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This is my very personal report of Labour's conference in Liverpool

I arrived Sunday 25.09.2016 at 7:30pm and left 12:30pm on Wednesday 28.09.2016. 
The daily conference reports were excellent, summarising the previous day's business and the programme for the day.  Reports can be found on Membersnet at https://members.labour.org.uk/conference-documents

Conference in general

  • Speaking to my daughter in the evenings it seems she heard reports from a different Liverpool conference.
  • Many of the speeches contained promises of reinstatement of lost funding or repeal of legislation.  With the exception of John McDonnell most were aspirational.
  • I was disappointed there was more interest in rule changes than housing.

Corbyn and his supporters

  • Many support with evangelical fervour some, a few with a little too much fervour.
  • I spoke to more who cautiously support Corbyn and some who don't.
  • Like many, I left before the leader's speech. Visitors and delegates still filled the hall.

Rule Changes

  • Labour leaders in the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly are now ex-offico members of the NEC.

Economy

  • John McDonnell listed detailed proposals placing him between Denis Healy and Gordon Brown, I have a signed copy of his speech

Energy

  • Barry Gardiner gave an unconditional promise to ban fracking.
    • This is sensible as fracking contradicts the governmental pledge to end dependence on fossil fuels.
    • It is possible the projected gas reserves do not exist.

Defence

  • Clive Lewis stated Labour will:
    • seek multi-lateral nuclear disarmament.
    • support, and continue membership, of NATO.

Selective education.

  • We can win, most grandparents were dumped into a secondary modern school.

Refugees

  • The Tories have not fulfilled their commitment to take in unaccompanied child refugees.
  • All should read or better watch Yvette Cooper's passionate speech to conference.
    • Again we can win, even Stephen Phillips QC MP sides with Yvette

Mental health

  • Mental illness continues to rise in young people, particularly girls.
  • The Tories continue to cut funding.

The Labour Party, at Corbyn's request, is now preparing for a general election.

I attended

  • Fringe events on banking and energy.
  • Training session on fundraising, giving useful tips
  • Policy session on home affairs, the justice system, useful to hear shadow cabinet views.

I was able to talk to

  • David Prescott and Andy Burnham
  • Labour Party HQ staff giving advice and information.
  • Other Party members: all, bar one, willing to engage in conversation and exchange ideas.

I meet the following who are willing to come to Sleaford:

  • Andy Furlong, member of the National Policy Forum
  • Mark Huband, former Middle East correspondent of the FT
  • John Ashworth MP.

I came close to asking Corbyn to Lincolnshire, but he side-stepped at the last moment!

Conference Report

This is my very personal report of Labour's conference in Liverpool

The text below is a letter sent to the local newspapers.  We may disagree with Stephen Phillips QC MP on most things, but not on help for unaccompanied refugee children.  His is working with, and supporting, Yvette Cooper.  Credit where credit is due.

"Dear Sir,

Sharp eyed readers of the will have noticed local MP Stephen Phillps' uncredited appearance on the television news. His image accompanied the story of the government's decision to take in unaccompanied refugee children and featured Labour's Yvette Cooper.

The Sleaford and North Hykeham Labour Party argued that Britain can, should, and its people willing, to share the burden of giving refuge to those fleeing from war and oppression. We wrote to Stephen last year urging that sanctuary be given to the refugees and asylum seekers from the Middle East looking for a safe haven within the EU. Over the past weeks we noted Stephen Phillips impassioned speeches urging his government to reverse its obscene policy of refusing help to unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. Thankfully that policy is now changed, those children will now find shelter in Britain.

While there are very many areas difference between the Sleaford and North Hykeham MP and Labour, we welcome the co-operation with Yvette Cooper. We see this as a sign of the the “new politics”, a rejection of tribal politics. We hope that Stephen's work on the refugee crisis sets an example to local councillors, particularly those on North Kesteven district.

 

Yours sincerely

Michael Hudson

Chair

Sleaford and North Hykeham Labour Party"

Credit Where Credit is Due

The text below is a letter sent to the local newspapers.  We may disagree with Stephen Phillips QC MP on most things, but not on help for unaccompanied refugee children. ...

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