I attended the Labour party spring conference at the Sage in Gateshead. The Sage is a fantastic new building, built by the two Labour councils of Newcastle and Gateshead. Sandwiched between the Tyne bridge and the Millenium Bridge, it definitely has a big wow factor as you walk up to it. Very impressive piece of architecture and it's equally fantastic inside.
Iain McCartney says that Britain is a "Nation of Renaissance" and that the Sage is a great example of this.
John Prescott rallies the troops but it's hard for him as he has almost lost his voice.
- One million women earn more now thanks to the minimum wage
- Six million families benefit from Tax Credits
- Maternity leave doubled to 26 weeks
- Child benefit now £17 (not means tested)
He also says that neither the Tories nor the Liberal-Democrats have called a Commons debate on the economy, reflecting the sound monetary prudence of Gordon Brown.
After the speeches there was a session on local government, which was excellently chaired by Sir Jeremey Beecham. I then went on to a drinks reception - well its not all work - where I had a long discussion with members of Labour's National Executive Committee.