After the stress of the election, I was hoping for a relaxing Sunday. But it was not to be. Earlier this week, the Liberal Democrats decided to call a special conference so members could have their say about the coalition deal. I felt it was important to go as it feels like we are seeing history in British politics being made.
So myself and three members car shared and went to the NEC in Birmingham. We had about 60 delegates speaking to a conference of over 2,000 delegates. Of those three were unhappy with the coalition agreement. We passed a number of amendments to the motion approving the coalition. This reaffirmed or commitment to a number of issues such as reform of the digital economy act and abolishing tuition fees. Reading the papers, it sounds like there is a lot of dissent in the Lib Dems. Out of over 2,000 delegates called to Birmingham, less than 20 voted against it. All the amendments that were meant to be limiting to the leadership were accepted in full.
A good day to be involved in politics and a good day to be a Lib Dem. You won't see similar conferences in the Tory or Labour party. That's because they are not as democratic as us.