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  1. Labour Party conference is taking place in Manchester
  2. Sessions from: 09:30-12:45 and 14:15-16:00
  3. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls set out range of policy pledges
  4. Also debates on foreign affairs and Northern Ireland
  5. Questions remain about UK devolution after Scottish referendum

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm, Alex Hunt, Victoria Park and Kristiina Cooper

All times stated are UK

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That's a wrap

That concludes our live online coverage of Monday at the Labour Party conference. Business in the main hall resumes on Tuesday from 09.30 BST with speeches from environment spokeswoman Maria Eagle, shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint and shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh. For more of what happened today, including Ed Balls' speech, click on the Key Video tab above, or keep up with the latest programming by clicking on the Live Coverage tab. Andrew Neil will be broadcasting a round-up of events and views on Today at Conference on BBC Two from 23:20 BST. These will be available online soon afterwards.

More press comment

Some more reaction to Ed Ball's speech, from the

Independent. The paper's political editor Andrew Grice notes that Labour has "softened its opposition to expansion at Heathrow Airport despite Ed Miliband's previous hostility to the building of a third runway there".

What the papers say

So what do the papers have to say about Ed Ball's announcements today? The

Daily Mail concludes that the shadow chancellor's "major speech" was an attempt to "improve his economic credibility", make a pitch for the family vote, and to apologise for Labour's past "mistakes". Meanwhile, the
Financial Times is headlining with: "Ed Balls's deficit hawkishness fails to impress".

Labour MP Emma Reynolds

tweets: @DanJarvisMP has written a powerful case for why vote #Labour in 2015. Really pleased to contribute.

Director of Centre for Social Justice, Christian Guy

tweets: I had forgotten the terribly awkward silence between the end of a sentence & the hoped for applause in political party conference speeches.

Editor of, Paul Waugh

tweets: So, is EdM going to use a 'super' mansion tax to help fund the NHS? Lots of folks joining dots in @DPMcBride

Labour's Deputy Leader in the Lords, Philip Hunt

tweets: Latest Ashcroft poll gives Labour 6% lead over Tories. Lab-33%. Tory 27%. L\D 9%. UKIP 17%.

'Rediscover the hope'

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Ivan Lewis warns that the political situation in NI is at its most fragile for many years. He says the NI Executive has failed to make progress on legacy issues such as flags, parades and the past. He calls on the prime minister to help end the stalemate. It is important, he says, for NI to rediscover the hope that led to peace.

Farage petition

Stepping away from conference for a moment, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is urging people to sign a petition demanding that Scottish MPs stop voting on matters that only affect England. He also wants a full debate on changing the Barnett Formula, which allocates money to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The move is a response to Westminster party leaders' pledges to devolve more powers to Scotland if the country voted against independence.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Ivan Lewis is the last of today's big speakers. The conference is now voting on party matters.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Ivan Lewis

What about Surrey?

Spare a thought for the working people of Surrey, says Labour's candidate in Guildford Richard Wilson. He said all 11 Surrey MPs were Conservative - people had "been used to voting Tory". But they have "the same struggle" and there are three food banks in Guildford, he adds.

BBC News website reader

I am very disappointed in Ed Balls' proposal to cap child benefit for a further year if Labour regain power after the next election. As a working mother I earn around £28K a year but my husband stays at home so we only have my salary to live on, but it is just over the maximum salary for working tax credits so we are not entitled to any extra benefits aside from child benefit. £20.50 a week really doesn't go very far.

The Guardian's Andrew Sparrow

blogs: My colleague Martin Kettle was in the hall for the Scottish speeches. He thinks Ed Miliband missed an opportunity.
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Rachel Reeves addresses conference

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves

Unite to push on wages

Following his speech to conference this morning, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

tells the BBC's World at One programme that Labour must go back to listening to ordinary working people "and not take them for granted". He also says his union will push for an immediate increase in the national minimum wage, unsatisfied with Labour's timescale to increase it - to £8 - over the course of a five-year parliament.

Your comments on Ed Balls' speech

BBC News website readers comment on the BBC story

Ed Balls sets out priorities for 'first Labour Budget'. turfssays: Mr Balls said Labour was serious about "balancing the books". How can you balance the books when the Treasury borrows money from the Bank of England at a rate of interest so there will always be a national debt? JH writes: Labour intend to increase the minimum wage to £8/hour by 2020. The current living wage for London is £8.80. How can they present this as a policy and not be ashamed? Labour are no longer the party of the people. essexash comments: Just remind us Ed, what was the deficit at the end of Labour's reign compared to what it is now?

