The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - POLITICS -

week marks the be­gin­ning of the UK con­fer­ence sea­son. Politi­cians, lob­by­ists and jour­nal­ists gather in air­less rooms to trade pol­icy ideas, pre­dic­tions and, of course, gos­sip. The Lib­eral Democrats are first up, by the sea­side in Bournemouth, where they will amass their phonebox worth of MPs to talk about how they would shape the Govern­ment were they ever to be part of it again. It went so well last time, af­ter all.

In all se­ri­ous­ness, con­fer­ences can be dry and dull af­fairs – they have cer­tainly tested my san­ity be­fore – but they can also be places where thoughts are formed and speeches are de­liv­ered that can change the coun­try, for bet­ter or worse. It is worth pay­ing at­ten­tion.

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