As it happened: Wednesday at the Lib Dem conference 2012

Key Points

  • Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg urges the party to show "courage" as he closes the conference in Brighton
  • Clegg described the Liberal Democrats as a "party of government", and called for a "fair, free and open society"
  • Delegates have backed a motion calling on the government to scrap plans to relax planning laws
  1.  
    0913:

    Tension is mounting as Lib Dem delegates stride inexorably towards their conference climax: a speech by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, due at 2.30pm. Advance extracts indicate that he will deliver a troop-rallying message to prepare for several more years of austerity and vitriol.

     
  2.  
    0914:

    But Mr Clegg might struggle to deflect attention from yesterday's revelation that Lib Dems would look at curbing all age-related universal benefits - such as winter fuel allowances, free TV licences and bus passes - for pensioners with assets of more than £1m. The front-page headline on the Telegraph write-up reads: "Pensioners must give up benefits, says Clegg".

     
  3.  
    0919:

    It remains to be seen whether he will respond directly to the bloody nose delivered to the party leadership by its rank and file yesterday, when Lib Dem delegates dismissed the arguments in favour of the "secret courts" provisions in the Justice and Security Bill.

     
  4.  
    0921:

    But in the meantime, there are debates on mental health provision and housing for the conference to contend with.

     
  5.  
    0927:

    We're also expecting an "emergency" debate on planning laws at 9.45am and a speech from Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson at 12.20pm.

     
  6.  
    0940:

    The vote yesterday on secret courts was "humiliating" for Mr Clegg, says the Daily Mail. Having thrown the plans into "disarray", the decision will force senior Lib Dems to see if any further compromises can be extracted from the government, reports the Guardian.

     
  7.  
    0941:

    In the debate on mental health, delegate Alice Thomas from London speaks passionately about the importance of ensuring people with mental health conditions are diagnosed and given the correct treatment as early as possible.

     
  8.  
    0948:

    People still feel ashamed about mental illness, Care Services Minister Norman Lamb regrets. He says mental illness accounts for about half of all ill health in under 65s, an "extraordinary statistic".

     
  9.  
    0950:

    The minister says "tangible" steps are needed to give mental health "parity of esteem". He assures delegates: "So long as I am in this job I will do everything I can to champion this cause. This is central to what we are about as Liberal Democrats. It is a call for action. Let's really pursue it."

     
  10.  
    0954:
    Delegates in conference hall Delegates applaud a speech during the mental health debate
     
  11.  
    0956:

    Conference is now debating an emergency motion on planning laws, which calls on the coalition to withdraw proposals to relax regulations to allow people, for a three-year period, to build larger extensions on houses - up to 8m long for detached homes.

     
  12.  
    1000:

    The motion disagrees that current planning laws in England are stopping house-building. The government's proposals will "ignore local democracy... fail to protect local communities and... encourage more neighbourhood disputes", it adds.

     
  13.  
    1002:

    Councillor Chris White, from St Albans, has delivered a stinging rebuke to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, the minister responsible for the reforms. Mr Pickles harbours a "shoot-from-the-hip, issue-a-press-release-for-the-Sunday-papers attitude", Mr White says. "It is time to say enough is enough, let's try to get it right."

     
  14.  
    1011:

    The only people put off building extensions by current planning laws are those who want to build "monstrosities", delegate Prue Bray from Wokingham says. She calls for greater incentives for repairing and renovating dilapidated properties, which would "reduce the housing shortage by bringing empty properties back into use".

     
  15.  
    1014:

    Communities Minister Don Foster says he believes the Lib Dems can push to make improvements to the proposals. "It is not a done deal, there will be full consultation, I will share your views, but I hope you will make your views known as well," he tells delegates.

     
  16.  
    1018:

    Men who do not spend time with their children should not become fathers, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez said as she visited a Brighton school with her husband Mr Clegg yesterday, reports the Daily Mail. According to the Telegraph, she also described the "I'm sorry" parody video as "genius".

    Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam
     
  17.  
    1027:
    A delegate addressing conference Proposals to relax planning laws are causing consternation among Lib Dem members
     
  18.  
    1033:

    Conference is moving on to debate whether "the failure to build enough houses is making home-buying increasingly unaffordable and forcing rents higher and higher". If they back the main motion for discussion, delegates will call for "a major programme of house building, increasing the rate of construction until we reach at least 300,000 houses a year, using untapped sources of finance and giving more freedom to social landlords, local authorities and local communities".

     
  19.  
    1034:

    The proponents of the motion also want to "give local authorities greater ability to control second homes" and boost protections for private tenants.

     
  20.  
    1034:

    Conference has voted overwhelmingly to reject the coalition government's plans to relax planning laws in England. The motion which has been passed calls on the government to withdraw the plans.

     
  21.  
    1056:

    Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes has warned austerity could last until 2020, the BBC's Norman Smith reports. Mr Hughes said while by the next election "things will definitely be moving in the right direction...it will probably take another five years after that to have the prosperity we once enjoyed."

     
  22.  
    1100:

    Nick Thornsby tweets: #ldconf not covering itself in glory today, simultaneously calling for more house building and against liberalising planning laws. #sigh

     
  23.  
    1107:

    We need to build "far, far more houses" in the UK to catch up with "decades of under-construction" by Labour and Conservative governments, delegate Duncan Stott says.

     
  24.  
    1108:

    Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert tweets: About to do a Q&A on the Draft Communications Data Bill at #ldconf

     
  25.  
    1113:

    jonathansebire tweets: Before I forget to ask can someone please autotune the entirety of @nick_clegg's speech and set it to Götterdämmerung? Cheers. #ldconf

     
  26.  

    Alex Stevenson tweets: Suitably stormy weather for the Lib Dems #ldconf http://pic.twitter.com/7jQrPhLp

     
  27.  
    1126:

    "Hands up those of you who know the name of the new housing minister?" delegates were asked. Conservative MP Mark Prisk seems yet to have become a household name, although he has been in the job for just three weeks.

    Lib Dem delegates
     
  28.  
    1139:

    A reminder of what's coming up: Business Minister Jo Swinson will make her keynote speech to conference at 12.20pm, after which conference breaks for lunch. Nick Clegg addresses the party faithful at 2.30pm, bringing the Lib Dem conference to an end.

     
  29.  
    1141:

    BBC chief political correspondent Norman Smith tweets: Top Lib Dem tells me "nothing is binding on anyone" after double defeats for leadership over secret courts and planning laws #ldconf

     
  30.  
    1141:

    At the time of writing, Jo Swinson's wikipedia page looks like it could do with a swift edit...

     
  31.  
    1153:

    Higher-earning council house tenants should keep their tenure but pay higher rents, Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes argues.

     
  32.  
    1152:

    Mr Hughes says the problem of a lack of affordable social housing has gone on for too long. It must be an equal priority to sorting out the economic crisis, he says, otherwise "we will leave a social crisis which is unacceptable in this century and this decade".

     
  33.  
    1155:

    You can't have a fair country, a sound economy or a good society without jobs and decent homes for all, the MP adds.

     
  34.  
    1158:

    Labour frontbencher Diana Johnson tweets: How does Simon Hughes' plan to raise rents for those who get a job, or a pay rise, tally with Lib Dem rhetoric on 'making work pay'?

     
  35.  
    1159:

    We must get the government to agree our proposed target of 300,000 new homes a year, Simon Hughes tells conference.

     
  36.  
    1203:
    Simon Hughes MP Simon Hughes MP during the housing debate
     
  37.  
    1205:

    The Mail Online's Matt Chorley tweets: Brace yourself. Asked a LibDem aide if there would be any jokes in Clegg's speech. 'Danny is writing some more.' Gulp

     
  38.  
    1219:

    Conference is holding six votes relating to the decent homes motion.

     
  39.  
    1230:

    Delegates have overwhelmingly accepted a motion calling for "a major programme of house building, increasing the rate of construction until we reach at least 300,000 houses a year, using untapped sources of finance and giving more freedom to social landlords, local authorities and local communities". Only one person votes against.

     
  40.  
    1231:

    Business Minister Jo Swinson is on her feet in the main hall, to deliver her conference speech.

