holds its North West conference in Southport
- Labour in Southport for Regional
Conference Politicians and members from across the region
gathered in Southport (Floral Hall) to attend the Labour Party's North West Regional Conference.
Around three hundred delegates and visitors arrived to take part in the
Delegates were given their chance to grill the politicians when health minister, Hazel Blears, education minister, Ivan Lewis and home office minister, Bev Hughes, took to the stage for a question and answer session on the state of the public services.
Also high on the agenda was a document looking at the possibility of directly elected regional government for the North West. The Government is to shortly launch a White Paper on regional devolution and delegates took the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the issue.
As well as a unique, social occasion, the conference helps to formulate national Labour party policy.
- A Labour Party spokesmen said:-
"We are delighted to be back in Southport and back at the Floral Hall. The conference has been a huge success and our delegates have really enjoyed Southport's hospitality"
One question asked to the MP's was "When will we have the
guts and the will to sort the tax system out"
MP Derek Twigg's reply "Steven Byers wants a more fair tax system put in place"
On hand were Hazel Blears, Ivan Lewis, Derek Twigg and Southport Labour Party's fundraisers plus Helen Jones MP for Warringhton North. Junior Health Minister Hazel Blears,
who are pictured by Phil on the news forum page.
- First report above by Phil
Rodwel and photographs on the page by Patrick Trollope.
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