As it happened: Wednesday at the Labour Party conference 2012

Key points

  • Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham pledges to repeal the NHS Act and "restore the N in NHS" if Labour is re-elected
  • Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has called for police watchdog the IPCC to be replaced with a new Police Standards Authority
  • Following his One Nation Labour speech yesterday, party leader Ed Miliband took questions from delegates

Live text

Reporting:

  • Pippa Simm 
  • Ed Lowther 
  • Alasdair Rendall 

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Wednesday's action at the Labour Party conference. Following his widely acclaimed speech to conference yesterday afternoon, Labour leader Ed Miliband returns for a Q&A session with delegates at 2.15pm.

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But there's plenty happening before that too, with keynote speeches from shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and the shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham.

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But first, delegates turn their attention to a motion entitled "crime, justice, citizenship and equalities".

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The BBC's Norman Smith tweets about some cosmetic conference changes: Backdrop to Labour Conference set now been rebranded. Gone is Re-building Britian. Hello....One Nation #lab12

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Some brutal honesty from National Executive Committee member Jim Kennedy just now. "I hope you've all had some strong coffee this morning because this is a fairly laborious and boring speech," he told them.

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Also coming up, at 11.05am, is a debate on "rebuilding our NHS".

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One Nation backdrop And here's that new conference backdrop in all its glory.

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The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, is on his feet addressing delegates. He says Labour's challenge at the next general election is to "spell out" how it will repair the "damage" caused to the country by the coalition.

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Ed Miliband Ed Miliband prepares for a busy day on the TV interview circuit

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From the BBC's Kayte Rath, in Manchester: Those wanting to get a memento of Ed Miliband's big speech were in luck this morning. Labour Students were selling hard copies of the 7,500 word speech for the princely sum of £3. Plenty of people seemed happy to part with their cash for this little bit of history.