I've just had a call from my colleague at 18 Doughty Street, Ben Jacques, to say that he has been refused entry to the Labour Party Conference. He is there to film fringe events and interviews conducted by Mark Hanson, who has been admitted with no problem (but then again, he is a Labour Party member). Ben's pass application was submitted several weeks ago, along with his payment. Dorset Police called to check his details so the Labour Party must have processed his application. We don't know yet whether they took payment.
When he went to collect the pass he was told he couldn't have it as they had only a limited number of media spaces and he wasn't "a priority". When asked why, he was told: "You're not as big as the Mirror". Or likely to be as supportive, I suppose.
So this begs the question, if they weren't going to let him in, why did they process his application in the first place, and why did they let him travel 180 miles to be refused entry?
So we now have the wonderful position of having a reporter there but no one able to film him. Great.
UPDATE: Sorted. We have found someone with an existing pass who can use a camera.