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.
- Labour leaders in the Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly are now ex-offico members of the NEC.
- John McDonnell listed detailed proposals placing him between Denis Healy and Gordon Brown, I have a signed copy of his speech
- 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.
- Clive Lewis stated Labour will:
- seek multi-lateral nuclear disarmament.
- support, and continue membership, of NATO.
- We can win, most grandparents were dumped into a secondary modern school.
- 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 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.
- 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!