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At-a-glance: Labour conference

All you need to know about Day Two at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

CONFERENCE CATCH-UP

British history should be rewritten to make it "more inclusive", says Trevor Phillips, the head of the new human rights and equality commission.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband pledges to "learn the right lessons" from the "successes and the scars" of the Tony Blair years.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson fleshes out the pledge to tailor a personal health service for the 21st century in his keynote conference speech.

A showdown between the unions and Labour leadership over closure plans for factories employing disabled people appears to have been averted.

The 17-year-old granddaughter of Labour veteran Tony Benn is to contest a seat in the next general election.

Unions urge the government to tackle "the abuse" of thousands of migrants heading for work in the UK.

The government should learn from the Liberal Democrats and look at more ways to tax Britain's top earners, Treasury Minister Angela Eagle says.

The Taleban "will need to be involved" at some stage with a peace process in Afghanistan, UK Defence Secretary Des Browne has said.

Gordon Brown says he is a conviction politician who wants to "defend and extend" British values, in his first speech as leader to the Labour party conference.

The prime minister said he could overturn the recent law allowing pubs in England and Wales to open 24 hours a day.

Gordon Brown promises to double the number of "eco-towns" to be built across the UK from five to 10.

Union leaders backed away from a showdown with Gordon Brown because they did not want to ruin his first Labour conference as leader, it has emerged.

Tony Benn has made an impassioned plea to Gordon Brown to give the British people a referendum on the EU treaty.

Jon Cruddas has attacked Immigration Minister Liam Byrne over his "extraordinary" response to Lib Dem calls for an illegal migrant amnesty.

Some 10,000 volunteer sports coaches are to be recruited by the government to teach new skills to youngsters.

Gordon Brown uses his own experience of the NHS when he almost lost his sight to explain why he is a strong believer in the health service.

The prime minister also promises a personal tutor for every secondary school pupil.

Labour's leadership wins backing for changes to voting rules at conference after an expected showdown with the unions failed to materialise.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw warns lawyers that legal aid bills have to come down.

Tory defector Quentin Davies urges other MPs to "take the plunge" and join Labour.

The lack of women councillors across Britain is a "disgrace", Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has said.

Chancellor Alistair Darling says there are "lessons to be learnt" following the Northern Rock bank crisis.

Labour is ready to fight a general election campaign - whenever it comes, says Douglas Alexander.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

TUESDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER

Theme: Health and international

0900 - 1245
Policy seminars: Britain and the world, health and education
TUC speaker
Speech: Alan Johnson
Q&A

1415 - 1730
Britain in the world: David Miliband
Q&A: Des Browne and Douglas Alexander
NEC Treasurer's report
NEC Auditor's report
Rule changes
Prosperity and work: John Hutton and Peter Hain

CONFERENCE DIARY

  • It's proving to be an emotional week for former Labour leader Lord Kinnock. Not only did he shed a quiet tear during Gordon Brown's big speech, he got so fired up about the Tories at a fringe meeting he turned the air a most unsocialist shade of blue. Explaining why he wanted Labour to secure a fourth term Lord Kinnock said: "I want to do that to grind the bastards into dust."

  • Tony Benn says he was alarmed to discover there is no bookstore at this year's conference - claiming the only book on sale is Alastair Campbell's Diaries. When he asked for The Blair Years at his local bookshop they had no idea what he was talking about, the veteran left winger told a fringe meeting. "The assistant said how do you spell Blair?. That says it all..."

  • He once boasted that he liked to get up to the Arctic Monkeys, but at his first conference as Labour leader, Gordon Brown showed he had an even more eclectic taste in music. As delegates jostled for seats to hear his speech, loud speakers played out hits from the past three decades. Among the discs on DJ Brown's turntable were: Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough"; Republica's "Ready to Go"; Climie Fisher's "Love Changes Everything"; Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" and Sam and Dave's "Soul Man". After an address that had some delegates dabbing their eyes, others dancing, the rocking PM left the stage with his wife Sarah to Reef's toe-tapping finale "Put Your Hands On".

  • It could have been a trick of the light, but just as Gordon Brown was about to praise the contribution made by his predecessor Tony Blair, it appeared he had blood on his lower lip. The prime minister seemed not to notice that he may have hurt himself and continued his speech with additional tributes to another Labour leader, Neil Kinnock.

  • Former deputy prime minister John Prescott gave his backing to Gordon Brown's wife Sarah over her battles to keep her hair nice. Having once been stung by press criticism when he and wife Pauline were driven a few hundred yards from their hotel to the conference centre, he defended the Browns' decision to do the same. Mr Prescott said: "Poor old Sarah... A woman wants to come to this conference and feel proud and confident for the party, and yet she doesn't find much sympathy from the women journalists... You all [journalists] will be watching to see who gets in a car and who doesn't get in a car. That's all you do in politics, you guys, from time to time."

    FRINGE ROUND-UP

    MPs SPLIT OVER ELECTION DATE: Chief Secretary to the Treasury Andy Burnham told a Progress fringe meeting: "Personally I would prefer a general election next year". Mr Burnham said although Labour was doing well in the polls particularly in London, the Tories had pumped an unprecedented amount of resources into marginal constituencies. He said the party was ready to fight an election and would win it whenever it was called, but warned of the danger of seeing the "Tories as a spent force." Kitty Ussher MP was more forceful and said David Cameron was a "loser and lets bring it on." Stephen Twigg said that the party had to show it had real momentum before "confining Cameron to the dustbin of political history." An interesting footnote the other panelist the pollster Deborah Mattinson, of Opinion Leader Research, whose private polling for Labour has sparked much of the current election speculation, pulled out of the event at the last minute. Jo Coburn

    NATIONAL DEBATE CALL ON ROAD PRICING: Transport Minister Rosie Winterton said she wanted a national debate on whether road pricing was forcing people off the roads and on to public transport. "If we continue with the increase in car use and road use that we have at the moment, we would be talking about something like 5bn worth of investment in our roads, " she said. "Frankly, that does lead us to the conclusion that the status quo is not an option." Jackie Storer

    GOVERNMENT 'EXPECTED BLUETONGUE': The government was expecting the arrival of bluetongue disease in Britain, it has emerged. Speaking at a Labour fringe meeting, agriculture minister Lord Rooker told a fringe meeting ministers had been preparing for the possibility for some time. Officials had even mapped out possible dates in the summer when conditions would be just right for midges carrying the disease, he said.

    BLAIR-BROWN HANDOVER 'WITHOUT BITTERNESS': One of Tony Blair's closest allies has been praising Gordon Brown's "maturity" and "strength" since taking over as prime minister. Former Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson told a fringe meeting the changeover had taken place "without bitterness", with Mr Brown maintaining much of the policy agenda set out by his predecessor. Jo Coburn

    PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Gordon Brown
    Gordon Brown prepares to deliver his big speech

    QUOTE OF THE DAY

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    Gordon Brown on his new job.






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