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  • Voted lots, mostly against the establishment, sometimes on the winning side (once by just one vote)

  • Tweeted LOTS (you can follow me on twitter here, if you like, and want to get spammed next conference)

  • Got interviewed by Sky News, Winkball, and the Egregious Tory Tosser for LBC; and was seen on the telly lots voting, listening to debates and generally milling around conference.

  • Asked Cleggy a question in his Q&A session

  • Met lots of old friends and some new ones, including Daddies Richard & Alex, the lovely Caron, AC McGregor, The Delga LGBT+ Lib Dems massive, Helen Duffett, Gareth Epps, Linda Jack, Maelo Manning, and many more.

  • Failed to win a Botty. Although to be fair, the person who DID win the category I was up for was the person I would have given my award to had I won anyway.

  • Got mildly miffed that all the Botty winners were pale and male, and mostly pretty establishment - two MPs!

  • Exchanged pleasantries with MPs and exMPs including the awesome Lynne Featherstone and Huppmeister J, Greg Mullholland, Lembit, and President Farron.

  • Got increasingly annoyed at Transport West Midlands and their awful bus service which made me long for dear old First West Yorkshire (and I never thought I'd say THAT)

  • Et lots of baguettes at Eat4Less

  • Had to leave Glee Club stupidly early because of the afore-mentioned Transport West Midlands and their daft attitude to bus times

  • Plotted with several people to stand for FCC/FPC/FE in next year's elections under the banner of Liberate Conference, and threw my hat into the ring for the exec of Delga LGBT+ Lib Dems too

  • Spent the last day ill on the sofa, getting increasingly wound-up by the beeb's coverage of conference, having an argument with President Farron about Kendall Mint Cake (which he seems to be on the winning side of :( ) and ended it by swearing at Andrew Neil on twitter

All in all, as usual for Conference, there were ups and there were downs, but mostly it was up and I really enjoyed it. It was great to see the family again, and to have discussions and to disagree without falling out. It was great to see Daddy Richard make his first ever conference speech, and it was bloody fabulous that Lynne Featherstone announced Equal Marriage as ACTUAL GOVERNMENT POLICY! Roll on Spring, and Newcastle.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoeimogen.livejournal.com
Did they run the Sky News pieces in the end? From lack of "I saw you on the telly thing!" I'm guessing not. (Either that or everyone that knows me is used to seeing my on TV now!)

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 09:19 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Sorry I didn't get the chance to have a proper chat. I kept seeing you at things but, as is often the way, kept getting distracted.

Glad to hear folk are discussing standing for Federal Committees next year.

On the buses - and I was getting in and out via them - I did pick up from one of the drivers that the diversions were causing them a lot of problems.

All the best, and I'll hopefully speak to you next time :-)

Liberal Neil.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephensliberaljournal.blogspot.com
As well as a lot of the above (although not throwing my hat into LGBT+ elections) I can add intereviews for BBC News online and Time magazine.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 11:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
Which one passed by just one vote, out of interest?

An Unperson writes...

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] daweaver
Good to see you again, and it's unfortunate that Birmingham (the best city in the UK with a name beginning with "B" and ending in "irmingham") gave such a rotten impression.

I'll be writing snotograms, but I'm not entirely sure which of these is the most impossible task:

* Getting the West Midlands Police to admit that their vetting and barring scheme is Just Wrong.
* Getting National Express West Midlands (a National Express company, operating local buses that stop everywhere) to admit that their entire timetable, on every route, is a work of fiction worthy of The Booker Prize, and that the only viable response is to support the re-nationalisation of the buses, because a child of six could do better.
* Getting Luxembourg to win the Eurovision Song Contest again, performing a song based on Paddy Ashdown's Story, the one he always tells at Glee, and (from context) Mr. Magister may not have heard in full.

I'll let you know.

Re: An Unperson writes...

Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
Nope, have never heard Paddy's joke, but have heard of it. Best of luck with your tasks and hope to see you next conference.

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