Sir Vince Cable headlines the Lib Dem West Midlands Autumn Regional Conference
by Bryan Manley-Green
Well over 200 people attended a well-organised day of Lib Dem politics at Birmingham University on Saturday 18 November. Delegates came from all over the region, and it was especially nice to see a few members from Sandwell in attendance.
The morning included a very interesting talk, concluding with a question and answer session with Sir Graham Watson, a former Lib Dem MEP, who now sits on the European Economic and Social Committee. He described the committee as “sort of like a House of Lords for the EU”. His inside knowledge on what was actually going on was exceptionally interesting.
Along with a policy motion on constitutional reform and training sessions on a variety of subjects, delegates enjoyed two other panel discussions. These focussed on keeping female talent and combatting terrorism.
There was plenty of time to catch up with old friends and colleagues, as well as meeting new ones during the breaks, which were superbly catered for. Delegates could choose to either network over lunch or join the innovative and interactive “World Café” event, where the most important topics facing the country were discussed and analysed.
After lunch, it was time for the star turn – Sir Vince Cable - who gave a broad reaching speech. Sir Vince, who had mingled with the delegates during lunch, touched on Brexit, but also gave a strong message that the party has a full manifesto and is a capable and serious opposition force in British politics.
If this has whetted your appetite then there isn’t too long to wait until the spring conference early next year - we will make sure to keep you informed..