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For those of you unable to follow every minute of the Labour conference, here is your handy cut out and keep guide to what happened.
Sunday: Conference opens. Renewed leadership speculation and questions over how long Tony Blair can stay on. Delegates gather in BBC’s vast Brighton headquarters, also doubling this year as the conference venue. BBC reporters interview three delegates from Stockport and pronounce the conference mood “strangely muted”.
Gordon Brown aligns himself with New Labour and says he will uphold its legacy when he takes over. Blairite loyalists anoint him as the next leader.
Monday AM: Gordon Brown’s conference speech. He distances himself from New Labour which he says he will “renew” when he takes over. Also says he was raised to “tell the truth”. This is seen as a direct attack on Blair and proof power is ebbing away from the prime minister.
Monday PM: Pundits say Mr Blair will have to use his speech to reassert his authority and prevent himself becoming a lame duck leader. Blair aides brief the press the prime minister will use his speech to make clear he is not standing down any time soon. This is seen as Blair rebuff to Brown.
Tuesday: Mr Blair declares he is not standing down any time soon, using his speech to reassert his authority and show he is no lame duck leader. Declaring himself a “changemaker”, he promises no change of leadership soon. This is seen as a direct attack on Brown. Cherie Blair backs her husband as prime minister - this is seen as proof he will not let power ebb away. Blairite loyalists say Mr Brown will have to wait to be next leader.
Unions win conference vote to end ban on secondary picketing. Ministers say they will ignore vote.
Charles Clarke heralds new war on terrorism.
Wednesday: Ruth Kelly heralds new war on Bunterism. Conference votes for end to creeping privatisation of NHS. Ministers pledge to ignore the vote. Jack Straw says British troops are staying in Iraq for the sake of democracy. BBC journalists interview each other. Pronounce the mood “strangely muted”.
Thursday: Conference ends. Renewed leadership speculation and questions over how much longer Tony Blair can stay on.
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