As-it-happened: Monday at Labour Party conference

Key Points

  • Shadow chancellor Ed Balls delivered his speech, including a pledge to extend free childcare and questioning the value of HS2
  • Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander discussed the UK's future global role, saying it was better of remaining in the EU
  • Delegates also held discussions on work and welfare, Northern Ireland and the state of the economy
  1.  
    1651:

    Tomorrow's big event is leader Ed Miliband's speech. But before that there will be plenty of less high-profile goings-on. Proceedings will kick off with party business and reports from the National Executive and local government groups. There'll then be a debate on living standards and sustainability, which will hear from shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle and shadow environment secretary Caroline Flint. But that wraps up our coverage for today. Please join us again in the morning.

     
  2.  
    1650:

    Here's a nice tale to round things off. Hettie Bower, a veteran's veteran, if ever there was, has been charming delegates. The 107-year-old activist wowed the audience at a fringe meeting with her calls to promote peace and understanding. Afterwards, she went to meet Ed Miliband, the 12th person to lead the party since she joined, aged 17. The first, by the way, was Ramsay Macdonald.

     
  3.  
    1644: Ilknur Kahraman

    tweets: Thank u to @lisanandy & @BenBradshawMP for smiling back upon eye contact. Such a rare experience @ party conferences. Made my day #lab13

     
  4.  
    1642:

    The New Statesman says that by criticising HS2, Ed Balls has set himself against Labour peer Andrew Adonis, who supports the government's flagship scheme. Meanwhile in a surprise move, Fraser Nelson in the Spectator admits a "grudging admiration" for Ed Balls, when he described HS2 as Cameron's vanity project ... but he then goes on to attack him over his stance on free schools. Prospect magazine gives a less than flattering view of the language of the speech - but says the big announcement on free childcare will be a definite vote-winner.

     
  5.  
    1627:

    It was a busy day, with Ed Balls's speech the big event. Here's a round-up of some of the press reporting. The Telegraph focuses on the shadow chancellor's suggestion that Labour might stop supporting HS2 if costs spiral. The Guardian takes the same tack, but it notes that Mr Balls took a similar line to Lib Dem Business Secretary Vince Cable in warning of a potential house price bubble.

     
  6.  
    1619:

    Among the motions passed today was one pushing for an end to the cap on public sector pay rises. Labour's leadership has previously made clear it can't afford to raise the 1% cap - introduced by the coalition - as part of its commitment to match government spending if it wins the next election in 2015. But Unison leader Dave Prentis, who proposed the motion, said: "If this is a cost-of-living conference, then the pay freeze must end. No ifs, no buts, but a clear commitment to end the Tory pay freeze".

     
  7.  
    1609:

    Conference passes all the motions of the day and will reconvene tomorrow at 09:30 BST.

     
  8.  
    1605:

    Alan Buckle, the deputy chairman of KPMG International, urges businesses to go out and connect with local young people because they have "so much" to bring to a business, including technology skills and loyalty.

     
  9.  
    1601:

    Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, says the council is running an "early guarantee scheme" for apprenticeships, so that people can get a place on a course at the same as they would if they were attending university.

     
  10.  
    1559: Paul Gleeson, leader of the Labour group on Boston Borough Council

    tweets: Watching #Lab13 on the telly - so impressed by @LiamByrneMP's powerful speech rewound it and watched it again

     
  11.  
    1557: Lina, Preston

    emails: ...All the Labour promises are great if you can do it, but where's the money from? I personally want fairer Britain, to have a great future, great community, people treating people disabled and vulnerable elderly and young people properly...

     
  12.  
    1555:

    Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, says between 2010 and 2012 his was the only city in the UK where youth unemployment fell, because it had specific schemes to target the problem.

     
  13.  
    1552:

    "The government says 'We're all in this together' - but I've never felt more on my own," says a young man who tells delegates he's been out of work since he left school.

     
  14.  
    1549:

    Next up: conference is holding a discussion panel with business people, labour council leaders and young people about work, training and skills.

     
  15.  
    1546:

    "Labour will ensure that every child will have a better future," says Rachel Reeves, finishing her address to conference.

     
  16.  
    1544:

    Rachel Reeves says an economy with good jobs paying better wages makes the country less reliant on public spending.

     
  17.  
    1542:

    If the minimum wage had kept pace with bosses' pay, it would be £18 an hour rather than £6 an hour, Rachel Reeves tells conference.

     
  18.  
    1541:

    Rachel Reeves tells conference a "compulsory jobs guarantee will end the scourge of youth unemployment".

     
  19.  
    1539: Lobbyist Peter Bingle

    tweets: McBride is like a naughty poltergeist in Brighton. His influence is everywhere. Fascinating to observe. Lots of very worried politicians ...

     
  20.  
    1537:

    Shadow Treasury minister Rachel Reeves, beginning her speech, says it's great to be back after taking maternity leave.

     
  21.  
    1537: Kirsty Styles, Reporter for @MMMagtweets,

    tweets: Well hats off to #lab13 lots of articulate female parliamentary candidates of all ages getting their chance on stage

     
  22.  
    1532: Elliot Perkins

    tweets: @LucyRigby very impressive contribution in the cost of living debate #Lab13

     
  23.  
    1531:
    Labour delegates Labour delegates take a break, as temperatures soar in Brighton.
     
  24.  
    1529:

    Lara Norris, who says she was told by a journalist last year that she was a "nobody", gets a standing ovation as she tells people to "make politicians look a bit more like you".

     
  25.  
    1528:

    Lara Norris, the parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth, tells conference that a Labour government helped to take her and her children out of poverty. She says the government doesn't understand that "poverty speaks only about the size of your bank account, not your brain, or your heart".

     
  26.  
    1526: Paul Richards, Labour activist

    tweets: On the Metropole terrace in blazing hot sunshine. Conference should be like this every year. #lab13

     
  27.  
    1523:

    Lucy Rigby, the parliamentary candidate for Lincoln, says women have been falling behind in the workplace since the start of the financial crash. She says Labour must help women achieve their potential by increasing free childcare and strengthening the minimum wage.

     
  28.  
    1522: Chloe Sharp

    tweets: The moral of today's #Lab13 @UKLabour conference: if you want your voice heard, carry a ridiculous prop.

     
  29.  
    1518:

    Sue Marsh, a disability campaigner, says Labour has started to listen to people with disabilities and understand what can be done to help them into work. But she says noble aims need to be translated into real policies.

     
  30.  
    1512:

    Tony Burke, assistant secretary general of Unite, says one of the reasons the automotive industry is succeeding now is because of the skills of the workers and because unions demanded government backing when the sector was in jeopardy.

     
  31.  
    1506:

    Steve Murphy, the general secretary of Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, says unions must continue to work with the Labour Party to create a fairer society.

     
  32.  
    1504:

    Once again, desperation from delegates trying to get to the speakers' microphone leads someone in the audience to wave a pink plastic spade.

     
  33.  
    1503: Gordon Lundie, Conservative Leader of West Berks Council

    tweets: #lab13 At the Labour Party conference at the moment to see if there are good ideas to be had.

     
  34.  
    1501:

    Cllr Aiden Melville, from Oxford West, says Oxford City Council is the first to introduce a living wage for all employees.

     
  35.  
    1459: Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of Conservative Home

    tweets: Dave Prentis has a voice like a trifle - oratory turned into wobbly jelly and cold custard. No idea how he does it. #LabConf #lab13

     
  36.  
    1459:

    Dave Prentis says that Labour must go beyond a "PR machine that worries about daily headlines in the Sun". He says, if it can do that, it can take back power in 2015.

     
  37.  
    1458:

    Dave Prentis says his members want to hear from someone who is on their side. He says Labour needs to give a "clear, unambiguous promise" to turn the minimum wage into a living wage.

     
  38.  
    1456: Labour activist

    tweets: Working while I have #lab13 on in the background. #partyofwork

     
  39.  
    1455:

    Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, tells conference that seven million people on the lowest incomes do not have access to a bank account. He also says Labour must tackle pay-day loans companies.

     
  40.  
    1453: Paul Bull, Labour and Co-op Councillor for Cowick Ward of Exeter City Council

    tweets: @synthesio @MHPpolitics Thanks for the vote of confidence - I'm 96/100 of top #Twitter influencers for #Lab13.

     
  41.  
    1450:

    The general secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), John Hannett, says the Labour Party needs unity - that disagreements should take place "within the tent".

