Luciana Berger: Labour Party Conference 2012 diary - day three
Today Labour's leader Ed Miliband gave his speech to party conference.
This is usually the most anticipated part of the week and this year was no exception.
Ed delivered a passionate and at times very personal speech setting out his values and his vision for a one nation Britain, where we all work together to rebuild the country.
Ed highlighted how he would offer a different approach to the failed economic policies of the Lib Dem-Tory coalition, where a Labour Government would do the best thing for all rather than a minority at the top. Whether that means taking on the banks so that work in the interests of consumers again or taking on the big energy companies who enjoy record profits while millions struggle to keep warm.
As Councillor Nick Small wrote about on this blog earlier, one of the main announcements to come out of the speech was a commitment to build an education system that works for all. Ed warned that for too long political parties have focused too heavily on those young people who go to university. Instead, Labour would radically reform vocational education and set out a new approach, including a Tech-Bac and action to drive up the number of apprenticeships, so we use the talents of the "forgotten 50 per cent" - the young people who do not go to university.
Outside of the main conference business I joined council leaders from around the country along with Friends of the Earth to discuss how local authorities can play a role in promoting green jobs and delivering carbon reductions.
It was good to highlight some of the innovative work that we are doing in Liverpool, as well as hearing from other councils who are taking a proactive lead on this agenda. Whilst other councils have different approaches, what was clear was that the government are not providing them with enough support, incentives and resources to deliver as effectively as they would like. This is something that myself and the shadow energy and climate change team will challenge this Lib Dem-Tory government to deliver on in Parliament.