As it happened: Miliband speech

Key points

  • Ed Miliband tells Labour delegates a "new bargain" is needed in society, to reward people with the "right values"
  • He says he wants Labour to "regain trust" on the economy but says the government's economic plan is wrong
  • Mr Miliband says the summer riots were "a terrible moment for Britain"
  • Delegates urge Labour to campaign for "media integrity" to be a priority, when future mergers are considered
  • Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis argues that journalism should be a licensed profession, with bad practitioners "struck off"

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  1.  
    0947:

    Welcome to our coverage of the third day of the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. This is Ed Miliband's big moment. He will be setting out his vision for Labour and the country in his second speech to the conference as opposition leader. He is expected to get to his feet at about 1430 BST.

     
  2.  
    BBC Radio 4 Today

    tweets: In today's speech, #Miliband 'has to be himself... Time to start looking at moral basis, of business, for instance' @pollytoynbee #Lab2011

     
  3.  
    0949:

    Mr Miliband's speech is expected to last about 45 minutes. We've been getting a flavour of what he is going to say in pre-released extracts. He will promise a "new bargain" in which "genuine" wealth creators and responsible citizens are rewarded as well as action to curb the "fast-buck culture".

     
  4.  
    0950:

    Ed Miliband is not expected to announce any new policies but will use his speech to call for changes to the welfare system and the way businesses are run. He will talk about tax incentives for companies that make a contribution through training and long-term investment.

     
  5.  
    0952:

    The BBC News Channel's chief political correspondent Norman Smith said that with Labour trailing the Conservatives in some polls, Mr Miliband was under pressure to make a "game-changing" speech.

     
  6.  
    BBC's Peter Henley

    tweets: Labour staff giving away "goodie bags" at entrance to #lab11 includes a magazine with a glowing interview with Nick Clegg #futurefriends?

     
  7.  
    Conservative MP Grant Shapps

    tweets: Ed Mili will say council housing to go to people who 'work hard & contribute' so perhaps Labour will now support our housing reforms! #lab11

     
  8.  
    0956:

    Before we hear from Ed Miliband, there is a full programme to get through this morning. Trades Union Congress general secretary Brendan Barber has been speaking, while the debate on phone hacking is likely to be well attended.

     
  9.  
    1001:

    TUC chief Brendan Barber says the loss of up to 3,000 jobs at aerospace firm BAE Systems is a "devasting body blow" for UK manufacturing. He calls for a 10-year growth plan for the economy.

     
  10.  
    1006:

    Ed Miliband looked happy enough ahead of his big speech, when he was collared by journalists this morning

    Ed Miliband
     
  11.  
    Adam Farrell

    tweets: Off to #Lab11 Ed has a big speech to make. Must prove to the public and some in the party that he is the right man to lead us into number 10

     
  12.  
    1011:

    The phone hacking debate has begun. Labour MP and anti-hacking campaigner Tom Watson makes a strong attack on BSkyB chairman James Murdoch. He says he is not a "fit and proper person" to lead a major broadcaster - adding that he would not put him on the board of an "ornamental garden" firm.

     
  13.  
    1016:

    Mark Lewis, the Dowler family's solicitor, is joined by Daily Telegraph journalist Mary Riddell, Tom Watson and Ivan Lewis - Labour's shadow culture secretary - on the panel at the phone hacking debate.

     
  14.  
    1017:

    Tom Watson says hacking victims deserve to know the whole truth, comparing their cause to the families who lost loved ones in the Hillsborough disaster. Both episodes were characterised by "police failures, newspapers out of control and politicians refusing to act", he adds.

     
  15.  
    1019:

    BBC political reporter Victoria King says that, at an IPPR fringe last night, former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis defended the multi-billion pound high speed rail line from London to the Midlands. But he admitted that as the man behind the project, it had made him unpopular. "I'm at the moment having to travel incognito through the Chilterns," he said.

     
  16.  
    Labour Party Member Craig Wright

    tweets: I'm wearing a red tie today #goodlucked #Lab11

     
  17.  
    1026:

    Labour is criticised for getting too close to Rupert Murdoch. Len McCluskey, the head of the Unite union, says the party "conspired" to consolidate his power and should feel an "element of shame" about this.

     
  18.  
    Labour MP Mary Creagh

    tweets: Electifying speech from @tom_watson at #lab11 on media regulation followed by standing ovation. Discussion now with Mary Riddell and lawyer.

