Meridian's political correspondent Phil Hornby looks at what the Labour Party conference means for supporters in the South.
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Click video: The party is over. The leader of Southampton City Council has stepped down amid allegations he misled the public about a fellow councillor. Richard Williams dramatically resigned during a council meeting.
Jacqui Rayment has been elected as the new leader of Southampton City Council following the shock resignation of Richard Williams at a heated meeting in the city tonight.
Richard Williams is standing down as both leader and as a city councillor. His resignation was announced during a special meeting to consider a report over allegations that he had misled the public last year.
The meeting voted Cllr Jacqui Rayment (Lab) as the new Leader of the Council. The council’s annual general meeting is scheduled for 15th May, at which point the Leader for the year 2013-2014 will be elected.
– Cllr Jacqui Rayment, new leader of Southampton City Council
“I’d like to pay tribute to Richard for acting honourably and leaving the council today. I am humbled to have been elected until the council’s AGM. It’s a sad day for Southampton politics, but the work carries on. The administration has a clear vision for Southampton which we will continue to work towards.”
Labour peer, Baroness Helena Kennedy told Daybreak that she found the military element to Margaret Thatcher's funeral "unattractive", she said she would have preferred a much smaller affair.
"This kind of public ritual is in some ways replacing other things that have been lost and in some ways I think that is what this is about", she added.
Labour will suspend campaigning in the local elections until further notice following the death of Baroness Thatcher, senior party sources have told the Press Association.
Former PM Tony Blair has paid tribute to Lady Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher was a towering political figure.
Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast.
And some of the changes she made in Britain were, in certain respects at least, retained by the 1997 Labour Government, and came to be implemented by governments around the world.
As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.
Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life.
She will be sadly missed.
The Labour backbencher Austin Mitchell has described Labour finishing fourth in the Eastleigh by-election "a disaster":
Eastleigh disaster. Labour needs a nationalist appeal. The nation is being betrayed,weakened and sold down river.We sd say soFrom @AVMitchell2010 on Twitter:
The Labour party candidate John O'Farrell has tweeted on the morning after his defeat in the Eastleigh by election.
Mrs O'F just woke me with an affectionate 'Mornin' Loser!'From @mrjohnofarrell on Twitter:
Had hoped more would switch from Lib to Lab. Some did, but as many of ours went to UKIP. Lab % share up slightly. Result feels OK in contextFrom @mrjohnofarrell on Twitter:
The Labour leader has been in Eastleigh today campaigning on behalf of the party's candidate, the comedy writer John O'Farrell. Ed Miliband said this by-election was all about living standards and how people were struggling to make ends meet.
He said Labour was the only party prepared to do something about this as Heather Edwards reports.
Conservative - Maria Hutchings
Labour - John O'Farrell
Liberal Democrats - Mike Thornton
UK Independence Party - Diane James
National Health Action - Iain MacLennan
Peace Party - Jim Duggan
Independent - Danny Stupple
English Democrats - Mike Walters
Monster Raving Loony Party - Alan Hope
Wessex Regionalists - Colin Bex
Elvis Loves Pets - David Bishop
The Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party - Ray Hall
Christian Party - Kevin Milburn
Trade Unionists and Socialists - Daz Procter