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Labour conference at-a-glance
All you need to know about day three of the Labour conference 2006:

TODAY AT CONFERENCE

Tony Blair is likely to stay as prime minister longer than some had expected, Education Secretary Alan Johnson said

Former American President Bill Clinton has warned that Labour's biggest problem is that people take its achievements for granted.

Striking health workers are attempting to gain support at the Labour Party conference in their bid to block the outsourcing of the NHS supply agency.

Ex-Downing Street aide Jon Cruddas has confirmed he will run for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party, if and when a vacancy arises.

Newly declared deputy leadership challenger Jon Cruddas tells an evening fringe meeting he cannot look his constituents in the face and tell them things have got better under Labour.

Poverty campaigner Bob Geldof urges Gordon Brown to stump up 400m in new money to help developing countries.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone tells how Thames Water poured cold water on his plan to change toilet habits.

People "should be scared" about global warming - and be ready to take action to help tackle the problem, says Environment Secretary David Miliband.

The Labour leadership has suffered a defeat as delegates backed a motion calling for more money for council houses "as a matter of urgency".

Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander said he wants to end the "free-for-all" situation in some areas of the UK and give local authorities more power over deregulated bus services.

LEADERSHIP WATCH

All the latest news on the race to be Labour's next leader and deputy leader.

Labour backbencher Jon Cruddas has confirmed that he will stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party if and when there is a vacancy. He had been known to have been considering such a move.

Environment Secretary David Miliband has all-but ruled out a leadership bid, giving his backing to Gordon Brown, who he says would make an excellent PM.

Alan Johnson told BBC Breakfast he was not going to talk about the leadership this week - just concentrate on the issues.

Work and Pensions secretary John Hutton has refused to rule out challenging for the leadership, telling the Today programme "I'm not answering that question yet".

Another potential leadership challenger, Alan Milburn, also refused to rule out a bid, telling a fringe meeting he wanted to talk about issues rather than personalities. He said too many people had thrown their hats into the ring for the deputy leadership.

Jack Straw was teased about his deputy leadership ambitions at the same fringe meeting. He also wanted to talk about the issues, he said.

The two people who have declared an interest in the deputy's job, Harriet Harman and Peter Hain both pledged their undying loyalty to Gordon Brown at the same meeting and ruled out a bid for the top job.

CONFERENCE DIARY

Prize for the most poorly-attended fringe meeting must go to the Work Foundation, who invited the editor of The Idler magazine, Tom Hodgkinson, to speak about his campaign to bring back the three-day-week. Mr Hodgkinson spoke for half an hour to an audience of six. It seems nobody else could be bothered to turn up...

Bob Geldof has done what only Bob Geldof could do and turned the conference hall air blue. His use of the F-word came during a particularly impassioned plea on behalf of the children of Africa. Needless to say it got a huge cheer.

Geldof and Gordon Brown make an unlikely duo, but the sober Scot and the loquacious Irishman were trading gags during their Q&A on development like a seasoned double act. "You are my mentor and you are my tormentor," quipped Brown. "We have now sent him on missionary work to the Tory party," he told delegates. "Women are not just changing Africa, they are changing Gordon," mused Geldof.

What a triumph of conference timing. The fringe meeting debating "Labour and the Lib Dems: do two tribes have to go to war?" was scheduled at the same time as the meeting looking at how to oppose Lib Dem councils. And Labour criticised the Lib Dems for saying different things to different people.

Poor Charles Clarke is obviously feeling the scars of government. "I don't know if I was ever young. I think former home secretaries are never young."

John Reid's no-show at a fringe event on Tuesday evening sparked a flurry of rumours he was preparing to throw his hat into the leadership ring. It's that kind of conference.

BEST OF THE BLOGS

Labour's bloggers are still basking in the afterglow of Tony Blair's emotional farewell speech.

"Delegates left the floor feeling motivated, excited, proud, and perhaps most importantly, like they were being led," writes Jonathan Roberts.

He will be a "tough act to follow," reckons Mr Roberts.

Julian Mott writes: "In the first two minutes of his speech he got in more jokes and got more laughs than Brown could get yesterday in 40 minutes. Brown comes over as someone who is good at his job and very clever. But can he connect with the voters?"

Alex Hilton, on Labour Home, takes a swipe at Labour leadership contender John McDonnell, claiming "players" on the left of the party are uncomfortable with his "unilateral" decision to challenge Gordon Brown.

On his own blog, Mr McDonnell flags up a profile in The Guardian, which claims the architects of New Labour - including Peter Mandelson - "never made any secret of their contempt for community activists and socialists such as McDonnell".

One poster on Labour Home, tribunite, suggests yet another possible leadership contender: John Denham, the respected chairman of the home affairs select committee who quit government over Iraq.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Bob Geldof and Gordon Brown
The Bob and Gordon show opens proceedings

QUOTES OF THE DAY
"I want to thank Tony Blair for his leadership, for his preservation of our old trans-Atlantic alliance through quite a lot of storm as well as occasional sunshine", Bill Clinton joins in with the farewells.


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