     
  19.  
    Lib Dem Stephen Morgan

    tweets: I watched the video of the 16yr old speaking at #lab11. Isn't there a danger that he'd be a better leader than Ed Miliband?

     
  20.  
    1030:

    Telegraph journalist Mary Riddell says Rupert Murdoch and his colleagues have been allowed to feel they wield a power that they should not be allowed to exercise. Politicians from the right and left that allowed it to happen, she says.

     
  21.  
    1032:

    MP Chris Bryant gets a cheer when he says he was thrown out of a News International party last year. He continues to attack former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and the Met police's former investigation into hacking. It goes down well in the hall.

     
  22.  
    Tory Jack Hart

    tweets: I don't think Chris can entirely deny that Labour was chasing after Murdoch... #Lab11

     
  23.  
    1036:

    As if having read the last Twitter entry on our live page, Mr Bryant does not absolve his own party from blame over media scandals. "Not our finest moment," he says - saying the party should choose its bedfellows more carefully in future. There are cheers as he says it should be "no longer a creepy-crawly party to the media". The Rhondda MP also attacks David Cameron for hiring former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his spokesman.

     
  24.  
    NUJ official Lawrence Shaw

    tweets: Got #lab11 on office telly, looked up and saw my colleague Jenny Lennox waving a pink scarf trying to get called to speak!

     
  25.  
    MP for Slough Fiona Mactaggart

    tweets: @tom_watson got standing ovation at #Lab11 for critique of Murdoch, well deserved, rare If not teenager or leader

     
  26.  
    1040:

    Thorn in Ed's side? The TUC's Brendan Barber is keeping up the pressure on Labour to back unions' strike plans.

    Brendan Barber
     
  27.  
    1043:

    Business Secretary Vince Cable responds to the news of BAE job losses, which has caused anger among union delegates at the Labour conference. The Lib Dem minister says it will be a "serious knock" to those affected and his department has been in touch to "make sure that everything possible is done" to help those affected.

     
  28.  
    Tory Press HQ

    tweets: #lab11 subdued compared to yesterday. Reason: hangovers? Or t.co/VMwAj07M? Unfortunately for @Ed_Miliband only one is easily treated

     
  29.  
    1048:

    Policy vacuum? Ed Miliband's speech is expected to be more about Labour's "direction of travel" than specific promises.

    Cleaner at Labour conference
     
  30.  
    1052:

    Labour members are continuing to debate "creating strong and stable communities" - a few smiles from the audience as Londoner Alex Baker refers to a visit from a "suntanned Boris Johnson" during the riots. The Conservative mayor was criticised for not cancelling his family holiday as soon as the disorder began.

     
  31.  
    Lib Dem Daisy Cooper

    tweets: I really dislike political tribalism but I genuinely have no idea what labour stands for #Lab11

     
  32.  
    1056:

    Here's a round-up of what political bloggers are saying ahead of Ed Miliband's speech later

     
  33.  
    1059:

    Media glare: Deputy leader Harriet Harman arrives at the conference hall.

    Harriet Harman
     
  34.  
    1104:

    Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis is on the stage. He says the party had a "tortuous and complex" relationship with the Murdoch press. He pays tribute to Tom Watson, John Prescott and Chris Bryant for "exposing the phone hacking scandal" who get a round of applause from the audience.

     
  35.  
    1109:

    Ivan Lewis says Labour will bring forward tougher proposals for cross-media laws. He says there must be a free press - but the current system of regulation is "broken". There must be "like-for-like redress" - so when mistakes are made in front-page stories, the apology also goes on the front page. Journalists guilty of malpractice should be "struck off", he says.

     
  36.  
    Chief Political Commentator, Daily Express, Patrick O'Flynn

    tweets: Ivan Lewis putting on a fine display of jumping the shark #Lab11

     
  37.  
    1111:

    Mr Lewis says the party will stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster in demanding full access to all papers relating to the 1989 tragedy.

     
  38.  
    1113:

    Mr Lewis wraps up and is replaced by shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Angela Eagle, who is celebrating the third anniversary of her civil partnership today. Ms Eagle jokes that a speech at the conference is the best way to celebrate it.

     
  39.  
    1115:

    If you're interested in what Polly Toynbee and Phil Collins - Tony Blair's former adviser, not the singer of such hits as In the Air Tonight and Sussudio - had to say about what Ed Miliband should try to do in his speech later, here's the discussion from the Today programme

     
  40.  
    1116:

    In her speech Ms Eagle says these are "the darkest and most dangerous times in the global economy for many generations". A "serious response" is needed, she says, blaming greed in the banking industry and a global failure to rein in expenses.

     
  41.  
    1120:

    Ms Eagle turns her fire on the Conservatives' "reckless economic experiment" and says people are "feeling the pain". A jibe against the Bullingdon club - the drinking club Mr Cameron was a member of as a student - goes down well in the hall.

     
  42.  
    Diane Abbott MP

    tweets: Hazel Blears says immigration has gone too far. Presumably Hazel thinks that immigrants caused the riots in Salford. t.co/VlWNLkSC

     
  43.  
    1123:

    Angela Eagle suggests the coalition is "more like a sleazy affair" than a marriage of convenience - which is "destructive and likely to end in total embarrassment". She has a quick dig at Lib Dem minister Sarah Teather's Lib Dem conference jokes - which became an online hit for all the wrong reasons - to whoops from delegates.

     
  44.  
    1125:

    Ms Eagle finishes her speech - the action in the conference hall moves on to a panel discussion about the "green economy".

     
  45.  
    1128:

    Former Labour minister Tessa Jowell tells the BBC that benign times of economic growth are always easier for political parties - but rejects suggestions people turn to the Tories at times of crisis. She says the Conservatives' popularity has flatlined since the election, and the issue is more about people turning away from politics.

     
  46.  
    Guido Fawkes

    tweets: Shadow Culture Minister Ivan Lewis wants to have licensed journalists. Isn't the Lobby tame enough already? "Licensed to Muzzle".

     
  47.  
    1131:

    The BBC's Victoria King reports: Nick Pearce, former head of policy at No 10-turned-director of IPPR, told the think tank's fringe meeting that all of the most successful economies, such as those in Scandinavia, had invested in childcare, which "liberates families to work and pay their taxes". Labour should have made it a priority while in government, he argued. "We should have gone down the route of Bevan. We should have created a national under-fives service, with an expectation on the part of parents that, wherever you live, there will be an under-fives centre where you will get an allotted number of hours' care per week."

     
  48.  
    1132:

    Party politics is temporarily put to one side in Brough, Yorkshire - one of the areas worst hit by the BAE job cuts announcement. Labour's Alan Johnson and Conservative David Davis, both Yorkshire MPs, are giving a joint press conference about the issue.

     
  49.  
    1135:

    Still in Brough, both Alan Johnson and David Davis agree that BAE's handling of the news has been "appalling", as those losing their jobs have been hearing about it on the news well ahead of an official announcement. Mr Davis says the management should be "ashamed".

     
  50.  
    Suzzy20

    comments on the BBC story: I cannot believe what I am reading and hearing from the leadership of the Labour Party, they sound like the Tory Party with a few tweaks. They did not do anything to help the workers last time round so why should we trust them now. I have worked since age 16 now 67 for what?

     
  51.  
    1139:

    Alan Johnson says the BAE job cuts mean it is a "terrible day, a really gloomy time". David Davis agrees: "We've really got a tough job for the whole of Hull, the whole of East Riding."

     
  52.  
    Chief Political Commentator, Daily Express, Patrick O'Flynn

    tweets: Today's platform speeches are among the worst I have heard in 18yrs of conferences. Can EMil keep down the standard later? #Lab11

     
  53.  
    1144:

    The panel in the conference hall in Liverpool winds up a wide-ranging discussion about the green economy. Shadow minister Meg Hillier suggests Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is a "joke" in Whitehall - and is told what to do by the Treasury.

     
  54.  
    teedoff

    comments on the BBC story: There was a time that I enjoyed the interplay of blame from both Tories and Labourites. It got old a long time ago. Each side is good at placing blame, but bad at taking responsibility for now and the future.

     
  55.  
    1150:

    For more on what Ed Miliband is reportedly going to say about rewarding "good" businesses later, our business editor Robert Peston has blogged on the topic.

     
  56.  
    1153:

    Ed Miliband's speech is expected to focus more on vision rather than new policies. BBC political correspondent Norman Smith says it could be a "high-wire act" for the Labour leader. But former Labour cabinet minister Lord Adonis thinks it is too early in the parliamentary cycle to be announcing policies. He says Mr Miliband will position Labour "as a credible alternative government" if the coalition's economic "plan A" doesn't work.

