How many people attended Lib Dem conference?

by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2012

That’s the question that Michael White asked, and here’s the answer he reports:

A total of 5,000, including media, commercial interests, VIPs and assorted observers, say officials. It’s down on 2010 (6,500) but a recovery from last year’s 4,800. The crucial figure is party members, 2,020 of whom are here, the same as last year. Not all are voting delegates. The last conference vote Wednesday was carried by 199 to 153.

That last figure in particular is telling: 350 Lib Dem members deciding party policy out of a total of 48,000. As I wrote yesterday:

Though we claim to be a one-member-one-vote party, it is conference representatives elected by local parties which vote on policies at conference and elect from their number to key committees, including the policy committee which writes the general election manifesto. We call it representative democracy, but little effort is made to find out if that’s any more than a label, and whether the views of the party membership as a whole are being accurately represented.

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by Stephen Tall on September 27, 2012 at 7:32 am. Reply #

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by HouseofTwitsLib on September 27, 2012 at 7:45 am. Reply #

Surely it would be possible for registered members to participate online (with codes etc) so that they could vote if they were watching the debates; equally a small part of each debate could be given over to Twitter comments on motions – a bit like interventions? Admittedly, there would be issues to work out with that one to ensure that only members could take part!

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by HouseofTwitsLib on September 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm. Reply #

Those voting numbers need clarification. He says they were for the last vote on Wednesday. On Housing, yes? I wasn't there (!) so I don't know whether it was a counted vote. Bear in mind that only close votes are counted. So if you actually counted the vote on some of the other debates, you might find the number of votes was higher than that. But you'd have to take a snapshot of the whole audience and then count it on the photograph….

by Paul Walter on September 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm. Reply #

@RebelRevell no but not everything's about me. and @stephentall had a point here: http://t.co/cWP76LIy > 350 people decide policy?

by Louise Shaw on September 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm. Reply #

What was the last vote on – was it the two options on Housing ?

by Simon McGrath on September 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm. Reply #

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