     
  41.  
    1232:

    Appearing on the BBC's Daily Politics, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander denies the party has made any decisions on cutting age-related universal benefits for wealthy pensioners. However he adds that it's right to look at "whether benefits being paid to millionaire pensioners should be a priority".

     
  42.  
    1233:

    Jo Swinson identifies three "opportunities" for the UK labour market: inclusivity, engagement and entrepreneurial spirit.

     
  43.  
    1239:

    We should seize the game-changing opportunity that the Paralympics has provided to improve the employment opportunities of people with disabilities, she tells conference.

     
  44.  
    1241:

    New measures for growth must go hand-in-hand with measures for equality, says Jo Swinson, who is also a minister for equalities. She pledges to bring forward proposals in the autumn to improve women's access to finance.

     
  45.  
    1243:

    Her agenda, she explains, is to "reap the benefits of more balanced boardrooms, and a more motivated, engaged workforce". But in a swipe at her coalition partners, she adds: "A Conservative Government wouldn't see this as a vital part of getting our economy back on track."

     
  46.  
    1249:
    Liberal Democrat MPs Jo Swinson is gifted a standing ovation from her party colleagues
     
  47.  
    1252:

    Lib Dem blogger Stephen Tall tells the Daily Politics that in terms of questions over Nick Clegg's leadership, Brighton has been "the conference that didn't bark".

     
  48.  
    1251:

    That brings the morning session to an end. The hall has emptied for lunch but delegates will return for Nick Clegg's speech, expected from 2.30pm.

     
  49.  
    1256:

    Appearing on the BBC Daily Politics show, Lib Dem party president Tim Farron says there is a "growing confidence and resilience" at this year's autumn conference, and he believes the party can go on to "do well" at the next general election.

     
  50.  
    1305:

    Asked what he really thinks about the Conservatives, Mr Farron says the majority of them are "reasonable people" but it doesn't mean he has to agree with them. Unlike the last Blair-Brown government the coalition can have "upfront arguments" on the issues but still treat each other "like decent human beings", he adds.

     
  51.  
    1307:

    "You are talking about a race that doesn't exist," Mr Farron responds when asked about standing for Lib Dem leadership.

     
  52.  
    1320:

    "Nick is by far the best leader this party has had for the past 100 years, and that, by the way, includes me," extols Paddy Ashdown on BBC Radio 4's the World at One.

     
  53.  
    1327:

    Lord Ashdown is very much on message: yesterday, Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said Mr Clegg had been the best Liberal Democrat leader ever. He "would measure up well to Lloyd George", Mr Davey added when pressed by the Daily Politics' Andrew Neil.

     
  54.  
    1342:

    Jo Swinson, the newly appointed employment minister, accepts applause from her husband and fellow MP Duncan Hames for her speech on maximising the potential of the UK workforce.

    Jo Swinson
     
  55.  
    1404:

    Here's Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam arriving at the conference centre in plenty of time for his big speech. The Lib Dem leader has gone for the purple-tie option for the second year in a row - a colour also favoured by Ed Miliband and David Cameron in recent years. But can you name the style of Miriam's outfit? Send us a tweet: @bbcpolitics.

    Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez
     
  56.  
    1416:

    The BBC's Robin Brant tweets: Breaking lib dem dress news: mrs clegg dress by Scottish designer henrietta ludgate. All materials sustainable apparently. Deeper more thoughtful policy analysis to follow...

     
  57.  
    1420:

    Top marks to Anna Wallace for being the first to correctly identify Miriam's dress style: peplum!

     
  58.  
    1423:

    The Times' sketchwriter Ann Treneman tweets: Ok, it's the FINAL COUNTDOWN (sing it) to Nick Clegg's major moment....

     
  59.  
    1430:

    The conference hall is looking pretty packed already ahead of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg's speech, now expected about 3pm, after the party awards ceremony.

     
  60.  
    1435:

    Pollster Peter Kellner tells the BBC's Daily Politics that research suggests Nick Clegg is now the most unpopular leader of any of the main three parties since Labour's Michael Foot in the early eighties.

