It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been attending Labour Annual Conferences, on and off, for almost 15 years now and I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like this year’s event.
With a record number of delegates and 13,000 passes issued, the scale alone would be impressive. Yet, add to that a new energy and the fact that for the first time in a long time we are set to have real debates in the hall, and this year is going to be quite an experience.
My conference kicked off 8am yesterday, talking to Radio 4’s The World This Weekend, about where Labour finds itself and the road ahead. It was slightly surreal, as having signed up to do another Tough Murder (held for a second year on Crawley’s border), I was interviewed from the event itself. Apparently it provided a good metaphor.
Nonetheless, I made if down to Brighton for the Labour South East Reception, only to have to catch a late night train back to be able to appear on Sunday Politics this morning, followed by meetings in Brighton again in the afternoon. The rest of the week is set to be easily frantic, but that’s conference for you and it’s one of the reasons we love it.