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  1. Leader Ed Miliband's 65-minute speech promises more NHS staff, part-funded by a "mansion tax" and charges on tobacco companies
  2. He also promised a "better future" for working people, by raising the minimum wage, building more homes and creating more apprenticeships
  3. Earlier speeches covered transport and the environment

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By Pippa Simm, Jackie Storer, Victoria Park and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow

That wraps up our live text coverage of proceedings at the Labour conference today. It was a day when leader Ed Miliband set out some of his policies ahead of next year's general election. Chief among them were his plans to increase NHS funding by changing taxes. No doubt the reaction to the speech will feature heavily in tomorrow's newspapers. You can watch the whole thing, highlights and the response around the conference hall in Manchester by clicking on the Key Video tab And don't forget that Andrew Neil will bring us his round-up on BBC Two at 23:20 BST. If you can't stay up that late, catch it on the Live Coverage tab above. See you again for the final day of the conference tomorrow.

Back of a fag packet?

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham was quizzed on BBC Radio 4's PM programme about the details of the new funding sources for the NHS. On the mansion tax, he said Labour had erred on the side of caution by estimating that it would raise £1.2bn. Asked how the homes would be valued, Mr Burnham replied that the government already had an internal valuation scheme. Presenter Eddie Mair suggested that Mr Burnham had said earlier in the day that the Land Registry would be used and that a Labour colleague had said the sale value would be used. Eddie Mair added: "Are you sure this hasn't been drawn up on the back of the fag packet?" Mr Burnham replied that Ed Balls and his team had been working on the scheme for some time.


Len McCluskey was asked whether it was an inspirational speech. The smiling Unite leader told the BBC: "Well, perhaps inspiration is something he doesn't do." But he said people would see Ed Miliband as a "genuine guy" who would not tell any lies and help families.

Tobacco taxes

Labour plans for a tax on tobacco firms have not gone down well with some in the industry. Imperial Tobacco said: "The idea of a targeting a sole, legitimate business sector with an additional tax is totally unwarranted and unjust and should be dismissed immediately." The company said the UK tobacco industry is already subject to a "punitive high rate of excise" and warns that extra taxes will "place further pressure on jobs and livelihoods". It suggests: "The Labour Party would be better advised to concentrate on how to recover the many millions of pounds lost each year to the illicit trade."

Making the environment fashionable again...

Ed Miliband says David Cameron had made the environment "unfashionable" but harnessing the green economy was a key part of Labour's 10-year plan. There are proposals to create one million jobs in green technology, set up a green investment bank and insulate five million homes.

Mixed messages?

John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, says Ed Miliband's speech contained mixed messages for business. It had not focused on the economy and wealth creation "as much as we had hoped", he said, but he welcomed the call for a national housing drive. "Ultimately, businesses will judge politicians not on what they promise, but on what they deliver," he added.

BBC's Chris Mason


tweets: @bbcnews asks Unite Gen Sec Len McCluskey if Ed Miliband's speech was inspirational: "perhaps inspiration is something he doesn't do."

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Lesley Fallowfield, Brighton: Well done Ed Miliband, so hope that the country comes to its senses and returns a Labour government with a majority big enough to put these things into practice.

EU stance

Responding to the Labour leader's conference speech, Matthew Elliott, chief executive of Business for Britain, concludes that Ed Miliband "will find himself on the wrong side of history and voters" by ruling out an in/out referendum on the EU. Mr Miliband must "do more than pay lip service to EU reform by offering a referendum", he adds.

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RM in Manchester: My vote goes to Labour because they will protect the greatest institution in Britain - The NHS - The value of which will be known only when one faces a life threatening illness.

'Lazy and dangerous'

The TaxPayers' Alliance is critical of Ed Miliband's tax and spending plans. "This was sixth form socialism of the most uninspiring kind. It is lazy and dangerous to implement populist measures that won't raise the money politicians promise," chief executive Jonathan Isaby says. He also predicts that the "vindictive" mansion tax - on properties worth more than £2m - would eventually be extended to much less expensive homes.

Paul Brand, ITV


tweets: Lib Dems already joking that Miliband's speech was 'the one when Gareth stole the show #Lab14

Delivery delight

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, welcomed Ed Miliband's pledge of 3,000 more midwives for the NHS in England. "This shows that Ed Miliband and his team have listened to our concerns and to the evidence, and understand the value of midwives and the maternity team," she said. "It shows Ed Miliband understands the crucial role midwives play in ensuring the highest quality of care is available to women, their babies and indeed the whole family."

Excellent start

The green campaign group, Friends of the Earth, says that "finally Ed Miliband is putting climate change at the centre of Labour's plans". Energy campaigner Donna Hume called green jobs and energy saving an "excellent start" but urged Labour to ban fracking and phase out coal.

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tweets: @BBCNormanS @BBCPolitics Remember the word 'homes'. Ppl went houses not flats. They want outside space called a garden, & parking for the car.

Voting age

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman also adds his praise to Ed Miliband's speech - but he has concerns about his leader's pledge to lower the voting age to 16.

Shadow cabinet reaction

"It was very, very inspiring," says Labour chief whip Rosie Winterton of Ed Miliband's speech. "Magnificent... a feat of erudition, memory", comments Angela Eagle, shadow Commons leader and chairwoman of Labour's National Executive Committee. Ms Eagle adds that the speech focused on a long-term plan for the nation, with "sober" and "realistic" promises.

Unfinished business

It's time to complete the unfinished business of Lords reform, declared Ed Miliband "so we truly have a senate of the nations and regions". Words that got quite a bit of applause. A report by Labour Lords last June suggested getting rid of the remaining hereditary peers. But reforming the upper house - now the second largest assembly in the world - is a notoriously hard task. It's been going on for over 100 years.

Chris Ship, ITV


tweets: Given I said last year EdM gave a "great speech" - I feel it's ok to point out that this year's "wasn't as great" #Lab14

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Jennifer Voysey: I sat watching Mr. Milibands speech as I am recovering from a knee operation performed by our fabulous NHS. It would seem that he doesn't like any aspect of our country, he is doom and gloom merchant. I don't think he would ever stand up for the UK. There must be someone else in the Labour Party who would be more upbeat and optimistic.

More union reaction

Paul Kenny, the leader of the GMB union, says the message is clear: "if you value the NHS, support Labour." TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady is of the view that Ed Miliband spoke to the "real problems and worries of working people" - notably jobs, living standards, homes and the NHS. It's a policy agenda that will reconnect politics to voters, he concludes.

Quiet time

The once-packed hall now stands all but deserted. The delegates will be back tomorrow for the final business of the conference.

Conference hall wide shot

Paul Mason, Economics Editor Channel 4 News


Paul Mason

tweets: Okay so Miliband not exactly Nye Bevan in the rhetoric dept… but NHS pledge big, real and new; elected Senate & 16 y.o. votes also… labour market reforms i.e. self-employed are macro policy; aim is to turn employment growth into wage growth... nothing really said on deficit; nothing on national security - at times sounded like Cabinet Office not Downing St agenda

Union reaction

For Unite leader Len McCluskey, Ed Miliband's speech was "visionary" and set out a clear programme for protecting public services, in particular the NHS. "That is the message that will win Labour the election. We will see much more detail in the coming months and the British people will see a stark difference between a government for the many as opposed to a government for the rich," he says. Meanwhile, Unison leader Dave Prentis says no-one will now be in any doubt about what a Labour government would do in power: "He answered the questions about what he will do to help the young and unemployed, tackle housing and low pay and save the NHS."

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David Read: Did I miss the bit about immigration, or isn't that an important enough topic?

