Leaders of the opposition: Protesters at Tony Blair's last party conference

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LEBANON: ABDURAHMAN JAFAR, 34, BARRISTER, FROM LONDON

"We are protesting because we are enraged by the Prime Minister's refusal to condemn the attacks on civilians and call for a ceasefire in the Middle East. We don't want his replacement to go along with playing second fiddle to the US administration."

IRAQ: WENDY MCCARTHY, 42, HEALTH PRACTITIONER, FROM SHROPSHIRE

"Many mothers like me who have sons serving in the Iraq conflict are joining the Military Families against the War protest, alongside the women whose husbands and sons have died. Tony Blair still does not want to listen to women like me."

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: JIM BRANN, 55, MODEL MAKER, FROM LONDON

"We think there is no basis for Britain to have nuclear weapons. When they are used as a case for war in Iran, the idea that we should have a new generation of nuclear weapons is preposterous. If I could talk to the Labour Party, I would tell them to stop Trident."

AFGHANISTAN: HETTY BOWER, 100, RETIRED CLERICAL WORKER, FROM LONDON

"I have been a pacifist all my life and I will arrive in Manchester today on the 'Peace Train'. We now find ourselves in Afghanistan through a policy which is utterly wrong. The risks are untold. Why on earth are we there? We have Tony Blair to thank for that."

ASYLUM: EMMA GINN, 40, LEGAL JUSTICE CAMPAIGNER, FROM BEDFORD

"I want to make sure that the victims of the wars Tony Blair is pursuing are heard about. A number of those who seek refuge in this country have taken their lives rather than been repatriated. Many have harmed themselves. That's why I will be in Manchester."

CLIMATE CHANGE: BEN STEWART, 32, ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNER, FROM KENT

"Climate change is the greatest threat our civilisation has ever faced. The Labour Party has always claimed to be the party of social justice. Well, the poor will be hit hardest and fastest by global warming. We just hope the politicians are ready to listen."

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