Labour Party Conference delegates in Manchester stood for a minute's silence in memory of former Labour energy minister Malcolm Wicks, who has died at 65.
Maggie Mansell, chairwoman of the Croydon North Constituency Labour Party, said: "Malcolm was a leader.
"He inspired everyone who worked with him to do their best and then do better.
"Malcolm was first and foremost a family man... we want to give them time as a family to feel their loss."
Two goals from the Shadow Chancellor and one from the Shadow Health Secretary were enough to see off a toothless Press Lobby XI.
Ed Miliband said Labour would reverse the coalition's cut in the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p "if there was an election tomorrow".
Ed Miliband will use his party conference to attempt to convince voters he could lead Britain out of recession. He has work to do.