Ex-soldiers from the Midlands have been having their say at the Labour party conference in Manchester.
It came on the day Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP called on the country to adopt a war time spirit to take on the economic challenges that lie ahead.
Ed Miliband has been on stage at the start of the Labour Party's annual conference in Manchester.
Delegates from the Midlands are among those gathering to hear details of how life might change if the party were to regain power at the next election.
Earlier this week the Lib Dems met in Brighton for their annual party conference, next week Labour will hold theirs in Manchester, and then it's Birmingham's turn as the Conservatives come to town.
The conference, which starts on October 7th, will pump millions into the local economy.
As Nick Clegg looks to revive battered spirits at the party's annual conference in Brighton, he has sent a message to the Midlands: "people will be better off from April next year because the Lib Dems have taken the big decisions on income tax."
He was responding to the party's poor showing in recent opinion polls, which show the Lib Dems could lose half their seats at the next election.
There are currently only two Liberal Democrat MPs in the whole of the Midlands – Lorley Burt at Solihull and John Hemming at Birmingham Yardley. But, their embattled leader insists he can turn fortunes in their favour by 2015.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told Central News people in the Midlands will question whether the Liberal Democrats made the right decisions.