opportunity to attend my first party conference as a bursary winner with the NCVO
in my home town of Liverpool had enough pull factors. On the train to Liverpool
I was questioning not so much the importance of the first annual Labour conference in
Liverpool since 1925 as the so-called progress made by
Labour over 13 years in pole position. I heard lots of talk about the
significant investment made by Labour which transformed Liverpool. However,
coming from the inner-city district of Toxteth, I found this debatable, because if you look beyond a newly developed city centre, gross inequalities
and long-term unemployment remain.