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At-a-glance: Labour conference

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

CONFERENCE CATCH-UP

Home Office Security Minister Tony McNulty has admitted the government made mistakes in response to the 7 July 2005 bomb attacks in London.

Mariella Frostrup, not normally known as a pushover, seemed to come over all unnecessary when she hosted a question-and-answer session with the prime minister at the Labour conference.

Education Secretary Ed Balls tells Labour's conference the exam system in England is to be put in the hands of an independent watchdog to counter criticism that GCSEs and A-levels are getting easier.

Ensuring equal pay for women is not about "political correctness" but "common decency", Women's minister Barbara Follett has insisted.

Labour treasurer Jack Dromey tells the party's conference he is confident it is ready for a general election, as he outlines the state of its finances.

Gordon Brown calls for a UN security council meeting on Wednesday on the crisis in Burma, saying "the whole world is now watching".

Lord Tebbit says Gordon Brown's move to be seen as "heir to Thatcher" shows his "political nous".

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith tells a fringe meeting the time has come to look again at extending the 28-day limit on holding terrorism suspects.

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.

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.

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.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER

Theme: Education

0945 - 1245:
European Labour Party fraternal speaker
Education and skills: Ed Balls and John Denham
Co-op speaker: Gareth Thomas
International guest speaker

1415 - 1730:
Parliamentary Q&A: Gordon Brown
Policy seminars:
Crime and justice
Citizenship and equalities
Housing, environment and rural affairs
Energy
Transport

CONFERENCE DIARY

Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw opts for the 'Sandy Shaw look'

  • It seems Ben Bradshaw likes to take a relaxed approach to the rigours of live broadcasting. The health minister kicked off his shoes as he spoke to the nation from the BBC's conference studios which, as ever, are located in a converted underground car park. "I always do it," says Mr Bradshaw. "It's the Sandy Shaw look."

  • "I'm a post-hedonist metropolitan", said culture secretary James Purnell at a fringe meeting on cultural identity. We don't know what it means either...

  • Cabinet Office Minister Ed Miliband says he has been the victim of media bias during the Labour party conference - as a result of Sky News' tongue-in-cheek game of Top Trumps. Under the rules, the broadcaster scores individual front benchers on charisma, looks and Parliamentary skills. Mr Miliband says he has not fared very well in comparison with his brother, David, the foreign secretary. At a fringe meeting he complained: "Not only do I lose in relation to parliamentary skills and charisma, but also in relation to looks - so I am outraged." And the news does not get any better. "We both lose to George Osborne (Tory shadow chancellor) on all of these characteristics, which is totally unbelievable."

  • Still with the Milibands, David was grilled by journalist Andrew Rawnsley on his university years at an Observer fringe. The Foreign Secretary was happy to own up to being a bit of a "square". Mr Miliband also reminded the meeting that he is the youngest occupant of the Foreign Office since David Owen, "and we all know what happened to him".

    FRINGE HIGHLIGHTS

    MINISTER BACKS GANGS EXIT STRATEGY At a fringe meeting to discuss gun and knife crime, the father of murdered 10 year old Damilola Taylor said people who get involved in offfences are disgruntled about things in society - and it's that society needs to address. Eighteen-year-old Lhamea Lall, the Youth Board Chair of Kids Count, talked of being bullied and receiving a death threat via her website. She said her school and the police didn't address either issue - and cash being spent on the Olympics should be spent on facilities for young people instead. Mike Jervis, from Defending Da Hood - a group which encourages mediation between rival gangs - said the authorities need to change their thinking on projects which discourage black-on-black violence. Home office minister Vernon Coaker said most young people are decent, and growing up in difficult times. He backed early intervention and exit strategies for those who want to leave gangs. Joanna Shin

    GOVERNMENT 'WILL HIT AID TARGETS' Douglas Alexander said he was flying to New York for two days of meeting with the UN and the Clinton Foundation on development goals. He said he was confident his international development department would get enough cash in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review to keep the UK on track to meet its target of 0.7% of gross national product spent on aid each year. He also criticised the Conservatives' recent policy commission report on development, saying many of the aid agencies who had praised were only doing so because they had contributed to it. He said the Tory report was "incoherent". Brian Wheeler

    PHOTO OF THE DAY

    Campaigners for an EU referendum spell out their message on Bournemouth beach
    Campaigners for an EU referendum spell out their message on Bournemouth beach

    QUOTE OF THE DAY

    While we've won the wars it's been harder to win the peace. The lesson is that while there are military victories there never is a military solution.

    David Miliband on the "second wave" of New Labour foreign policy.






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