Mary Temperton was our main delegate for the Labour Party Conference in 2017. She write:
The Labour Party Conference- What an experience!
This Labour Party Conference proved to be very exciting and energising. Nicki Waugh and I joined the 1500 delegates that filled the hall. 13,000 other people visited the conference. New arrangements meant that time allocated to parliamentary speakers was reduced, in order to enable more delegates time to speak. Over 300 took the opportunity to give examples of their own experiences and suggest changes to policy and to the manifesto. I was inspired by the standard of their speeches, their passion and the talent that permeates through the Labour Party membership, now over 600,000.
It was a privilege to be part of this conference; to listen to the shadow cabinet ministers – so impassioned about their areas of responsibility and so determined to bring about change. They have been on a steep learning curve and are very impressive.
I attended fringe meetings in the early mornings, lunch times and in the evenings, besides the main conference debates. It was a wonderful experience and I learnt so much. I was looking for a conference promising hope to end inequality and injustice; to show there is another way of doing things; a conference building on our excellent manifesto. I was certainly not disappointed. It was energising and so full of optimism; a conference that enabled members to fully participate and feel empowered.
At the end came Jeremy Corbyn’s speech… Wow… we all left determined to campaign even harder.
We will be giving a full report at the next all members meeting- see you there!
Mary has included a report of the Fringe events that she attended, which you can read here: