Two years after Ed Miliband was named Labour leader in Manchester, the party is back in the city and still publicly confused about who is in charge.
And shadow chancellor Ed Balls is embroiled in a football controversy over claims he deliberately dived to secure a penalty in a match against journalists.
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Ed Balls ends up face down in the mud during the annual Labour party v Media football match at Salford City Football Ground
After apparently taking time to consider his options, the shadow chancellor fell to the ground.
One onlooker said: ‘I have never seen anyone go down so slowly and dramatically in my life.’
Going: Ed Balls is clipped by a rival player
Going: The shadow chancellor throws in some theatrics as he tumbles to the floor
Gone: Face down in the mud again, even his own team mates said the dive was questionable
Even colleague Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said the penalty was ‘questionable’.
Later Mr Balls was at pains to stress it was not ‘one of my goals’ to become Labour leader.
Running for the leadership: Ed Balls today insisted he 'does not give a toss' about becoming Labour leader
‘If I say to you I rule it out, I don’t think you’d believe me. If I say to you it’s very unlikely, I think that’s totally honest, I don’t care. I don’t give a toss. I really don’t give a toss.”
Yet the question of the Labour leadership continued to dominate.
David Miliband, who was defeated by his brother Ed, appeared to suggest that the public would prefer him in charge.
Asked about a poll commissioned by the Conservatives which found three quarters of voters think David would make a better leader, he replied: ‘The most important thing to remember is that the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence.’
To add to the sense of confusion, Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman went on Sky News to rail against the Prime Minister David Cameron, and declared: ‘If you're completely out of touch like David Miliband is you cannot make the right decisions.’
After being corrected by reporter Joey Jones, Ms Harman exclaimed: ‘Oh goodness me’ before launching back into her soundbite.
Wakey wakey: The excitement of Yvette Cooper's speech proved too much for shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna (left), shadow health minister Diane Abbott (centre) and shadow immigration Chris Bryant (right)
Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle was spotted taking pictures of her sister Angela during her speech.
And during shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper's speech left her coleagues struggling to stay awake.
Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister was spotted yawning, while Diane Abbott, the shadow health minister, and Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary, spent the speech checking their phones.
The first day of the Labour party has been dominated by gossip and gaffes about who is in charge
It includes footage from his childhood and teaching students at Harvard where he is repeatedly called ‘Professor Miliband’.