Labour Conference: Blackpool Illuminated

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GOOD DAY

Tribal Labour, after Ken Jackson, AEEU general secretary, was loudly applauded when stressing he wanted a Labour debate on electoral reform, not a Liberal Democrat deal

BAD DAY

Ron Davies, the Secretary of State for Wales. Only Welsh delegates stood to give him an ovation after his speech, the rest of the conference remaining seated for its applause

REBEL OF THE DAY

Kathleen Hewitt, delegate from the City of Durham Constituency Labour Party, attacking the decision by David Blunkett to award Chris Woodhead a pay increase of 46 per cent. She said: "It is nothing short of a kick in the teeth to teachers"

SOUNDBITE OF THE DAY

David Blunkett on school repairs: "Another New Labour pledge is toilets for children - warm, available and inside"

BEST FRINGE MEETING

Peter Mandelson speaking about the Dome at the Millennium Experience fringe meeting. Poshest event so far with "nouvelle" pizza canapes at the Imperial Hotel

BEST PARTY

Yorkshire Television, attended by the Countdown presenter, Richard Whiteley, who started his career on the network

CLAPOMETER

Robin Cook proved he still had the support of his party when he was given a 50 second-long standing ovation, registering at 100 dB

David Blunkett came close second with his proposals to crack down on truancy, receiving a 90 second-long standing ovation, with 91dB

Jack Straw was given an encouraging 45-second standing ovation, with 90 dB

Donald Dewar was given a passable 32 seconds of standing ovation, with 70 dB while Ron Davies was given 25 seconds of applause, most enthusiastically by Welsh delegates, and registered 78dB

TODAY'S BUSINESS

Morning: Speeches by George Robertson, Defence Secretary, and Clare Short, International Development Secretary

Closing Speech by John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister

Conference ends

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