Lib Dem Conference So Far

So here I am, at Lib Dem Conference. We are two days in but it has been a good start. I didn't get here until just before the rally on Saturday because of the M1 roadworks (come on DfT – sort it out!). The rally was a little underwhelming, to be honest. It was not white the call to action we received last year before the AV Referendum, but from a motivational point of view, it was more than made for yesterday by Tim Farron's short speech in the afternoon on the need to reengage with community politics. People overwhelmingly feel that he is positioning himself to be the next leader of the party and I have no doubt his time will come, when this current phase of the party is over, probably post-2015 General Election. 

The most moving moment of the Conference so far was yesterday in the motion calling for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use, where an incredibly brave man stood up to tell the story of his son, who had recently died working as a drugs mule in St Lucia, and supporting the motion to help creak the backs of the illegal drugs trade. He was clearly very emotional, especially in front of a near-full hall and on national live television. But it is the kind of bravery needed to put a motion like this through on a national level, and he was rightly given a lengthly round of applause off stage by the hall. 

Due to events, protestors and dinners, I haven't made a fringe event yet. My first is this lunchtime, about the next steps for the Lib Dems, with Paddy Ashdown, Tim Farron, Lynne Featherstone and Vince Cable.

Back later.


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