     
  42.  
    1448: James Greenhalgh, Journalist

    tweets: In my opinion Labour needed 2 both improve image of economic competence & begin to set out our policies- seen both 2day @EdBallsMP #Lab13

     
  43.  
    1446: Paul Rowling, Student

    tweets: Top speech by @LiamByrneMP highlighting failures of the Coalition on welfare and setting out what One Nation Social Security would be #lab13

     
  44.  
    1446:

    Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth's direcor of policy, says: "Mr Balls' promise to let the Green Investment Bank borrow to invest and bring in a 2030 target for clean energy is exactly what we need to restore battered investor confidence. But with living standards falling, Mr Balls should've backed a nationwide insulation programme to cut bills, which would be a far more prudent use of cash than HS2."

     
  45.  
    1444:

    "Free from the fear of want - that is the Labour way," says Liam Byrne, finishing his speech.

     
  46.  
    1443:

    Liam Byrne says "disabled people are threatened by hate crime, by Atos and by the bedroom tax". He promises Labour would make disability hate speech a criminal offence, would sack Atos and would repeal the "bedroom tax".

     
  47.  
    1442:

    "If this government fails on universal credit, we will have to rescue it," says Liam Byrne, announcing a "universal credit rescue committee".

     
  48.  
    1441:

    From Aiden James in Brighton: Roll up, roll up. For the sum of just £1, delegates can get a copy of Ed Balls's speech, signed by the man himself. The money will go towards transporting Labour students around the country to visit and work in key seats. No word on sales levels just yet.

     
  49.  
    1438:
    Brighton seafront

    From Brian Wheeler in Brighton: It's pretty hot on the south coast today.

     
  50.  
    1437:

    We need to devolve power from the Department of Work and Pensions to local councils, Liam Byrne tells conference.

     
  51.  
    1437: Bernard McEldowney, Secretary of Bromsgrove Constituency Labour Party

    tweets: Very shouty delivery from Liam Byrne. Calm down that man #lab13

     
  52.  
    1436:

    "We need to build a new consensus" around the welfare system, says Liam Byrne.

     
  53.  
    1435:

    Liam Byrne says Education Secretary Michael Gove "should be ashamed" of saying people who used food banks cannot manage their finances properly.

     
  54.  
    1434:
    Ed Balls The hall was full for shadow chancellor Ed Balls's speech this morning.
     
  55.  
    1433:

    Liam Byrne says the young people in his constituency have "more grit than it takes to get through Eton" - and gets a whoop from the conference floor.

     
  56.  
    1431:

    Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne takes to the stage to discuss the work and business policy paper.

     
  57.  
    1429:
    Len McCluskey Unite leader Len McCluskey gave a stout defence of the role of unions within the Labour movement.
     
  58.  
    1427:

    Vernon Coaker accuses the government of having a "semi-detached" approach when it comes to Northern Ireland. David Cameron must show the UK has a shared future, he tells conference.

     
  59.  
    1425:

    "Violence can never be condoned," Vernon Coaker tells conference, speaking about flag protests in Northern Ireland.

     
  60.  
    1423:

    "Ordinary people in Northern Ireland are paying the most but getting the least" out of the coalition government, says Vernon Coaker.

     
  61.  
    1421:

    Addressing conference, shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker says it would have been hard to imagine a decade ago a G8 conference being held in Northern Ireland.

     
  62.  
    1359:

    More on HS2. The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Wescott says Labour will not withdraw their support for the project before the election but may look at alternatives in 2015 - should they regain power - if they don't think the figures add up.

     
  63.  
    1358:

    Business groups have expressed concerns Labour is "losing its nerve" over its support for HS2 after Ed Balls' speech. The British Chambers of Commerce say politicians must focus on "transformative" long-term plans rather than current spending.

     
  64.  
    1357:

    Asked under what circumstances a future Labour government would scrap HS2, Ms Reeves tells BBC Radio 4's World at One it would happen if the project was no longer "good value for money and costs continue to rise".

     
  65.  
    1342:

    From Brian Wheeler in Brighton: A round of applause for the sacking of Paulo Di Canio at the Unite Against Fascism fringe. The football manager has just been fired by Sunderland. For poor results on the pitch rather than his controversial political views. But it's still "good news", reckons the UAF's Glyn Ford.

     
  66.  
    1339:

    The Office for Budget Responsibility "has the capability" to audit Labour's plans, shadow Treasury minister Rachel Reeves says, pointing out the watchdog already does the same job for the government.

     
  67.  
    1332:

    Labour MP David Lammy says the party needs a "sense of competence" if it is to win the 2015 general election.

     
  68.  
    1332:

    Although it has been done in other countries, such as the Netherlands, independent scrutiny of spending plans would be a "very big change", Robert Chote says, and would mean parties publishing their manifestos much earlier.

