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Lots of people have already written about special conference, so I'm not going to rehash everything that's already been said. I do want to thank [personal profile] po8crg for being such a lovely chauffeur, and buying me breakfast. It was lovely to see so many of the Lib Dem Massive, even if there were a lot of white heterosexual blokes in suits called David (some of them far sexier than others - my my, doesn't [personal profile] djm4 scrub up well?). There were loads of people not called David* too, and I lost count of all the hugs and kisses I got from people who I really do consider to be part of my family these days.

Ros chaired with her usual grace and humour. Evan moved a brilliant amendment (which I signed! :)) complete with Woddy Allen reference, as did the gravelly-voiced sex pot and Dave Page, the world's most activist activist. But my wildest cheers were reserved for [personal profile] djm4 and [personal profile] sashajwolf's amendment on the Digital Economy Act, Daddy Alex's fabulous and witty intervention, and everyone's favourite eMP Lynne Featherstone, who did an absolutely barnstorming speech about working on the Equalities brief. I'm afraid I giggled through Simon Hughes's speech because he sounded more and more like Davros as he carried on, and the fact that the person next to me (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) saying ... and with this coalition, I SHALL HAVE THAT POWER!!!! in Davrosian tones did not help stifle my giggles.

Anyway, I came away from the conference feeling pretty euphoric, despite being ripped from the bosom of my family by an impending shift at work. We're not in any danger of losing our identity, or being subsumed by the Tories. We've not lost our radicalism, our integrity, or our sense of humour. We're a vibrant, diverse party with a determination to do good that I have never seen in any other organisation. I think the guys at the naughtily-named Nick Clegg fan blog said it best:

Whatever the eventual result of this coalition, I'm proud that we've taken the risk to get our policies implemented, I'm proud to be a part of this family, and I'm proud to have voted in favour of the main motion and all of the amendments to it. We're doing the right thing, and it feels good.

* aside from all those mentioned above, shouts going out to El Presidente and Lady Mark; Sian, Emma and Manny; Adrian, Jason, Romer, Crofty and the rest of the stewarding crew; Mummy Helen, Daddies Richard and Alex, and Millennium; Tessa Munt, Lynne Featherstone and Linda Jack; Susan Gasczack (one day I shall learn to spell your name) Jon Ball, Ian and the rest of the FCC and FE gangs; Ali G, Dazmondo from Bracknell Blog, Mark Reckons, Lloyd Harris, Andy Strange, James Blanchard and Gareth Epps; and most importantly of all the smallest conference delegate, Steph Ashley's daughter Alex, who is AMAZING and very cool, and I want to introduce her to Holly as soon as possible, because I think they would get on like a maison en flambé.

Date: Monday, May 17th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] djm4
the fact that the person next to me (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty) saying "... and with this coalition, I SHALL HAVE THAT POWER!!!!" in Davrosian tones

I think I'm OK taking the blame for that one. *grin*

Date: Monday, May 17th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
It feels like family to me, too. It was really good to see you there.

Date: Monday, May 17th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diblemming.blogspot.com
Best day out I've had in years. I'm still wearing my wristband today, like I went to a festival or summut. And I loved loved loved bringing the smallperson into my mad extended family, you should DEFINITELY try it with the Shrub :D

Date: Monday, May 17th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diblemming.blogspot.com
I'm lucky in having the Welsh Lib Dems instead of a boring English region.. Lally's been along to a few welsh party bits and pieces. Not sure I could cope with a five-dayer with her though, not least because conference bar at night is such an essential part of things for me.

Date: Monday, May 17th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarier.wordpress.com
Now you mention it, Simon Hughes's speech did have a certain... tone to it.

Also: Where's my shout out? *sob*

Date: Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarier.wordpress.com
No worries. I did put a little "/needy" html-tag style thing at the end of my comment, but it appears to have been interpreted as a real html tag and therefore disappeared. Snuggles always appreciated, though.

Shame you had to rush off the other day, you missed the opportunity to be bought a drink by Jo Swinson, and laugh along with a bar full of Lib Dems at Sky News attributing comments to "former Lib Dem leader Charles Clarke". And, of course, we missed you. It's a bugger, this whole "work" business, isn't it?!

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