     
  57.  
    Johval

    comments on the BBC story: It will take time for Labour to become credible again. People forget. Many have already forgotten that it was the Tory Party under Thatcher that deregulated and introduced the fast-buck, spiv culture economy. New Labour's failing was not doing anything about it.

     
  58.  
    1156:

    On issues like media ownership, party funding and House of Lords reform, Labour should be talking to the Lib Dems, Lord Adonis - a former Lib Dem activist who defected to Labour in the 1990s - tells the BBC. He was at the Lib Dem conference last week urging policy collaboration.

     
  59.  
    1159:

    In the conference hall, shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh finishes her speech - urging delegates to back a Labour campaign against plans to axe the Agricultural Wages Board - one of 192 quangos being abolished or merged by the government.

     
  60.  
    Lady Samantha

    comments on the BBC story: Just who do you vote for? Both major parties seem the same to me. Same lies and rhetoric, same 'career politician' attitudes - none of them have lived in the real world. Labour no more represents the 'working man' than the Tories do!

     
  61.  
    1203:
    T-shirt

    Labour member Ruma Ahmed makes her feelings clear about the government's plans for public sector pensions as she takes the stage in the conference hall.

     
  62.  
    1209:

    At the Labour conference, Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin tells the BBC it is time for government to "step up to the plate" and ensure manufacturing skills are not lost, as BAE announces 3,000 job cuts.

     
  63.  
    Christian May

    tweets: State register of journalists? Did Ivan Lewis lose a bet? Off his rocker.

     
  64.  
    1221:

    Mark Allen, of the Unite union, is in Warton, Lancashire, one of the areas suffering BAE job losses. He tells the BBC the main thing for Unite is to try to secure as many jobs as possible - and that it will be talking to the company and the government about what support can be offered.

     
  65.  
    Wes Streeting

    tweets: My other conference 'speech to watch' tip is Andy Burnham's. Had sneak preview last night. Some great ideas in pipeline.

     
  66.  
    Adam Marshall

    Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, tweets: Good mtg with Jack Dromey just now on #planning, #localgov, and other business priorities at #lab11

     
  67.  
    1233:

    Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy says of the BAE job losses news: "This is a body blow to UK manufacturing. There is never a good time to lose your job but now is an awfully hard time for workers and families."

     
  68.  
    1242:

    Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne is really put on the spot by Andrew Neil on the BBC's Daily Politics. Shown a selection of badges, including 'I love new Labour' and 'I love deficit reduction', he is asked which one he would like to take away. A politicians' answer, I suspect - he'll take a varied handful.

     
  69.  
    1249:

    Waiting for Ed. Will the Labour leader give hope of a return to the corridors of power?

    Delegates at Labour conference
     
  70.  
    1255:

    Different views on the prospect of a public sector pension strike. Gail Cartmail, from Unite, says she regrets that the Labour leadership is not "more supportive" of workers. But shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan says strike action is "premature", as he is "optimistic" that negotiations will bear fruit.

     
  71.  
    1304:

    Oi, hands off, cheeky. A delegate helps himself to one of shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh's apples.

    Mary Creagh at conference
     
  72.  
    1310:

    More from Tom Watson on phone hacking. The Labour MP tells the Daily Politics he is a "little bit embarrassed" that his campaiging on the issue is seen by some as a personal crusade. But he says "when the ball drops into one's lap, you have to run with it".

     
  73.  
    1315:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says Ed Miliband's speech is "huge for him" as he needs to turn around lacklustre poll ratings. It will be an argument about the state of Britain today, he adds.

     
  74.  
    1318:

    If you're wondering why Mary Creagh was brandishing a tray of apples (see pic below) - it's because Labour has dubbed its campaign to save the Agricultural Wages Board its "Back the Apple" campaign. Before her speech earlier there was a short film, created with the Labour peer and film producer Lord Puttnam, about the apple growing process.

     
  75.  
    1323:

    Here's a Labour regular. Comedian Eddie Izzard, who is no stranger to the conference stage himself, enjoys the sunshine in Liverpool

    Eddie Izzard
     
  76.  
    Ed Miliband

    has tweeted this invitation to ask him questions on Twitter for his Q+A on the stage: You can watch my speech then ask me about it using #AskEdM - I'll be answering as many Qs as I can live on stage...