     
  69.  
    1329:

    Office for Budget Responsibility boss Robert Chote says he has been told by the Treasury that legislation would need to be passed to allow the watchdog to audit Labour's spending plans.

     
  70.  
    1327:

    Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner suggests the leadership should move to renationalise the Royal Mail. He welcomes Ed Miliband's statement that socialism is back, but calls for him to put "more meat on the bones".

     
  71.  
    1321:

    Political commentator and Tory peer Lord Finkelstein questions Labour's decision to get the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinise its spending commitments, saying the watchdog will want "hard figures" and could impose "real restraint" on the party.

     
  72.  
    1317:

    BBC chief political correspondent Norman Smith says Labour's difficulty is persuading voters that the party's "sums add up".

     
  73.  
    1312:

    Shadow health minister Diane Abbott tells Labour activists: "We must never, ever make the mistake of giving any credence whatsoever to arguments that originate in the minds and hearts of racists, fascists and UKIP."

     
  74.  
    1306:

    Ex-cabinet minister Peter Hain tells a Unite Against Fascism fringe meeting that UKIP could win next year's European elections unless Labour organises "against them", warning that such a result would give "licence to bigotry".

     
  75.  
    1302: Tim Lezard, Campaigning journalist

    tweets: Good to hear #Labour aims to re-connect with working people rather than, as Tories do, patronise us & tell us what to do #lab13

     
  76.  
    1254:

    John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, says: "Ed Balls identified many issues of concern to business in his conference speech, including infrastructure and growth finance. Yet Labour's policy alternatives on the key long-term economic issues remain embryonic at best."

     
  77.  
    1252:

    Sajid Javid says the government won't let the Office for Budget Responsibility judge Labour's spending plans for the next general election.

     
  78.  
    1249:

    From Brian Wheeler in Brighton:

    Hetty Bower

    One of the best speeches of the Labour conference so far came from someone nearly as old as the party itself. Hetty Bower, a 107-year-old North London woman, got a standing ovation at a Unite/Daily Mirror fringe meeting with powerful recollections of the "battle of Cable Street" in the 1930s, when fascists were prevented from marching through Jewish areas of East London. "Hatred of other human beings will have to be totally eliminated throughout our land and that is what I, in the short time left to me, am still campaigning for - peace," said the veteran campaigner before heading off to meet Ed Miliband.

     
  79.  
    1248:

    Sajid Javid says the UK economy is generating jobs at a faster rate than any other in the G7.

     
  80.  
    1247:

    Conservative Treasury minister Sajid Javid tells BBC Two's Daily Politics that Ed Balls "knows he's lost the economic argument".

     
  81.  
    1242:

    "Let's together go out there and make it happen," Ed Balls says, finishing his speech to a standing ovation from the conference floor.

     
  82.  
    1241:

    Ed Balls says the party will take inspiration from the "great reforming" Labour government of 1945: "They did not flinch and they built lasting change."

     
  83.  
    1240: Jen Thornton, Labour Activist

    tweets: Full conference hall for @edballsmp's speech #lab13 pic.twitter.com/TdSKSkkbCQ

     
  84.  
    1240:

    Ed Balls says Labour will recapitalise the small investment bank by using the money from the mobile phone companies' payments for 4G broadband licences.

     
  85.  
    1238: Joseph Moran, EU Lobbyist

    tweets: Good announcement from #Balls re. free #childcare. Still, the UK is a long way behind the best in #EU in this.. #lab13

     
  86.  
    1236: Norman Smith, BBC News Channel chief political correspondent

    tweets: Spoke to Andrew Adonis at b'fast and he said he was keeping quiet about HS2 for the moment. Not anymore I suspect #lab13

     
  87.  
    1236:

    Ed Balls says the childcare system should allow parents to balance their work and family life. Labour will increase the levy on banks so that the free childcare allowance is raised from 15 hours to 25 hours, he adds.

     
  88.  
    1234: Kevin Peel, Labour councillor, Manchester

    tweets: Very concerned at any suggestion that Labour will scrap HS2. Vital for northern economies. Lets think beyond Westminster. #Lab13

     
  89.  
    1233:

    The National Minimum Wage has fallen in real terms by 5% since 2010, says Ed Balls. He promises Labour will introduce a 10p starting rate of tax.

     
  90.  
    1232:

    Ed Balls says Labour will introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee for the young and for the long-term unemployed, funded by an additional bank levy and scrapping pensions tax relief for the richest pensioners.

