Sunday, September 18, 2005
The Great and the Good
Highlight of the Day: Winning the floor vote on membership subscriptions
Down point of the Day: Failing to win either a mug or anorak at the exhibition stands.
Today we managed to catch up with Vince Cable MP and ask him about his first conference. I’ll hope to feature a new interview everyday.
JNR: When was your first conference?
VC: I can’t quite remember but I think it was Scarborough 1983.
JNR: What did you hope to bring out of that first conference?
VC: I recall that those where the very optimistic days at the SDP with much talk of reaching 50% of the polls. For me it was a time of great opportunity where I felt I could make a real difference.
JNR: What do you find most important about party conferences?
VC: By far the most important thing is to have the opportunity to communicate with the grass roots party which is a voice not always heard through constituency and parliamentary work. Being a Liberal Democrat it is great that I don’t just take part in a party rally like other parties but instead engage in active debate.