Conference diary – Monday

8.00 – 8.30       Meeting ITN political editor

9.30 – 11.00     Police round table

11.30 – 12.00     Meeting YWCA

13.00 – 14.00     BBC buffet lunch with Michael Lyons

16.00 – 17.00    Nick Clegg / Leader’s speech / main auditorium

18.30 – 19.30     Stonewall Fringe / What the Coalition Government means for LGB & T equality / speaking

20.00 – 21.30     Haringey representatives meeting for dinner

21.30 – 22.00     Candidates Reception / speaking

22.00 – 23.30     Sky News Reception

0 thoughts on “Conference diary – Monday

  1. The Conference has just rejected ‘Free Schools.’ This highlights the problems with agreeing a Manifesto, campaigning on the Manifesto and then tearing up the Manifesto and adopting Tory policies instead. Nick Clegg has just found out that what is ‘OK Dave whatever you say’ with him isn’t OK with the membership. A radio commentator has just said that in the past defeats for the Lib Dem leadership have been a problem because it called their credibility into question, but that isn’t such a problem now…

  2. Very interesting to hear Nick Clegg say the reason free schools were rejected was because delegates ‘didn’t undersstand the policy’. The arrogance of the man is beyond belief. Aside from the fact the motion was proposed by a respected Lib-Dem who is also an ex-Headteacher and that Clegg himself has said free schools would be a disaster – what does this say about the policy-making process: disagree with us and you ‘don’t understand’! Utterly undemocratic.

    Oh and he (Clegg) also doesn’t know what he’s talking about on free school funding – he said money wouldn’t be diverted from existing schools to free schools. This has happened already (this years technology budget has been squeezed to start the free school ball rolling). So either he is ignorant of this or he is willing to say absolutely anything to defend this damaging policy which will lead to greater inequalities and effectively open up our education system to a free market free for all. Any views Lynne, from an equality perspective?