Guest blog: Alison McGovern's Labour party conference diary, day 5
There was another chance to see our great new leader on the platform today as Ed Miliband took part in a Q&A.
Our Labour friend, the marvellous Eddie Izzard, chaired the session, and also spoke briefly (but passionately) about Labour having made Britain a better place.
Speaking to members around the conference centre this afternoon, I could tell how impressed they were with both Eds (Miliband and Izzard). Ed M particularly emphasised the need to recruit new Labour members and build up our party. We've had a new member join every minute since the election, but there is always room for more!
Meanwhile, I had a meeting this morning with local Unison trade union officials and representatives. Frank Hont, head of Unison in the north west, explained to me their fears for the NHS and local government.
I know staff in public services are fearful of the Tory's plans that risk a double-dip recession. So Labour conference is a great chance to get together with like-minded people and work out what can be done.
And, as Andy Burnham said today: 'Thousands of PCT staff have been told they are expendable It's no way to treat people who helped put the NHS back in its feet.'
Of course, I'm disappointed that David Miliband won't be on the front bench we we get back to Westminster. But I'm very proud of all the work he did in government to help areas like Merseyside, and I know he will go on to great things in the future.