Thursday, September 22, 2005
The first conference after a General Election is always a tricky one, people feel tired and need to renew their focus and we need to have a discussion and proper review about future policy and direction. Since the General Election I was able to do my own thinking about why I am a Liberal Democrat. I am in a party that seeks to deliver a better way of life for ordinary people. I am proud of my party and I am proud of my leader.
There has been a low level media rumbling at this conference about Charles’s style, many vox pops needling delegates about their thoughts – do we think Charles is more of a Chairman- etc etc. Charles has just perfectly described what it means to be a Liberal Democrat, he listens to the views of the members and unlike Blair – he leads in a direction that is true to our values – not away from them.
We are leaving conference on a high, in happy confident mood, and Charles will take us forward so we can rise to the challenges ahead of us.
I know what I need to do – and I am motivated to go out and do it. I must go now and say my fond farewells to people, I’ve enjoyed Conference, but it’s time to get down to business and make the vision a reality.