- Created: Tuesday, 14 April 2009 15:02
- Written by Robert Clough
The Labour Party conference took place as if in a state of siege, both physically and politically. Around the GMex conference in the centre of Manchester police had erected a ring of fortified barricades against the supposed threat of a car bomb attack. Delegates had to enter the conference area down walk ways with 10-foot high fences on either side. At the entrance in John Dalton Street, Labour Party officials vetted people for their delegate, press or visitor passes. They were assisted by two policemen toting submachine guns. Such weaponry was very much in evidence elsewhere around the GMex. Manchester’s finest were also very diligent in policing the small anti-war march – perhaps 3,000 strong – that wound its way past the conference centre on the Saturday before the conference started. Police cameramen were all over the march. There were attempts to arrest those who were wearing masks. Robert Clough reports.