James Kirkup and the Telegraph's political team

blog: Guess who Ed Miliband didn't thank for saving the Union from Scottish independence.
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Political columnist for the FT, Janan Ganesh

tweets: Most politicians say partisan hate is bad and then give in to it. I suspect Chuka Umunna means it. Never seems at ease with tribal rancour.

Jack Sommers for The Huffington Post

writes: Keith Vaz Tells Labour Party Conference To Watch Chuka Umunna And Douglas Alexander Do Gangnam Style

Balancing trick

Can Ed Balls be austere enough? That's the question our economics editor Robert Peston

addresses in his latest blog. He says the shadow chancellor has a difficult trick to pull off: to be seen to be austere and fiscally righteous but not as austere as George Osborne, "because then there would be little reason to vote Labour".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's World at One, shadow Treasury minister Chris Leslie said that in order to rebuild trust Labour "can't make promises that we can't afford to keep". He said the party must prove that it is prepared to take "tough decisions" - and insisted Labour could balance the nation's books.

BBC's Chris Mason, in Manchester

tweets: Ed Balls announces cuts to child benefit if Labour win election.
My report for @bbcnews @bbcone @bbcpolitics

Prentis pay plea

Labour must stand up for the squeezed middle, says Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, but it must also look after "our betrayed base". He says hardworking people are having to make appalling choices - buy food or stay warm. Unison's NHS workers in England have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay. Mr Prentis is calling on the Labour leadership to support Unison members.

Labour MP Chris Bryant

tweets: @RachelReevesMP just proved what an excellent Secretary of State she'll be - and what a difference labour will make on poverty and welfare

Trust and the economy

Do voters trust Labour to run the economy? That's what the World at One's Martha Kearney was asking

earlier today on BBC Radio 4. She spoke to local residents in Manchester and Ipsos MORI's head of political research, Gideon Skinner.

Labour candidate Jamie Hanley

tweets: @RachelReevesMP giving excellent speech #lab14 confirming Labour will scrap #bedroomtax and make work pay

Editor of Total Politics, Sam Macrory

tweets: Scotland snub! Ed Miliband thanks Darling, Murphy, Alexander, Sarwar, Harman, campaigners everywhere. But no mention of Gordon Brown #Lab14

Assistant editor, The Spectator, Isabel Hardman

tweets: Ooohh. Ed Miliband thanks the unions who bravely took a stand and said UK was better together. Not a dig at Len McCluskey and Unite at all.


To be honest I would not let Ed Balls loose with my change let alone the nation's finance. And believe me two Eds are not better than one!

Mail Online deputy political editor, Tom McTague

writes: Winston Churchill was a 'racist and white supremacist' claims Labour candidate, to the fury of the war leader's grandson.
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Smile for the camera

Here's Ed Miliband on stage with colleagues involved in the campaign to keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom. Cue music and a jolly clap-along.

Ed Miliband and Labour members

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves says her first act if Labour came to power would be to scrap the "bedroom tax" - the changes to housing benefit that the government calls the "spare room subsidy". Ms Reeves says: "That day cannot come soon enough." She adds that she has written to the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg today urging him to support Labour on this issue.

Ed Miliband and senior Labour members look on as Alistair Darling speaks
Ed Miliband and senior Labour members look on as Alistair Darling - who led the Better Together campaign - discusses the Scottish referendum result

Thanks all round from the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, for the part played by key Labour figures in the Better Together campaign. MPs, MSPs, unions and party workers all got a mention. Joking that it was starting to sound a bit like the Oscars, Mr Miliband called the major players up on stage for a photo-call.

Mood box

What do Labour Party delegates think about plans to limit Scottish MPs' voting rights on English matters? Daily Politics reporter Adam Fleming took the mood box - an unscientific test with a box and plastic balls - to get reaction from the conference in Manchester. He asked delegates whether they thought Scottish MPs should be banned, or not, from voting in Westminster on matters that only affect England.

Here's their verdict.

'Moral crusade'

A passionate speech from the Scottish Labour leader, Johann Lamont. She calls hunger a moral crime and says Labour's goal is a "truly just society". If the Labour party is not a moral crusade, she says, "then we are nothing".

Nick Hunt

tweets: @BBCPolitics Increase the minimum wage, scrap the bedroom tax. Who'll pay? Haven't we had enough of Labour's tax and spend culture? #Labour

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont's speech received a very warm welcome from conference delegates.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont

Alan Anderson

tweets: @BBCPolitics Whilst I understand the theory, are there any real examples of England suffering as a result of Scottish MPs involvement?

Labour MEP Richard Howitt

tweets: Leader @GlenisWillmott told #Lab14 Conference that @EuroLabour MEPs will never support a #TTIP EU-US trade deal which includes our #NHS