Sunday, 20 September 2009

Day 2 in the Conference Hot House

Well it's my second day at the Liberal Democrats annual conference here in Bournemouth and the weather is great, really hot. Yesterday was a quiet day at the conference and a chance to reacquaint myself with some old friends. It was enlivened by the Conference Rally, a traditional event to start the conference, which was enlivened by a great speech by Charles Kennedy as well as some very risque jokes from Sarah Teather MP, our spokesperson for Housing.

Floella Benjamin also spoke, which reminded me of bygone days watching Play School, it great to have such inspirational people supporting our cause. Nick Clegg continued to impress with a great speech. He is focusing on making hard choices, a responsible move. It is important that we are honest about which parts of our policy agenda is affordable immediately and which will have to wait a while. I sense conference will have some hard choices to make.

I have voted to have a debate on affordable housing, focusing on the scandal about the decent homes standard, an issue that is of importance to the constituency, especially Blaydon and Winlaton. Today the conference debates important issues about personal privacy and civil liberties as well as how Britain should position itself in a globalised economy. Important stuff and debates that will expose our differences as a party with the Conservative/Labour approach to things.

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