Labour Party Conference

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The full interview: Ed Miliband

The Labour leader says his first priority as Prime Minister would beto get young unemployed people into work. Ed Miliband made the comments in an interview with ITV Tyne Tees, on the final day of his party's conference in Manchester.

Mr Miliband said the party would consider reinstating a North East regional development agency. He also said Labour would look at different options for the future running of the rail network. Watch Helen Ford's full interview with Ed Miliband here on ITV News Online.

Why do party conferences matter?

Each year hundreds of delegates attend the annual party conferences.Leaders are cheered and journalists pick over the contents of speeches.

But what is the relevance of these gatherings beyond the conference floor?

What impact do they have on constituents back home?

Helen Ford has been getting the thoughts of an MP and councillor.


Monday at Labour Party Conference

How can the North East prosper? That was the question being posed at the Labour Party conference on Monday.

Transport, training and trade all came under the spotlight.

While in the main hall, the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, was outlining his plans for growth.


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