As it happened: Monday at the Labour Party conference 2012

Key points

  • Shadow chancellor Ed Balls called for windfall from 4G mobile phone spectrum sell-off to be spent on building 100,000 new homes
  • Unite trade union leader Len McCluskey told delegates that any freeze in public sector pay was unacceptable
  • Comedian Eddie Izzard opened a debate on "sustainable communities" featuring Labour frontbenchers Liam Byrne and Caroline Flint

Live text


  • Ed Lowther 
  • Sean Clare 
  • Pippa Simm 

Last updated 1 October 2012


Hello and welcome to live coverage of Monday at the Labour Party conference. Topping today's billing is shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who is expected to speak at 12.10pm.


This morning, delegates are expecting a speech from Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones, and a debate on "Britain in the world" featuring shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy, shadow international development secretary Ivan Lewis and shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander.


After lunch, there's debate on "sustainable communities", with shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne and shadow climate change secretary Caroline Flint expected to take part.

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Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones is addressing conference. He tells delegates that a £15bn investment plan for the next decade will help build new schools, roads and hospitals showing the Welsh Labour government's commitment to "investing in our future" even in "difficult" times.


The BBC's Brian Wheeler, in Manchester: Watch out Ant and Dec, Stella Creasey has you in her sights. The shadow minister for crime prevention is running a Twitter campaign against Wonga, the pay-day loan company that sponsors the Geordie jokers' Saturday night game show Red or Black. "You probably haven't seen the programme, it hasn't had great viewing figures," she joked at a Movement for Change fringe meeting on Sunday night.


Brian Wheeler adds: She wants to put pressure on media owners not to run ads from such companies, which she claims are exploiting the poor, until the government introduces tougher regulation. She is calling for ideas about for the next stage of the campaign using the Twitter hashtags #sharkstoppers and #getorganised.


The first minister defends the decision of the Labour government in Wales to intervene in the GCSE marking row and order a regrade of some papers in Wales. "We want to look those young people in the eye and say we've done right be you," he said, adding that it's a shame England didn't do the same.


The leader of Labour's MEPs, Glenis Willmott, attempts a joke at the top her speech, telling delegates last night's Ryder Cup victory shows we should never "write Europe off".


The BBC's Kayte Rath, in Manchester: There was some kerfuffle in the hall at the start of today's session as the usually routine vote to pass the daily report from the conference committee was taken. Chair Harriet Yeo said the vote was carried after a show of hands, but some delegates who wanted to vote against it shouted out loudly in protest. Ms Yeo insisted they must not "waste conference time" and pushed on.