Over the weekend the Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party held our last annual Conference before the General Election, which was held at Leeds Beckett University's excellent Rose Bowl facilities.
Regional Conference saw over 250 Labour Party members, delegates, MPs, MEPs and Councillors attend a series of events alongside 8 members of the Shadow Cabinet and representatives of the trade union movement.
Conference began with a speech by the Leader of Labour Party and MP for Doncaster North the Rt. Hon. Ed Miliband MP.
Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Wakefield, Mary Creagh led a discussion on Labour's Approach to International Development.
Mary was joined by Linda McAvan MEP for Yorkshire and Humber and Chair of the European Parliament International Development Committee and Jane East Labour's PPC for Colne Valley, who has had a career dedicated to international development, having held senior roles in both Amnsety International and Christian Aid.
The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Morley and Outwood, Rt. Hon. Ed Balls MP, was joined by Nigel Foster President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce and the prominent Leeds-based entrepreneur and campaigner Anj Handa, for a discussion around Labour's Better Plan for Britain's Prosperity.
Michael Dugher MP. Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Transport spoke to delegates about Labour's plans to improve the region's roads, rail and buses.
Staying with the economy, Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey delivered his quarterly Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin to conference.
Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and MP for Leeds Central Hillary Benn MP, was joined by Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council and the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones. to discuss Labour's plans for local Government and devolution.
At the end of a long but stimulating day conference was concluded by Rt. Hon. Rosie Winterton, Labour Party Chief Whip and MP for Doncaster Central.