YESTERDAY AT THE CONFERENCE

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS IN BRIGHTON
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MAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Permit creation of new grammar schools

More support for beef farmers

Extra pounds 200m a year to be spent on more doctors and nurses

Restoration of national pay bargaining for nurses

Scrap Child Support Agency. Maintenance cases to be settled in family courts

Diluted pledge on overseas aid

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"New Labour have replaced any idea of the dictatorship of the proletariat with the dictatorship of the secretariat." Tony Greaves, Liberal councillor and fundamentalist

"I'm not a `lady in red', I'm a woman in banana." Rebuke to chair as she selected a speaker at the Voices of Women fringe

STEVE NORRIS

former Tory transport minister's witty speech went down well on the fringe

DAVID BELLOTTI

ex-MP keeping a low profile. Chief executive of troubled Brighton football club hunted by angry fans

LORD (BILL) RODGERS

grumblings that he only shows up for fringes in the media eye then pops back to London

THE CROWD PULLERS ON THE FRINGE

Tony Greaves, veteran councillor, talking about "Why we don't want to get into bed with Labour" - 100 plus in pokey room

Steve Norris, on Integrated Transport for London - as much for notoriety as his views - 100 plus

Don Foster, education spokesman, opening the way to more grammar schools and adding archly "Read my lips, Liberal Democrats oppose selection".

THE PARTY TO BE SEEN AT

Glee Club - the only place for the party faithful on the last night conference - songs, sketches and copious pints into the small hours

SIGHTINGS

John Cleese, actor, and Alan Price, musician, both Lib Dem supporters

RAPTUREMETER

Simon Hughes (health)

Menzies Campbell (foreign)

Paul Tyler (farms)

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TODAY'S BUSINESS

Debates on Burma, rape victims, and housing. Closing speeches from Alan Beith, deputy leader, Baroness (Shirley) Williams and Lord (Richard) Holme Compiled by Stephen Goodwin

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