     
  77.  
    1331:

    Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander is expecting a personal speech, which reflects the changes which need to be made in the country, but says Mr Miliband will also say the Conservatives have got the economic judgement wrong. Mr Alexander tells the BBC's World at One it will be "a big moment in what is a big week for Labour".

     
  78.  
    1338:

    Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman is asked about disappointing poll ratings for Labour - she tells the BBC people are concerned about the squeeze on living standards, the future for the next generation and Mr Miliband is speaking out about those issues.

     
  79.  
    Guy

    comments on the BBC story: Nothing he says today will make any difference, so he can say anything. But let's remember the Labour solution to all issues is to spend spend spend and to create more and more public jobs which need more borrowing or more taxes to pay for them.

     
  80.  
    Conservative politician Louise Mensch

    tweets: This is the man whom Ed Miliband wants to give the culture and media brief to. Half-baked ideas, weak leadership. That's #Lab11

     
  81.  
    1352:

    BBC South East political editor Louise Stewart reports: The conference hall is warming up for Ed Miliband's speech to the sound of Van Morrison's Bright Side of the Road.

     
  82.  
    Sunday Mirror political editor Vincent Moss

    tweets: Re Licences for journalists - maybe withdraw licences from all hacks who don't know the difference between to license and a licence?!

     
  83.  
    1412:

    Ed Miliband arrives at the conference venue - bathed in bright autumn sunshine - with his wife Justine.

     
  84.  
    1414:

    The BBC's Norman Smith says it will be a "big vision" speech with few policy announcements.

     
  85.  
    1415:

    Almost everyone is seated in the conference hall now. Looks pretty packed in there.

     
  86.  
    1417:

    Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham tells the BBC Mr Miliband is "supremely relaxed" ahead of his speech.

     
  87.  
    1418:

    Asked how his nerves were on his way into the conference hall, ahead of his speech, Mr Miliband said: "They're fine. I'm looking forward to it. This is what I came to do."

     
  88.  
    1418:

    There were angry scenes among delegates a few minutes ago as stewards attempted to clear a path for Ed Miliband's entrance to the conference centre, our spies tell us.

     
  89.  
    1422:

    BBC South East political editor Louise Stewart reports: There are no spare seats left for Ed Miliband's speech. The hall is full to capacity.

     
  90.  
    1428:

    Delegates awaiting Ed Miliband's speech are getting another chance to watch a video address by the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, first shown yesterday.

     
  91.  
    1429:

    David Blunkett tells the BBC Ed Miliband is doing better in the polls than David Cameron was at this point in his leadership of the Conservatives. He's "growing into the job", the former home secretary says, and needs to be given time to do so.

     
  92.  
    Tory Jack Hart

    tweets: Is Ed being fashionably late? Or just terrified and being forced to take the stage? #Lab11

     
  93.  
    BBC Daily Politics presenter Andrew Neil

    tweets: The Ed Miliband speech coming up at Labour party conference here on Daily Politics BBC 2 #bbcdp

     
  94.  
    1431:

    Former Chancellor Alistair Darling says he hopes Ed Miliband will set out what he stands for and where he wants to take the party and the country.

     
  95.  
    1432:

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson says Paul Greengrass, the director of the Matt Damon film The Bourne Supremacy, has been helping Ed Miliband with his speech.

     
  96.  
    Sunder Katwala

    tweets: "We believe democracy is the best system that has been thought up by man" - Aung San Suu Kyi makes the case for universal values #lab11

     
  97.  
    1436:

    The audience rises as Ed Miliband makes his way to the stage.

     
  98.  
    1436:

    In a video message, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson urges Labour to go forward and "be a team".

     
  99.  
    1437:

    Mr Miliband starts by saying it is "great to be in Liverpool, Labour Liverpool"

     
  100.  
    1438:

    He says it has been a "big year" for him and pays tribute to his wife Justine, whom he married in May.

     
  101.  
    1440:

    Mr Miliband makes a joke about his two sons - saying they are a new generation of Miliband brothers. He and his wife Justine are hoping they become doctors. He follows it up by making a nod to "Ed Nose Day" - a reference to an operation he had earlier in the year on his nose. Typical Labour leader, he jokes, once elected everything moves to the centre. The audience like that one.

     
  102.  
    Will Straw

    tweets: Think the jokes about "new mili brothers" are badly judged.

     
  103.  
    1442:

    After a few jokes, he says it is time "to get down to business". He says these are "dangerous times".

     
  104.  
    1442:

    He admits Labour lost trust on the economy and says he is determined this is restored.