     
  91.  
    1231:

    Ed Balls says he will ask the independent Office for Budget Responsibility to review Labour's spending pledges for its 2015 manifesto. "It's the right thing to do to restore trust in politics," he tells delegates.

     
  92.  
    1230: Mark Brown

    tweets: Good stuff from Ed Balls at #lab13 especially promise to repeal NHS Reforms

     
  93.  
    1229:

    Ed Balls says a Labour government would not give a blank cheque to the high-speed rail project, adding that the costs of HS2 have spiralled out of control.

     
  94.  
    1228:

    Labour won't allow more free schools to be built in areas where extra school places are not needed, instead of investing in areas where they are needed, Ed Balls tells delegates.

     
  95.  
    1227:

    Ed Balls says Labour will repeal the "costly and damaging privatisation" of the NHS.

     
  96.  
    1226:

    Ed Balls says Labour cannot continue paying the winter fuel allowance for the richest 5% of pensioners and there will have to be an increase in the retirement age.

     
  97.  
    1225:

    "The next Labour government will have to make cuts too," Ed Balls says.

     
  98.  
    1225:

    There is now set to be a deficit of over £90bn in 2015, Ed balls tells conference, saying "there will be no more borrowing for day-to-day spending".

     
  99.  
    1223:

    What the UK needs is not a recovery that works for some, but "a recovery that works for all and is built to last", Ed Balls tells conference.

     
  100.  
    1221:

    Ed Balls says Labour doesn't want the economy to be in recession because it is the poorest communities which are hardest hit.

     
  101.  
    1219:

    "For the 4,000 disabled adults who are being forced to pay the bedroom tax, the government's financial plan isn't working", says Ed Balls, and tells conference that Labour would repeal the coalition's changes.

     
  102.  
    1217:

    Ed Balls says the government made the key test of its economic credibility Britain's triple-A credit rating. But the country has been downgraded twice, he adds.

     
  103.  
    1216:

    "After the last three years, the sooner David Cameron throws in the towel the better," says Ed Balls, following a put down about the PM's beach attire. Mr Cameron was pictured over the summer changing his trunks while wrapped in a towel.

     
  104.  
    1214:

    Ed Balls says the government is "peddling the lie that Britain is broken" and that David Cameron is diminishing Britain.

     
  105.  
    1213: Stephen Cavalier, Labour party member

    tweets: On The Ball @edballsmp hammering home Labour's achievements in government #lab13 and stressing his union links @unisontweets @unitetheunion

     
  106.  
    1212:

    "My friend, our leader, Britain's next prime minister - Ed Miliband," announces Ed Balls.

     
  107.  
    1211:

    "Let us win the argument that we are better together in the Scottish referendum next year," Ed Balls tells conference, to much applause.

     
  108.  
    1211: Tom Ddumba

    tweets: Ed Balls roars roars important reforms to be delivered by Labour Gov. Conference is high on his words! He is up for the battle #lab13

     
  109.  
    1210:

    Labour has more women candidates in key seats than ever before, Ed Balls tells the party conference.

     
  110.  
    1209:

    Ed Balls says he is "up for the battle to come" in the next general election.

     
  111.  
    1208:

    Ed Balls says, by abolishing Section 28, Labour paved the way for the coalition's Gay Marriage Bill.

     
  112.  
    1208:

    Ed Balls says Labour delivered 3,500 Sure Start Centres when in power - one of its "most important" reforms.

     
  113.  
    1207: Janet Royall, Labour's Leader in the House of Lords

    tweets: Candidates making great contribution to #lab13 including terrific speech by Victoria, Reading West, on labour the party of small business

     
  114.  
    1206:

    Labour has learned from its election defeat in 2010, Ed Balls tells delegates.

     
  115.  
    1206:

    Ed Balls says Labour's task is to show it is ready for the "great challenges" of tackling the deficit and building a "one-nation Britain".

     
  116.  
    1205:

    Shadow chancellor Ed Balls is on the stage. He calls the coalition "out of touch".

     
  117.  
    1204:
    Damian McBride Man of the moment Damian McBride leaves the conference after publicising his memoirs.
     
  118.  
    1202:

    Former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett steps up to the podium to move a report about stability and prosperity. She says small businesses are still not getting the support they need from the banking system.

     
  119.  
    1200:

    Not long to go now until Ed Balls delivers his speech, one of the biggest events of the conference.

     
  120.  
    1159: Polly Billington, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Thurrock

    tweets: Trying to get to speak in economy and industry debate at #lab13 - might need a gimmick like an umbrella - #inventive

     
  121.  
    1158:

    Alastair Campbell urges Labour to "take lumps" out of the coalition over its management of the economy.

     
  122.  
    1157: Mari Williams, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North

    tweets: Well done @catkinson80 Great speech on young people deserving more #lab13 pic.twitter.com/EBvN9DMGr5

     
  123.  
    1156:

    Victoria Groulef, the parliamentary candidate for Reading West. says she welcomes the news that Labour would set up a British investment bank to support small businesses.

     
  124.  
    1155:

    In the conference hall, Stephanie Peacock, parliamentary candidate for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, says that as a teacher she was sad to see students drop out of school because the couldn't afford to stay in education without the Educational Maintenance Allowance.

     
  125.  
    1154:

    Tony Blair's former head of communications Alastair Campbell accuses Charlie Whelan of being "dishonest" in distancing himself from Damien McBride's revelations. He says Mr Blair and others were "consistently briefed against". He has "no time" for "these people", he tells Daily Politics.

     
  126.  
    1151: Jamie Reed, Shadow Health Minister

    tweets: Objects being waved to attract attention on the floor include umbrellas, jackets and inflatable bananas.

     
  127.  
    1151:

    Charlie Whelan, Gordon Brown's former spin doctor, tells BBC Two's Daily Politics being a press officer is a "tough job". He says he had "no idea" what Damian McBride was "up to" when he oversaw the then chancellor's media relations. Mr McBride has published a book of reminiscences which is causing quite a stir at the conference.

     
  128.  
    1147:

    Paul Mooney from the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians says companies who've been involved in blacklisting trade unionists must be banned from getting any public sector contracts.

     
  129.  
    1145:

    Labour delegates are getting creative to try and attract the chair's eye to speak in the debate on workers' rights. Someone is waving an umbrella and another person is waving two cardboard apples ...

     
  130.  
    1143:
    Man dressed as bee Creating a buzz: A costumed campaigner hands out leaflets on behalf of under-threat bees
     
  131.  
    1142:

    Tanya Watson from Bishop Auckland says the government's changes to employment law have made it easier to fire, not hire workers.

     
  132.  
    1137: Stephen Cavalier, Labour Party member

    tweets: Storming speech from @Unite4Len @unitetheunion - Labour must be a moral crusade or it is nothing #lab13

     
  133.  
    1135:

    Len McLuskey finishes by calling on delegates to "join our crusade - for therein lies the path to victory". A rousing response - probably the most lively the crowd has been today.

     
  134.  
    1134:
    Brighton's West Pier The derelict West Pier looks moody as Labour activists debate the party's future just along the road at the Brighton Centre.
     
  135.  
    1133:

    Len McKluskey, in a tub-thumping address, says the only thing that can put an end to zero-hours contracts is to have strong trades unions.

     
  136.  
    1132: Mandy Rhodes, Editor of Holyrood magazine

    tweets: McCluskey emphasis, not for the first time this conference, to delegates that this is 'our party'. #lab13

     
  137.  
    1131:

    Len McLuskey asks how it can be right that other countries in Europe have better protection of workers' rights than Britain. He says Labour must end the "wage siege" that means young people have lower living standards than their parents.

     
  138.  
    1131: Andrea Campos, Student

    tweets: Great to hear that Labour is planning on outlawing zero-hour contracts to stop workers being exploited. #lab13

     
  139.  
    1129:

    Len McLuskey, leader of the Unite union, says if Labour is to have a future then it must represent the voice of organised Labour - a big clap for that.

     
  140.  
    1128:
    Alastair Campbell and Eddie Izzard Pebble dash: Comedian Eddie Izzard and former Downing Street head of communications Alastair Campbell had a run on Brighton beach before conference proceedings got under way today.
     
  141.  
    1127:

    Chuka Umunna says if Labour gets back into power it'll seek to increase the minimum wage to a living wage - and it goes down well with the conference floor.

     
  142.  
    1126:

    Chuka Umunna gives a name check for Mike Wright of Jaguar Landrover, who has been leading a Labour review of jobs policies. He also says a Labour government would investigate blacklisting in the construction industry - and gets a round of applause for it.