     
  61.  
    1441:

    Isabel Hardman tweets: Two girls running across conference floor, one saying excitedly to the other, "let's go and see Danny Alexander!" #ldconf

     
  62.  
    1441:

    Isabel Hardman tweets: Sorry for the Danny live updates, but he's now being MOBBED by young people. Vince Cable standing on his own. #ldconf

     
  63.  
    1443:

    Lib Dem party president Tim Farron says he's sad the party conference is coming to an end, but assures delegates: "The best bit is yet to come."

     
  64.  
    1443:

    A change of scene in the conference hall: the Lib Dems have installed some rows of seated activists behind their main speaker, party president Tim Farron, in preparation for the main event.

     
  65.  
    1444:

    Former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown is on the Daily Politics rebuking the experts, urging people to ignore the opinion polls. "If you're making tough decisions for the country, you ain't going to be popular," he says, citing the early years of the Thatcher government.

     
  66.  
    1445:

    Rhys Griffiths tweets: Pure bants from Paddy Ashdown on the Daily Politics #ldconf

     
  67.  
    1449:

    The word from the conference centre is that Nick Clegg is expected to make his speech in about ten minutes from now.

     
  68.  
    1449:

    Mr Farron is distributing awards among the assembled throng. The first two are designed to encourage more female and ethnic minority candidates to get involve in politics, he says.

     
  69.  
    1451:

    A version of Don't Stop Believing by popular 1980s US rock band Journey fills the hall.

     
  70.  
    1453:

    Gaby Hinsliff tweets: crowd now being whipped into roaring frenzy for Clegg speech with....end of year prizegiving. All the pizazz of school assembly #ldconf

     
  71.  
    1455:

    Associate editor of the Daily Mirror Kevin Maguire isn't hugely impressed with the conference, telling the BBC Daily Politics show that the atmosphere has been "rather flat".

     
  72.  
    1455:

    "We're immensely grateful to all of you who advance our cause," Mr Farron says, thanking activists for all their hard work.

     
  73.  
    1457:

    Christine Quigley : Listening in to #ldconf pre-Clegg speech; enjoying the prominence of the awards given to local activists. Something Labour could adopt?

     
  74.  
    1501:

    Just a few minutes to go until Nick Clegg starts his speech - his wife Miriam has taken her seat in the hall.

     
  75.  
    1501:

    "Being Lib Dem treasurer is a bit like being the finance minister in Greece," current incumbent Sir Ian Wrigglesworth quips.

     
  76.  
    1502:
    Miriam Gonzalez Durantez Miriam Gonzalez Durantez is in the crowd to hear her husband's speech
     
  77.  
    1504:

    The Daily Mail's Tim Shipman tweets: Lib Dem treasurer giving a passable impersonation of Prince Charles...

     
  78.  
    1507:

    Mr Clegg's speech was due to start over five minutes ago - but Lib Dem delegates are still being treated to the party's financial appeal.

     
  79.  
    1514:

    The Lib Dems are looking rather united, comments BBC political editor Nick Robinson on the Daily Politics. "There really would have to be a mass collective sense of doom for them to go to Nick Clegg and ask him to go," he adds.

     
  80.  
    1515:

    It's time. Nick Clegg has entered the hall to a standing ovation.

     
  81.  
    1516:

    "Britain remembered how it feels to win again," the Lib Dem supremo comments of the London Olympics.

     
  82.  
    1517:

    "What a contrast from a year ago when England's cities burned in a week of riots," he adds.

     
  83.  
    1519:

    Nick Clegg says the response to England's riots demonstrated the country's "true character", when armies of volunteers came forward to clean up.

     
  84.  
    1519:

    The Lib Dems are on a journey "from the comforts of opposition to the hard realities of government", he argues.

     
  85.  
    1520:

    "The rewards of shared prosperity" will follow the "sacrifices of austerity", he predicts.

     
  86.  
    1523:

    BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler says: A dig at Boris Johnson there, who wrote an article praising Mr Clegg in the Daily Telegraph. "At least he has found one leader he is prepared to endorse," says the Lib Dem leader. David Cameron will have enjoyed that.

     
  87.  
    1523:
    Maurice Reeves Nick Clegg pays tribute to Maurice Reeves whose furniture store was burned down in last year's summer riots
     
  88.  
    1524:

    Launching a staunch defence of Lib Dem support for austerity, Nick Clegg asks: "Who suffers most when governments go bust?" before answering: "The poor, the old, the infirm - those with the least to fall back on."