Speech reaction

Ed Miliband's promise to recruit more doctors, nurses, midwives and care workers if he wins the next election has been welcomed by the general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter. He says investing in nursing is "absolutely necessary, whoever wins the next election". It's also gone down well with the Royal College of Midwives, whose chief executive Cathy Warwick says it shows that Labour has "listened" and "understand the value of midwives and the maternity team".

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Chris, Cheltenham: It's not unlike a bad stand up show. Lots of meaningless anecdotes and sound bites, but everybody knows better than to take him at his word.

Health plan

The main political message from Ed Miliband was that Labour is the party of the NHS. The announcement on extra funding formed the centrepiece of his speech. There'll be an extra £2.5bn, mainly to pay for extra staff, he said, promising the money would be raised by getting more cash from corporate tax avoiders, people living in expensive properties and tobacco firms.

Miliband's 10-year plan

The key policy message from Ed Miliband today was that he has a 10-year plan for the UK. And he has six goals: 1) Raise the national minimum wage. 2) Break up banks and take power from Whitehall. 3) Create a million more "green" jobs. 4) Create more apprenticeships for school leavers. 5) Build more homes. 6) "Save" the NHS.

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Richard Walker: Instead of taxing the wealth creators out of house and home, we need to encourage ambitious people to build businesses and export our way to a stronger and more secure economy.

Feeling good?

Brian Wheeler, political reporter

The party faithful went away happy, as they always do when their leader speaks. But they were not as ecstatic as some conference audiences I have seen at the final rally before a general election. "That was the speech of a future prime minister," said one delegate from Wales. "Now he has to deliver." His friend said: "It was good, but why can't we have the pay rise for low-paid workers now? Why wait five years?" There were a few drooping eyelids in the hall during the first section of the speech, as Mr Miliband told anecdotes about people he had met, but the crowd woke up when he began attacking David Cameron and promising more jobs for the NHS. By my count, the Labour leader got a total of 70 rounds of applause, 15 laughs, 13 cheers and five standing ovations - two in response to his pledges on the NHS, one for a crack about Mr Cameron pandering to UKIP and, perhaps the biggest reaction of all, when he attacked the Daily Mail for saying his father "hated Britain". The final one came at the end of his address.

What about the name-dropping?

In his speech, Ed Miliband mentioned several people he'd met on his travels. Among them were Elizabeth, Josephine, Colin and, of course, Gareth. Why does he love such anecdotes so much? Well, he's not alone among politicians, according to this

feature by the BBC's Justin Parkinson.

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Justin Pearce in Portsmouth: I have been a Labour supporter since the miners' strike and I have never been so disillusioned with the shadow party. I work for an energy supplier and my wife is a nurse. We have never been so poor and it seems that the Labour Party are still trying to keep the big business and banking sector happy while not really helping the poor.

Tax avoiders

Why didn't Labour go after tax avoiders when the party was in power? A question from the BBC's Andrew Neil to shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. He replies that there's much greater awareness of the international loopholes used by corporations. And it is right for politicians to respond, he adds.

Brief Ed-counter

In all the hubbub, we forgot to mention that Ed Miliband's speech lasted only about 65 minutes - a quarter of an hour less than promised.

BBC's Ross Hawkins


tweets: Apprentice namechecked by Ed in speech asked if she'll vote Labour by LBC: I'll keep an open mind

1996 and all that

David Blunkett says Ed Miliband has "reached out" and had a conversation with the public. The former cabinet minister is asked how it compared to Tony Blair's powerful conference speech in 1996 - before he led Labour to victory the following year. Mr Blunkett tells Sky News it was not a "1996 moment". But that is because of the enormous challenges currently facing the world. A tub-thumping speech would not be believed now, he adds.

BBC's Peter Henley


tweets: Audience for Ed Miliband's speech being given this handy summary as they leave the hall at #LAB14.
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George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer


tweets: Ed Miliband didn't mention the deficit once. Extraordinary. If you can't fix the economy you can't fund the NHS

Economic amnesia?

Asked by the Daily Politics why Ed Miliband did not mention the economy during his speech, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham retorts: "You're joking?!"