Posts Tagged “2012 Brighton Conference”

On chairing Ming, Shami and John – and how I failed to find questions from women

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2012

I enjoyed chairing Liberal Reform’s fringe meeting on civil liberties at the Brighton conference this week, featuring Shami Chakrabati, John Kampfner and Ming Campbell… … though (as usual) the request to speakers to speak for 5 minutes to allow plenty (…)

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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 (…)

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What I thought of Nick’s speech in 5 tweets

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2012

You can read Nick Clegg’s speech to the Lib Dem conference in full here. Here were my 5 quick takes on reading it through… Quick thoughts on Nick’s speech: 1) Lib Dem 2015 election strategy clear. 100% centrist – fairer (…)

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Why I loathe leaders’ speeches. PS: It’s nothing personal, Nick

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2012

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m leaving conference on Wednesday morning before our leader speaks. It’s nothing personal — I think my record’s pretty clear on supporting Nick Clegg’s leadership — but I find leaders’ speeches tiresome. The bullet points will have been carefully briefed to the press in advance, embargoed copies of the speech will […]

Must try harder. That’s my chief take-away from this year’s Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2012

This year’s conference seems smaller, quieter than previously. That’s not surprising; the party’s shed 20% of its membership in the past couple of years and hundreds of councillors have lost their seats. With so many of the poor bloody infantry (…)

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My Day 4 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything

by Stephen Tall on September 26, 2012

[View the story “My Day 4 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything” on Storify] My Day 4 at Lib Dem conference: nearly all the everything Storified by Stephen Tall · Tue, Sep 25 2012 17:16:44 Ready to speak (…)

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Your one-stop online guide to Lib Dem conference events – we’ve got an app for that

by Stephen Tall on September 19, 2012

The Lib Dem conference guide is my political-geek equivalent of the Christmas Radio Times, thumbing through it in anticipation, circling the must-watch events, worrying about all the clashes of things I want to see. But just as PVRs and Sky+ mean I no longer fret about missing my fave programmes so have our advertising partners […]