     
  105.  
    Sky's Joey Jones

    tweets: Odd fact - walking from hotel to hall, ed mili and wife can be heard talking about chips and brown sauce.

     
  106.  
    1443:

    Labour must ensure it lives within its means, Mr Miliband says, and ensure every pound is spent as carefully as possible.

     
  107.  
    1444:

    More on financial discipline. Labour will not be able to reverse all the coalition's spending cuts and tax rises, he warns.

     
  108.  
    1445:

    The Labour leader turns his attention to the government's economic strategy, which he says "is just not working".

     
  109.  
    1446:

    There is an alternative to the government's approach, he says, repeating Ed Balls' call for a cut in VAT and a bank bonus to help young people find jobs.

     
  110.  
    Sky's Tim Gatt

    tweets: Even The Guardian didn't like that joke... RT @GdnPolitics: #lab11 #miliband The day he had his nose operation was "Ed nose day". Oh dear.

     
  111.  
    Visiting Prof at Cass Business School Stefan Stern

    tweets: Ed Mili seems to be delivering this speech far more to the cameras than the hall - true? #lab11

     
  112.  
    1447:

    Mr Miliband urges David Cameron to change course, saying he should "protect the economy not protect a plan that is failing".

     
  113.  
    1449:

    He defends his decision to speak out about phone hacking, saying his wife had told him that the case of Milly Dowler was "sickening".

     
  114.  
    1450:

    Ed Miliband differentiates himself from Labour's two former leaders, saying "he is not Tony Blair or Gordon Brown". "I am my own man", he insists.

     
  115.  
    1452:

    He says is not interested in "consolation prizes" but is determined to win the next general election.

     
  116.  
    1452:

    Apologies for the disruption to the live feed to Ed Miliband's speech. There appear to be some technical problems, we'll get it back as soon as we can.

     
  117.  
    1454:

    Mr Miliband pays tribute to members of the armed forces and their "heroism".

     
  118.  
    Editor of PoliticsHome.com Paul Waugh

    tweets: Clegg last week, Ed M this week, Govt "doing the right thing" by the British people. Spike Lee shd get royalties

     
  119.  
    1455:

    Last month's riots were a "terrible moment" for the country, Mr Miliband says. But for everyone involved in the disturbances, he adds, there were thousands of others who helped clear up their communities afterwards.

     
  120.  
    1456:

    Ed Miliband thanks delegates for their applause.

    Ed Miliband
     
  121.  
    1457:

    The majority of people in the communities affected by the riots were "law-abiding and decent". Unlike David Cameron, he says, he will not write off people and say society is "sick".

     
  122.  
    Brooks Newmark Conservative MP

    tweets: Ironic. Fault on BBC as Milliband begins his peroration: "My msg 2 British People is simple..." then silence then blank screen. Says it all!

     
  123.  
    1458:

    The hall is quiet as Mr Miliband says "some of what happened in the 1980s was right" - including changing rules on strike ballots.

     
  124.  
    Giles Dilnot

    tweets: Odd to hear a party boo a leader who won 3 elections whatever the party whoever the person

     
  125.  
    1500:

    Talking about the values of business, Mr Miliband says energy firms have been "ripping off" customers and been allowed to "go unchallenged" for too long.

     
  126.  
    1502:

    The Labour government should not have given a knighthood to former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin, Mr Miliband tells the conference.

     
  127.  
    Caitlin Moran

    tweets: Ed Miliband praises "Young people with brooms." What - pupils of Hogwarts?

     
  128.  
    1503:

    He says he wants to build a "something-for-something" culture in the UK where reward is always linked to effort.

     
  129.  
    1505:

    The "closed circles" in society which stop people from fulfilling their potential must be broken, Mr Miliband says.

     
  130.  
    Tory Press HQ

    tweets: "You've seen yr sons & daughters not getting an apprenticeship". Good job coaltn introducing 250000 more apprenticeships than Labour planned

     
  131.  
    1508:

    Outlining his vision for business, he says there must be more support for manufacturing and reform of the banks, so "they are part of the solution not the problem".

     
  132.  
    Political Editor of the Independent on Sunday Jane Merrick

    tweets: Country of insiders is good line but he needed to expand on it #lab11

     
  133.  
    Evening Standard political reporter Craig Woodhouse

    tweets: This speech is provoking literally no reaction around the conference centre. It's like a morgue. #lab11

     
  134.  
    1509:

    Taking aim at "asset stripping" firms, Mr Miliband accuses care home operator Southern Cross of treating their patients "like commodities to be bought and sold". Loud cheers when he says this must never happen again.