     
  143.  
    1125: Renie Anjeh, Labour supporter

    tweets: Chuka Ummuna doing a very good speech. Future PM? #lab13 pic.twitter.com/t9rQsc4wfH

     
  144.  
    1125:

    Chuka Umuna says a Miliband government would invest in the skills and industries of the future - he says Britain can compete with other countries on quality rather than trying to do things more cheaply.

     
  145.  
    1121: The Rockabilly Red

    comments: Messrs Milliband and Balls need to understand some very basic economics: 1) Nothing is free-everything has a cost. 2) Governments only have two sources of money - tax from me, and borrowing-which is repaid by taxing me.

     
  146.  
    1120:
    Ed Balls Shadow chancellor Ed Balls had fun as he spoke to kids and parents on a visit to a children's centre earlier.
     
  147.  
    1119:

    Chuka Umunna says he joined the party in 1997 because it had a better vision for the future than any of the others - more young people going into university, more apprenticeship opportunities and the introduction of the minimum wage.

     
  148.  
    1118: blagshaw

    comments: It is all very well for labour to tell us yet again how they are going to spend cash. How about, for once, letting us know how they're going to save some and I might be interested.

     
  149.  
    1118:

    Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says the Labour Party has got to win in 2015 to bring prosperity to businesses, families and communities.

     
  150.  
    1114: Charlie Whelan, Former political director of Unite

    tweets: All the talk with delegates #lab13 is how to defeat the Tories. All the talk in the media room is @DPMcBride

     
  151.  
    1113: captainswing1

    comments: Frankly, I am fed up to the back teeth with having to pay through my taxes for all these people and their kids. If you can't afford to support them don't have them and don't expect the tax payer to subsidise them.

     
  152.  
    1112:
    Jim Murphy speaks Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander look pensive as Jim Murphy addresses the conference.
     
  153.  
    1110: Isabel Hardman, Editor of the Spectator's Coffee House blog

    tweets: Love the way Alexander uses strong attack language in his speech but speaks so softly & politely that he sounds like he's being nice #lab13

     
  154.  
    1109:

    Douglas Alexander brings the debate on Britain's global role to a close. Party members are treated to a video presentation. Next up should be shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna.

     
  155.  
    1108:

    Douglas Alexander says British jobs and Britain's status in the world are strengthened by our role in Europe. He says Labour will argue for reform in Europe not exit from Europe at the next election.

     
  156.  
    1103:

    Douglas Alexander says Britain is both weary and wary of foreign interventions. He says the UK must avoid "knee-jerk interventionism" and "knee-jerk isolationism".

     
  157.  
    1102:

    Douglas Alexander says it was Labour's leader Ed Miliband who spoke up for the nation about the role Britain should play in Syria. He says Mr Miliband's leadership stopped a rush to military action.

     
  158.  
    1059:

    Shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander is closing the debate on Britain's global role.

     
  159.  
    1056:

    Ivan Lewis says the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh this year, which killed hundreds of people, should be a wake-up call about international workers' rights.

     
  160.  
    1052:

    Ivan Lewis says David Cameron missed a chance to tackle tax dodging at the last G20 meeting and has been giving mixed signals to allies in Europe.

     
  161.  
    1049:

    Shadow international development secretary Ivan Lewis says it was Labour that put Britain on the path of giving aid money to the poorest countries in the world.

     
  162.  
    1047:

    A candidate for the European election in the North East says David Cameron's attempt to change the working time directive is an attempt to treat British workers worse than those in the rest of Europe.

     
  163.  
    1036:

    Richard Howitt, an MEP for the East of England, says he's got a message for David Cameron: "If you pander to little Englanders then you get labelled as a little island."

     
  164.  
    1034: Sandy Martin, Labour Candidate

    tweets: #Lab13 Fantastic speech from floor by young SW Region candidate for EU Parliament - real commitment!

     
  165.  
    1033:

    Wajid Khan, a candidate for the European elections in the North West, says being in the EU gives Britain a seat at the top table and allows Europe to work together on cross-border crime, climate change and fair working practice. He gets a cheer from the crowd when he says there are no more BNP councillors in Burnley, where he lives.

