Tony Blair's conference address failed to woo some of his left-wing MPs and fiercest critics, although party loyalists claimed it will help unite the party.
Not everyone was pleased with the speech
Medway Labour MP Bob Marshall-Andrews, a critic of the government on some issues, said: "I'm sorry to say that I found the speech rather embarrassing."
Theresa May, Conservative party chairman, said the speech had opened up the "divisions" between Mr Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown "for all to see".
But Lord Hattersley, a former Labour deputy leader and one of Mr Blair's harshest critics, said the address was "conciliatory" and had been "the right speech for the occasion".
"What we wanted today, and what I think we got, was a speech that demonstrated
that he had a fellow-feeling with party members," he said.
"What he said about public services and
public service workers was right. We wanted a speech that would heal some of the wounds and I hope that that
is what has happened."
But anti-war campaigner Alice Mahon, MP for Halifax, said: "I was very
disappointed. He offered no change on university fees, on foundation hospitals
or on the war.
"That might be all right here in the goldfish bowl, but when I go out on the
doorsteps out there in the real world, these things are deeply unpopular."
Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, complained that Iraq only "merited" three minutes and "no answers" were given on weapons of mass destruction.
He said Mr Blair seemed to think "he is not for turning" on university fees or foundation
hospitals. "He has got to understand that the public need him to turn," he said.
Mr Marshall-Andrews added: "Our leader's tendency towards schmaltz was well represented in that speech,
and a great deal of it was completely inaccurate and not dealing with the real
"How can you claim to be improving educational opportunity by introducing
top-up fees or improving health care with foundation hospitals or access to the
courts by abolishing civil legal aid? It seems to me to be unbelievable."
Mrs May said Mr Blair had used his speech to "shore up support in his own party".
"He made the usual appeal for more time and asked people to trust him again. But we've heard this all before. After 60 tax rises and endless broken promises, people know that Labour are simply taxing, spending and failing."
Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said: "Tony Blair says that there is 'no turning back', but this speech shows he is turning his back on the British people.
"The prime minister seems to believe that listening to people's concern is to
retreat. It is not. Tony Blair should lecture less and listen more."
Kevin Curran, general secretary of the GMB, argued that "it was not a speech that gave us a radical vision for the future".
Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said it was a "downbeat" speech.
"Unions represent seven million working people and it's about time this
government starting reconnecting with their supporters."
Derek Simpson, general secretary of Amicus, said the Labour party should be "proud and pleased" to have a leader like Mr Blair.
"The inspiration provided by the prime minister should carry us forward, but
it is important to see things happen rather than just said."
Sir Bill Morris, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union,
said Mr Blair had made a "significant start" in winning the party back, but
the job had not been completed.
Andy Gilchrist, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said he believed
Mr Blair now understood the message that he had not been listening to the wider
labour movement, but he added: "We want to see action, not just words."
Europe Minister Denis MacShane said: "I thought the standing ovation at the end, which is the longest of any I've seen for a Labour party leader in 30 years, was a very clear message coming from the party to the media and our critics - that yes, we've got problems, but we are uniting around the government of Tony Blair.
"There was no attempt to please, to smooth, to touch the G-spots of Labour, it was an extraordinary speech of crystalline leadership and it was addressed to the country."
Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw said: "I thought it was a good speech ... This isn't a party that is in the mood for self indulgent talk about leadership, but is already focusing on delivering our public sector reforms."
Digby Jones, director general of the Confederation of British Industry, said: "Business will be pleased to hear that there is no turning back on the
much-needed change and reform in the delivery of more bang for the taxpayer's
Kate Hudson, chairwoman of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said she was
"very disappointed" that Mr Blair sought to justify the war on