     
  89.  
    1526:

    BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler says: A bit of Labour-bashing earns a good round of applause, breaking up quite a sober passage on the parlous state of the global economy.

     
  90.  
    1527:
    Nick Clegg The Lib Dem leader addresses his party faithful
     
  91.  
    1527:

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls lives in a "fantasy world where there is no boom and bust and the money never runs out", Mr Clegg asserts.

     
  92.  
    1528:

    But Conservative MP Liam Fox's purported enthusiasm for deregulation comes under fire too.

     
  93.  
    1529:

    BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler says: According to Mr Clegg, "there is no silver bullet that will instantly solve our economic problems". Is he borrowing Margaret Thatcher's famous refrain "there is no alternative"?

     
  94.  
    1530:

    BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler says: Vince Cable nods knowingly as Mr Clegg says that if he is being attacked by Liam Fox and Ed Balls at the same time he must be doing something right.

     
  95.  
    1529:

    Still on the economy: "If plan A really was as rigid and dogmatic as our critics claim, I'd be demanding a plan B," he says. "But it isn't."

     
  96.  
    1532:

    There is "no question" of further cuts to the top rate of income tax before 2015, he says.

     
  97.  
    1533:

    Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire tweets: Nick Clegg bashes Ed Balls but can't see mention of Ed Miliband in speech. Lib Dem anti-Labour strategy: "Vote Mili, Get Balls"?

     
  98.  
    1534:

    Touting the conference slogan, the Deputy Prime Minister intones: "We should be proud of the fact we have delivered fairer taxes in tough times."

     
  99.  
    1535:

    "Our mission," he declares, "is national renewal."

     
  100.  
    1537:

    The Lib Dems should lead the debate on how to reshape the British economy, says Mr Clegg. It should be strong, balanced, innovative, inventive, clean, and green, he explains, but not built on debt-fuelled consumption.

     
  101.  
    1539:

    Mr Clegg pledges to "hold the Conservatives to their promises on the environment... to make blue go green you have to add yellow!" he says, to rapturous applause. "What a generous audience," he responds.

     
  102.  
    1541:

    BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler says: Biggest audience reaction of the speech so far to Mr Clegg's green/blue/yellow joke. It's the way he tells them.

     
  103.  
    1541:

    Lib Dems are defined by an "unshakeable belief in freedom", he says, unlike the "tinny sound of the libertarian's freedom" or "the dead thud of the socialist's".

     
  104.  
    1541:

    The Daily Mail's deputy political editor, Tim Shipman, tweets: Worst line ever written in a leader's conference speech: 'To make blue go green you have to add yellow.'

     
  105.  
    1543:

    A policy announcement: "We will provide a new 'catch-up premium': an additional £500 for every child who leaves primary school below the expected level in English or maths."

     
  106.  
    1544:

    The AV referendum was "bruising", Nick Clegg concedes.

     
  107.  
    1545:

    The Lib Dems have stuck to the coalition agreement, he tells delegates, despite the party's pledge to block parliamentary constituency boundary changes.

     
  108.  
    1547:

    Ignore the siren calls to end the coalition, he implores. Although there would be upsides: "gone too would be the vitriol and abuse"...

     
  109.  
    1547:
    Delegates in the conference hall The crowd reacts to Nick Clegg's 'green' joke
     
  110.  
    1548:

    "Conference, I tell you this.... There's a better, more meaningful future waiting for us. Not as the third party, but as one of three parties of government," predicts Mr Clegg.

     
  111.  
    1549:

    "Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted on the economy and relied upon to deliver a fairer society too," he adds.

     
  112.  
    1551:

    BBC Political reporter Brian Wheeler says: His key message to wobbling activists - that there is a "meaningful future" for the party as a third force in government - gets a decent round of applause but how long will the reassuring feeling last?

     
  113.  
    1551:

    Another announcement: the party's 2015 general election campaign will be led by Paddy Ashdown, who receives warm applause. "He's pretending he doesn't like the limelight; he loves it... I can't think of anyone I'd rather have by my side. Paddy, it's great to have you back," Mr Clegg says.

