OK, so this isn’t as big as the Clare Short exclusive, but the Daily is, I think, the first blog to use the Labour Party’s official blogging area in the conference exhibition.
Day 0 of Conference has thrown up a few things. Firstly, there are going to be some very angry party members who have come up to Conference, as in previous years, expecting to be able to get a last minute pass.
The re-named Late Accreditation Office (now called the Collection Point or something) is not accepting last-minute applications from anyone. People who have already applied are able to pick up their passes (and the office was very helpful with me, I have to say) but “police checks” mean that no one else gets to join in with the fun. One last-minute applicant, who applied over a week ago, was overheard being told that there was no guarantee that he’d get his pass before Monday.
Second is dodgy promo of the week. The early leader is Metronet, privatisers of London Underground. The passengers who faced huge delays for tube trains while Metronet’s engineering work ran over time in May probably could have done with the free bottles of water they are giving out with the message “refreshing the Tube”.