2002 Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK
Clapping and carping by the seaside
BBC News Online political correspondent Nick Assinder assesses how the party conference season has changed the political climate.
Tony Blair Blair promises to be bolder
Tony Blair tells Labour conference delegates his government is at a crossroads and must now radically speed up reforms.
Iain and Betsy Duncan Smith Duncan Smith: The Tories are back
Iain Duncan Smith closes the Conservative conference by telling members the party had begun "the slow, hard road back to power".
Kennedy sounds election battle cry
Charles Kennedy uses his party conference speech to claim the next general election will be fought between Labour and his Liberal Democrats.
John Swinney Nationalists 'ready to govern'
SNP leader John Swinney promises shorter NHS waiting lists, safer streets and better schools at his party's conference.
Saddam Hussein Plaid votes against war on Iraq
Plaid Cymru members at the party's conference at Llandudno are united in their opposition to military action against Saddam Hussein.
Theresa May Quotas an option for Tories - May
Conservative party chairman Theresa May tells BBC News Online how she plans to breathe new life into the party by recruiting more women.
Blair's hit or miss request show
The venue better suited a Seventies DJ but did Tony Blair's Iraq policy prove a hit or a miss in his sessions with young Labour activists?

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Jack Straw
Your questions to UK foreign secretary

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Tory future
Theresa May took your questions

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Education spokesman, Phil WillisLib Dems
Phil Willis answered your questions

BBC News Online exams the diversity of footwear on show at the Conservative Party conference following chairman Theresa May's appearance in sexy kitten heels.
Spotlight on Tory soles

Bill's seaside show

Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith knew his end of conference speech was a crucial test
Tory terminator?

Downing Street's policy unit is more likely to have been responsible for ordering the down grading of A level exam results than Estelle Morris, a former Labour education secretary has claimed.
Word from the wise

BBC political correspondent Nicholas Jones recalls the highs and lows of 30 years spent covering party political conferences.
Conference memories

Your leaders' speeches

Would-be Lib Dem women candidates are given top tips on how to create the best impression.
Dressing to impress

Ann Widdecombe tells BBC News Online how her novel is outselling Edwina Currie's Diary in an exclusive video diary.
Ann's video view

Who says we're nasty?

Prime Minister Tony Blair escaped a conference mauling and moved further away from his old party
Blackpool turning point

Labour and the Conservatives have squared up to each other over the future of the NHS. BBC News Online examines the policies.
Fighting over the NHS


All in a name?
Calls for the Tories to change their name

Tony Blair is attempting to 'boldly' go where no man has been before, a language expert claims.Soft soap?
Our language expert analyses Blair's big speech

Party cheer
Lib Dem delegates hail Kennedy speech

Norris speaks
Former minister answers your questions

Peter Mandelson gives the real reason for joining the Communists and talks about being At the fringe
Peter Mandelson on his communist party past

Video age
Tories welcome new chance to have their say

Call for reform
Why Matthew Taylor thinks his job stinks

Environment minister Michael Meacher has taken a swim off Blackpool beach to show that the waters are now clean.In the deep end
Michael Meacher takes a dip in Blackpool sea

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