Labour launches review of policing
Labour has sought to position itself as the party of law and order, launching a review of policing policy headed by a former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
The party's annual conference was addressed for the first time ever by the chairman of the Police Federation, Paul McKeever, who told delegates that officers felt "greatly unloved" by the coalition Government.
Mr McKeever's presence at the Liverpool conference, where he shook hands on-stage with leader Ed Miliband, sparked criticism from Conservatives.
And Mr Miliband himself had to fend off criticism from the business community following his speech in which he pledged to use tax and regulation to take on "predators" and "asset-strippers".
Former Labour trade minister and CBI chief Lord Jones branded the speech "divisive and a kick in the teeth" to business.
But Mr Miliband took to the airwaves in a series of TV and radio interviews to insist that his approach was "not anti-business but anti-business as usual".
He denied making a lurch to the left, insisting that Labour would remain "firmly in the middle ground of politics", but added: "The middle ground is changing."
His "new bargain" with the British people would involve breaking with the political orthodoxies which have held sway since the Thatcher era, and were left largely unchanged by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Lady Thatcher created "a culture, an ethic, an idea that as long as people maximise their short-term interest everything will be okay in business and elsewhere", he said.
Mr Miliband also dissociated himself from elements in the conference audience who jeered Mr Blair's name.