     
  114.  
    1552:
    Paddy Ashdown Big cheers for former party leader Paddy Ashdown who is to lead the 2015 general election campaign
     
  115.  
    1553:

    Mr Clegg urges activists to draw strength from those who, 50 or 60 years ago "kept the flickering flame of liberalism alive through our party's darkest days".

     
  116.  
    1553:

    "A fair, free and open society. That's the prize. It's within our grasp. So let's go for it." So ends Mr Clegg's oration.

     
  117.  
    1554:

    Mr Clegg is mobbed by senior Lib Dem well-wishers as he leaves the stage.

     
  118.  
    1556:

    In case you weren't keeping time - Mr Clegg's speech lasted 37 minutes.

     
  119.  
    1556:

    Yellow-green searchlights roam around the crowd, as a lengthy standing ovation continues unabated.

     
  120.  
    1558:
    Nick Clegg and Miriam Gonzalez Durantez Nick Clegg salutes the crowd as he and his wife, Miriam, make their way out of the hall
     
  121.  
    1559:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson: Mr Clegg's speech was a "pep talk to the troops" peppered with exhortations to stick with it.

     
  122.  
    1603:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson says: There were few soundbites in the speech. It was an argument with the party, a conversation, rather than a series of "elaborately scripted clap lines". His message was to them was 'we've got no choice now, we made the decision to to go into coalition, and the only way is forward'.

     
  123.  
    1605:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson says: The other message was that the party's future was tied to the state of the British economy. But it also included a whole series of pledges to prevent the Tories from doing things they have already decided not to do - such as cut income tax further or slash £10bn from welfare.

     
  124.  
    1607:

    BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson says: The Lib Dem leadership challenge predicted by some never happened at this conference but there has been real anxiety about how to prevent the party from being wiped out at the next election. Nick Clegg has effectively told activists in his speech that you don't do that by ditching the coalition (or the leader) but by showing maturity and proving that you can govern.

     
  125.  
    1611:

    The BBC's chief political correspondent Norman Smith tells BBC News that in all his time covering party conferences he can't recall a leader's speech which presented "such a stark message".

     
  126.  
    1614:

    Nick Clegg's predecessor as Lib Dem leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, says Mr Clegg has married the future of the party to the state of the British economy - but that, he suggests, has implicitly been the case since coalition was formed.

     
  127.  
    1616:

    This was not a "sunny speech," according to Sir Menzies. He says it was "an austere speech for austere times", adding: "There is serious business afoot and we have got to be serious about the way in which we deal with it."

     
  128.  
    1619:

    "The mood here has to some extent been anxious," adds the former Lib Dem leader, so people would not have reacted well if Mr Clegg had got up and promised "milk and honey".

     
  129.  
    1619:
    Conference delegates clap on the stage Applause for the Liberal Democrat leader
     
  130.  
    1622:

    Sir Menzies gives an insight into his morning routine: He doesn't "get up in the morning wanting to stick pins in an effigy of Vince Cable". That was his reaction to Mr Cable being touted as a future leader despite being three years older than him. He does his best to remain sanguine in the face of Andrew Neil's goading.

     
  131.  
    1624:
    Sir Menzies Campbell, Danny Alexander and Jo Swinson Sir Menzies Campbell listened intently with his party colleagues
     
  132.  
    1630:

    Looking ahead to next week's Labour conference, YouGov polling chief Peter Kellner says that despite the party's good poll ratings, Ed Miliband has still not "sealed the deal with voters" - and that will be a key theme of their week in Manchester.

     
  133.  
    1642:

    Nick Clegg wants Lib Dem activists "to head back to their constituencies and prepare for the 2015 general election", writes the BBC's Robin Brant in his end-of conference analysis, but "as the winter nights begin to bite and the opinion polls show little sign of sunny times ahead, that was a clarion call that some leaving the seaside may find hard to embrace".

     
  134.  
    1647:

    So that brings our live coverage of the Lib Dem conference to an end. Thanks for joining us. We'll be back with live video and text coverage of the Labour conference in Manchester next week, in the meantime you can get all the fall-out from Brighton and the Labour build-up in our party conference in-depth section.

     

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