     
  166.  
    1030: Joe Rukin, Stop HS2 campaigner

    tweets: Great in the leaflet scrum outside #Lab13. Loads of people walk past, but then come back for leaflet when they realise its #StopHS2. #HS2

     
  167.  
    1027:

    Clare Moody, a Labour candidate for the South West in next year's European election, says car manufacturer Honda is based in that region because Britain is part of the EU. She says being in Europe creates jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

     
  168.  
    1024: Southend Labour

    tweets: Hope everyone is having a good #lab13 Plenty of policy initiatives and ideas flowing already. @UKLabour @Ed_Miliband

     
  169.  
    1022: Joel Pearce, Student

    tweets: Bad news for #Lab13 as @yougov poll says 63% think Labour aren't ready for government

     
  170.  
    1020:
    Andrew Miller

    The BBC's Andrew Marr greeted well-wishers on the Brighton promenade as he prepared to interview Ed Miliband.

     
  171.  
    1015:

    Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, says Labour should become the party of the armed forces. He says a scheme it's running in the city has helped gain £800,000 for ex-servicemen and helped 350 veterans with housing needs.

     
  172.  
    1008:

    Jim Murphy finishes his speech. But the discussion of the UK's future world role continues.

     
  173.  
    1004:

    Jim Murphy says the Labour Party will consult on a new armed forces bill of rights to make sure injured servicemen and women get the services they need.

     
  174.  
    1002:

    Jim Murphy says Labour was the first party to sign a military covenant with the armed forces and it's an achievement to be proud of. He says the government needs to do more to protect the pay of the armed forces - and that soldiers are seeing their wages fall.

     
  175.  
    0958:

    Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy opens the discussion on the UK's role in the world.

     
  176.  
    0952:

    Glenis Wilmott, leader of Labour in the European Parliament, says the prime minister's attitude to Europe is too macho, after he described how he was always ready for an ambush: "David Cameron is a disturbing cocktail of John Wayne and Alan Partridge."

     
  177.  
    0951: Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph

    tweets: Greatly liking #Labour low-key, small zone, no searches security. Gives #labconf nice, retro almost - whisper it - Lib Dem feel

     
  178.  
    0949:

    Ellie Reeves, a member of Labour's National Executive Committee, warns of the rise of far-right groups in Europe, in the wake of financial pressures in places like Greece. She adds: "Lets kick fascism and racism out of Europe once and for all."

     
  179.  
    0941:

    Speaking in a session about co-operatives, MP Gareth Thomas says football clubs in the UK could run as fan-based outfits similar to those in Spain and Germany. If clubs get into trouble then fans should be able to organise a co-operative takeover to run as not-for-profit bodies, he argues.

     
  180.  
    0938:
    Sticks of rock

    Stallholders in the conference exhibition zone have been getting in to the seaside spirit.

     
  181.  
    0932:

    Some in-house business to start the day. A report on the day's agenda is read out.

     
  182.  
    0931:

    We are under way. Shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle is chairing the session.

     
  183.  
    0930:

    The conference hall is filling up ahead of the morning's events. A song about "waking up in Vegas" is playing on the PA system. Seems a tad incongruous.

     
  184.  
    0929:

    The first day of the conference in Brighton saw shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne call for the firm that carries out "fitness-for-work" tests on disability claimants to be sacked. He says Atos, a french-run company, is getting too many tests wrong, which is leaving some disabled people without the money they're entitled to.

     
  185.  
    0927:

    There could be some pay back from union bosses today, following Ed Milliband's previous announcement of changes to union affiliation to the party. The GMB boss Paul Kenny, who's announced the union will be cutting its funding to the party by 90%, said they wouldn't bin 100 years of shared history for "a gimmick".

     
  186.  
    0924:

    So what's been happening ahead of today's action in the conference hall? Ed Balls says he wants the government's spending watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), to check through Labour's spending plans for its 2015 manifesto, ahead of the next election. He says it will help to rebuild people's trust in politics because the public will have more faith in the figures put out by each of the parties. But the OBR says it wouldn't be able to do it under its current remit.

     
  187.  
    0922:
    Ed Balls

    Ed Balls has been limbering up for his speech over the weekend with a little football. The shadow chancellor was part of a Labour XI taking on the press. He is due to speak at about 12:10 BST.

     
  188.  
    0917:

    The future global role of the UK will come under discussion this morning, with shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander, shadow international development secretary Ivan Lewis and shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy taking part. Later, there will be speeches by shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker.

     
  189.  
    0914:

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of day two of the Labour Party conference from Brighton. There's a busy day ahead, as shadow chancellor Ed Balls speaks on the future of the UK economy. He will also announce that Labour would increase the amount of free childcare for three and four-year-olds in England from 15 to 25 hours a week. This would be funded by increasing the bank rate levy, he will say.

     

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.