Labour Conference: Blackpool Illuminated

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GOOD DAY

Tony Blair got all three Blairites on to the NEC and kept Dennis Skinner off

BAD DAY

John Prescott stunned delegates with his overlong Beatle mop, proving that he is resisting any "Blairite" makeover - in sharp contrast to his perfectly coiffured wife Pauline.

REBEL OF THE DAY

Peter Temple-Morris - so rebellious that he defected from the Tories to Labour - made his first platform speech on Northern Ireland, attacking his former party's lack of initiative during the peace process

SOUNDBITE OF THE DAY

John Prescott on squeezing the fat cats in private rail companies: "When it comes to railways, I'm no Virgin"

BEST FRINGE MEETING

Dance of the dinosaurs from the diehard left-wing group of Labour MPs ,"The Socialist Campaign Group", with Tony Benn, Dennis Skinner and Ken Livingstone

BEST PARTY

Cheap champagne until throwing out time at the ITN party in the Stakis Hotel

CLAPOMETER

Mo Mowlam topped the clapometer yet again ... and was given a 90-second standing ovation, with 110 dB

John Prescott's pledge to squeeze fat cats appealed to delegates and he was given a 48-second standing ovation, with 90dB

Frank Dobson could not compete despite more money for the NHS. He was given a 30-second standing ovation, with 90 dB

TODAY'S BUSINESS

Morning: Speeches by the Welsh Secretary, Ron Davies, and the Scottish Secretary, Donald Dewar, on devolution

Emergency motion on electoral reform

Emergency motion on the need for better local government

Address by the Education and Employment Secretary, David Blunkett

Afternoon: Speech by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw

On the fringes: Fabian Society, speakers include Jack Straw, 12.45pm, Imperial Hotel; Campaign Against Arms Trade, chaired by Chris Mullin MP, 1pm Ruskin Hotel; BBC "Safe in Labour's Hands?", 6pm at the Opera Lounge Bar, in the Winter Gardens; Labour Left Briefing, Annual Politically Incorrect Quiz, 8.30pm White's Bar

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