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Saturday, 28 September, 2002, 20:58 GMT 21:58 UK
Conference speeches
BBC News Online provides coverage and analysis of all the major speeches and issues at the Labour party autumn conference in Blackpool.


John Prescott - Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott
Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott
John Prescott vigorously defends the use of private money to fund public services in his speech to the party conference. He describes public-private partnerships as long-standing party policy.



Gordon Brown - Chancellor
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown
The Chancellor mounts a pre-emptive strike against potential revolts over Iraq and using private money in public services. He says backing down over the Private Finance Initiative would mean breaking Labour's promises to the public.



Jack Straw - Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
The Foreign Secretary briefs the conference on the UK's foreign policy aims and gives an indication of progress so far on Iraq. Mr Straw will visit Iraq's neighbour, Iran, as part of a tour of Gulf states in the week after the Labour conference.



Tony Blair - Prime Minister
Tony Blair
The Prime Minister Tony Blair
Mr Blair delivers a stark warning on Iraq, saying the UK must stand ready for war. He also says the Labour party must be 'bolder' in achieving its goals. He says there will be a "great push forward" to revive schools and hospitals and reform the criminal justice system.



Estelle Morris - Education Secretary
Education Secretary Estelle Morris
Education Secretary Estelle Morris
Following the controversy over A-levels, the Education Secretary sets out her vision for delivering on the party's promises on education. She has faced calls from the Tories for her resignation over the row.



David Blunkett - Home Secretary
Home Secretary David Blunkett
Home Secretary David Blunkett
The Home Secretary tells delegates how his party intends to combat crime. He admits huge investment is needed to improve the custody system and calls for a partnership between lawyers, the public and the government to stamp out delays in cases at magistrates and crown courts.



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