Monday, 22 February 2010

Labour party SE regional conference


It was great to see so many members, MPs and union members to Whitley (Hilton Hotel on Kennet Island to be exact).  There was a really positive atmosphere and good discussions.  Quite a few of them also came out to knock on doors and chat to Whitley residents and I had a good chat with John Prescott in the bar at his ‘tweet up’.  I don’t know what one of those is either, but Prezza seemed to!

Some highlights for me were:

Social care

This was clearly high on everyone’s agenda, with comments from MPs that this is ‘grown up politics’ and that it is a difficult issue that has to be tackled.

Off the cuff/side comments:

David Miliband describing the plans to remove hereditary peers (which the conservatives are against) as ‘humane – we weren’t proposing euthanasia or anything’.

John Prescott ‘I’m not allowed to talk about class… they [Conservatives] are a class party’.  ‘I’ve got an iphone AND a blackberry – after all I already had 2 jags’.  And numerous asides!

Harriet Harman ‘You’re not past it when you’re past 60.  Good thing, I’m about to be past 60 myself’

I'll post up photos shortly