Labour North Conference

Members and supporters of the Labour Party attended their regional conference at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle today. Following an introduction to the stage by Newcastle North MP Chi Onwurah, party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the conference reiterating that the north maintains strong Labour support and is an area with many proud traditions. He also outlined his party’s plans for a ‘Northern Powerhouse’, spoke about the NHS, the economy and the forthcoming EU referendum.

Among those speaking or taking part in Question and Answer sessions during the event, which was well attended by members from all across the region, were Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Angela Eagle, the Shadow Business Secretary and Shadow First Secretary of State, Pat Glass, Shadow Europe Minister and Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Cabinet Office Minister.

During the conference lunchtime break there was a small demonstration outside the venue held by a number of EDL supporters who displayed a banner opposing refugees entering the country. Police officers were called after some verbal insults were shouted to some Labour members but otherwise the demonstration passed without incident.

 

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UKIP Annual Conference

On assignment for Getty Images recently I headed to Doncaster Racecourse to cover the UK Independence Party annual conference. After increasing their vote share following the May General Election campaign the UKIP conference this year focussed primarily on the campaign to leave the European Union ahead of the upcoming referendum on EU membership.

After two long, busy and very purple coloured days I’ve included some of what I shot, edited to black and white below….

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Grassroots – Hartlepool

I was on assignment yesterday for Getty Images covering the UK Independence Party North east conference held at the Borough Hall in Hartlepool. The event brought together members of the party to listen to a series of speakers from the party leadership including their party leader Nigel Farage, the Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall and the MEP for the north east region Jonathan Arnott.

The aim of the conference was to discuss a number of issues relating to the party and to help motivate delegates and UKIP members on the build up to the elections in May.

As with any political event like this it’s always a hectic day trying to get the pictures of the personalities and trying to catch some expressions and a bit of emotion – hopefully with eyeline to the camera – along with some pictures to show a bit of the background ‘colour’ as well as getting pictures of those delegates attending the event. Mixed in with all this you have to find the time to edit, caption and file pictures back to the desk several times through the day. But despite the chaotic nature of it all they’re still quite good fun to cover and in time you can learn to tune out to a degree much of what the various speakers might be going on about which sometimes helps!

Here’s just a small selection of pictures from the day…

 

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