As a photographer who is more used to taking pictures of bands, tackling conference was certainly a new challenge.
From the fringe meetings, headline speeches and of course Ed Miliband’s own jammy sandwiches, there was no shortage of subject material, including some fantastic cultural entertainment in the main hall arranged by Ed Vaizey.
During my many tours of the ICC looking for those ‘conference moment’ photos, beyond all the usual joviality was a serious message, one borne out in the passion and conviction of every delegate I spoke to. The country doesn’t want Westminster to be a talking shop, the country expects action to rebuild our economy and ensure future generations can fulfil their full potential.
In coalition that’s exactly what we are doing and from the speeches at fringe meetings to the debate over coffee in the Hyatt, it was clear that this was a Conference determined to keep up the momentum established since David Cameron became Prime Minister.
This was a conference working together in the national interest, pushing the boundaries of debate to ensure Britain can overcome the legacy left by thirteen years of Labour rule and tackle the challenges we face with vigour.
So, until Manchester 2011, here are some of my personal highlights captured from the past few days.