     
  135.  
    Author of Bad Science Ben Goldacre

    tweets: Miliband having a pop at benefit cheats. Guess what? There are scumbags filling their pockets at both ends of society. Know where I'd start.

     
  136.  
    1511:

    Firms like Bombardier, BAE Systems and Sheffield Forgemasters are being "sold down the river" by the government, Mr Miliband adds.

     
  137.  
    RunForCover

    comments on the BBC story: Isn't it amazing that as soon as the party is out of power they come up with loads of ideas. Why didn't they implement them while they had all that time in power?

     
  138.  
    1513:

    Under Labour, firms competing for public sector contracts must show they have recruited apprentices, Mr Miliband says.

     
  139.  
    1512:
    Ed Miliband

    Here's a quick grab of the man himself delivering his speech.

     
  140.  
    1515:

    The Labour leader calls for reform of a "rigged" energy market where prices "always go up and never come down". The dominance of the "big six" power companies must be challenged.

     
  141.  
    Editor of @ConHome Tim Montgomerie

    tweets: Shameless of Miliband to blame Coalition for Bombardier. His NHS-supercomputer-sized-wasteful govt wrote Crossrail contracts #Lab11

     
  142.  
    1516:

    Mr Miliband says he cannot promise to abolish student tuition fees, as this would be "irresponsible". But Labour will cap fees at \u00a36,000 to ensure "people are not priced out of their future".

     
  143.  
    Sky's Sophy Ridge

    tweets: Ok, so Southern Cross is eg of bad business, Fred Goodwin eg of bad banker. Hard to argue with those - but most are tougher to label #lab11

     
  144.  
    1518:

    More on education. Labour will strive to increase the number of children from poor backgrounds getting into the top universities, he tells delegates.

     
  145.  
    Val Gaize

    comments on the BBC story: I wish people would stop blaming Labour for everything from the world economic crisis to ingrowing toenails! When Labour left power we had about 2.5% growth, now it's flat-lining and about 0.2% is forecast for the year. Well done, Dave and George.

     
  146.  
    1521:

    A "cosy cartel" has been behind escalating pay in British boardrooms, Mr Miliband says. There must always be a member of the workforce on company boards, he argues.

     
  147.  
    Labour MP Diana Johnson

    tweets: Pleased that Labour Leader Ed Miliband just mentioned BAE Systems workers being "sold down the river".

     
  148.  
    1523:

    The poor are being hit hardest by the spending cuts, he says, adding: "How dare David Cameron say that we are all in this together?".

     
  149.  
    1526:

    Moving onto welfare, he says the benefit system must protect the vulnerable but support the "values of work".

     
  150.  
    1527:

    The audience like the Labour leader's praise for the NHS, which he suggests is being defended by Labour against the coalition. Claps and a few cheers.

     
  151.  
    1529:

    Some mockery of David Cameron, who had suggested he "wasn't the usual type of Tory", by Mr Miliband. Within a year of becoming prime minister he has "gone back on every word he said". Some whistles from the audience. They're not the prime minister's biggest fans.

     
  152.  
    1530:

    Mr Miliband suggests the "old values" which have failed the economy are now being imported into the NHS. The Labour leader says the message is clear: "You can't trust the Tories on the National Health Service". Cue more whistles, claps and cheers from delegates. The NHS is one topic sure to get Labour pulses racing.

     
  153.  
    Blogger Paul Cunliffe

    tweets: If this speech was by David Cameron next week, just substituting the party & MPs which he attacked, it would be warmly applauded. #Lab11

     
  154.  
    1532:

    Mr Miliband says he is "up for the fight" for a "new bargain" to link reward and effort in the UK economy and "break open the closed circles" and vested interests. The audience falls silent as he wraps up by saying: "I aspire to be your PM, not for more of the same, but to write a new chapter in our country's history."

     
  155.  
    1534:

    And the speech ends. Members are on their feet as Mr Miliband's wife Justine joins him on the stage, to the tune of "You've Got the Love" by Florence and the Machine. The couple stay on the stage for a few minutes before making their way out, shaking hands and kissing party members on the way.

     
  156.  
    1535:

    Lots of people want to shake hands on the way out and Mr Miliband tries to oblige as many as possible before turning for a final wave at the top of the stairs.

