State-of-the-art control room at Labour party conference

25th September 2008

<p>Conference organisers at the 2008 Labour party conference breathed a sigh of relief when the event ended without a single security breach, reported the Tyldesley and Atherton Journal.</p><p>This success owed much to Greater Manchester Police''''s state-of-the-art control room which formed part of a special Home Office-funded security operation named Operation Protector to ensure every aspect of the conference, involving 15,000 delegates, was monitored round the clock. </p><p>With a record 360 CCTV feeds covering the entire Greater Manchester area, the control room is the most advanced facility of its kind in the UK. </p><p>Superintendent Chris Ullah, planning co-ordinator for conference security, told the newspaper: "The new events control room will create a legacy for the people of Manchester. </p><p>"Not only did it greatly help us police this conference successfully, but it has given the force a fantastic facility for future events such as football matches, multiple major incidents or operations."</p><p>During the lead up to prime minister Gordon Brown''''s entrance on to the stage to deliver his conference speech, the audience was played: M People''''s Movin'''' On Up, James'''' Sit Down, U2''''s Beautiful Day and Jackie Wilson''''s Higher And Higher.<br/><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18798105-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>