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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference

It has been a busy Conference in Swansea's Grand Theatre and there is still a full day to go. So far I have spoken to four fringe meetings and made three platform speeches as well as had a number of meetings with campaign groups. I have another fringe today with the BBC on 'New decade, new media: The General Election and the social media landscape' plus a number of other meetings.

The Conference itself has been really upbeat. The speeches by Kirsty Williams and Nick Clegg were outstanding and there has been a real buzz about the place. Our other MPs have performed well also.

I really enjoyed Friday night's discussion, which involved Mike German, the Conservative David Melding, Labour's Alun Davies, Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd and Len Gibbs from True Wales talking about the referendum and the future of Wales. It was chaired by the Institute of Welsh Affairs' John Osmond and really got the Conference off to a good start.

There are lots of media there and many many observers from organisations all around Wales. Indeed one of these observers told me last night that after spending a day in the Conference he is now 98% certain to vote Welsh Liberal Democrat at the General Election for the very first time. He was particularly impressed that we had the self-confidence to stage an all-party debate just months before Gordon Brown goes to the Country.

A good weekend's work all round.
Anything of substance discussed on rebuilding the Welsh economy?
er...yes. Several speeches many on video over on Freedom Central
Most of the news made outside the conference chamber however.
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