     
  157.  
    1539:

    What did some Labour figures think? Former Home Secretary David Blunkett says he set out what he stood for - "the fairness agenda". His old cabinet colleage Alistair Darling liked the "realism" on the economy and said Mr Miliband was trying to focus the economy on the more productive businesses. But the former chancellor said the detail of how to do that was sometimes easier said than done - that's not too much of a problem at this stage in the electoral cycle, he says.

     
  158.  
    Conrad Turner

    tweets: Nothing I've just heard makes me regret my decision to leave the Labour Party #lab11 @UKLabour

     
  159.  
    1540:

    Alistair Darling and David Blunkett are not happy that some people booed at the mention of Tony Blair. Mr Darling says it was "ridiculous" but a minority of people. "Thank God", says David Blunkett, pointing out Mr Blair won three general elections.

     
  160.  
    CE Rees

    tweets: Party leader's wife joining him on platform so old fashioned. What CEO would do that? Nothing against Justine. Cameron will do same. #Lab11

     
  161.  
    Richard Ember

    tweets: This is surely the most uninspiring, bland speech by a party leader for nearly 40 years. #lab11

     
  162.  
    Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph Benedict Brogan

    tweets: Great to hear a big argument from Ed M but if it's broke then picking winners and protectionism isn't the answer #lab11

     
  163.  
    1546:

    Here's a clip of that moment that seems to be proving a bit controversial, for those who missed it. Mr Miliband refers to former Labour PM Tony Blair, to what appears to be a few boos from the audience

     
  164.  
    1547:

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson says reaction to the speech is likely to be mixed. Some of the language - phrases such as "new bargains" and "closed circles" - would have perplexed the public, he says. But he believes the simple message that the government is going wrong and he could offer something new could prove quite effective.

     
  165.  
    Labour and Co-operative Councillor Sundip Meghani

    tweets: An excellent speech by our Leader Ed Miliband speaking to the values of British people. Never witnessed such a long standing ovation. #Lab11

     
  166.  
    Tory & Coalition Govt Supporter Stephen R Jones

    tweets: Ed's new left wing Labour party will appeal to the Trades Unions in the UK. That demolishes his tosh about vested interests. #lab11

     
  167.  
    1551:

    Praise for the speech from Treasury Minister Angela Eagle. She says it was "inspirational" and suggests that "when the time comes", Ed Miliband will be the next prime minister.

     
  168.  
    1552:

    BBC political correspondent Paul Rowley has been doing a word count. He says Mr Miliband used the phrase "new bargain" 13 times during his speech.

     
  169.  
    The Fat Councillor

    tweets: So, right about now, the party faithful will be rallying rounds saying, that was an OK speech. Meanwhile, MPs will be plotting to get rid.

     
  170.  
    1558:

    Comedian and Labour activist Eddie Izzard tells the BBC he "loves it when Ed Miliband comes out fighting".

     
  171.  
    MP Sadiq Khan

    tweets: Wow . What an atmosphere. Hall packed to the rafters. #lab11 great @Ed_Miliband speech

     
  172.  
    1605:

    Here's some reaction from business. The CBI says Ed Miliband is right to argue that firms must be responsible and focus on the long term. But it warns the Labour leader against describing firms which create wealth and jobs as "assets-strippers".

     
  173.  
    whatisthepoint

    comments on the BBC story: typical opposition leader's speech - lots of rhetoric and no content. This emphasises that labour and milliband offer no credible alternative and as much as i dislike the current fiscal austerity all i hear from Balls and Milliband is a rerun of old left wing interventionist policies which have always failed

     
  174.  
    1612:

    Labour frontbencher Tessa Jowell says the speech got a "fantastic response" from activists. But she also believes it will connect with the wider public and what "they feel about the state of Britain" today.

     
  175.  
    1620:

    Praise and criticism in equal measure from Spectator editor Fraser Nelson. He says Ed Miliband's delivery was "quite good" and the jokes were funny. But he believes the section on business values was slightly unclear and the Labour leader's portrayal of himself as an outsider was a little "implausible".

     
  176.  
    1628:

    That's it for our live coverage of Ed Miliband's keynote speech. It will be interesting to see what the newspapers make of it tomorrow. But if you assumed that was the end of the Labour conference for another year, think again. Tomorrow the focus will turn to crime and public services when we will hear from a series of senior figures including Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham. Please join us then.

     

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