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Conference diary: do the Lib Dems have any big green ideas left?

Lib Dem conferenceGreen Alliance’s very own roving diarist of the party conference season, Alastair Harper, is back again this year with his first posting from the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow. It first appeared on BusinessGreen.

This is the year the parties position themselves for the electorate. What do they want people to vote for? The Liberal Democrats should have arrived in a drenched Glasgow ready to say it is for a strong environment. While the other parties spent their beach holidays reading books by or about their parliamentary colleagues, they were reading about the environment, with a survey showing they favoured the excellent Burning Question and Tony Juniper’s What has nature ever done for us? Read more

Conference diary: the sideshow must go on

Alastair Harper is Green Alliance’s senior policy adviser on Political Leadership and roving party conference diarist.

Here his is second posting from the Liberal Democrats conference in Brighton, first published on Business Green.

There seem to be three approaches when taking a booth on the floor of a party conference. One is to go for a gimmick that has no apparent relation to your cause – one this year features a game of scalextric promoting guide dogs. Two is to have your stall manned by what other industries call ‘booth babes’, selling corporate wares or needs. The final option is the church fete approach: a fifteen-year old banner celebrating Liberal Democrat Friends of Happiness, manned by an octogenarian reluctant to use up their flyers on the potentially unworthy. Read more

Conference diary: Liberal Democrats, day 1

Alastair Harper is Green Alliance’s senior policy adviser on Political Leadership and, while the season is with us, roving party conference diarist.

Here is his first report from the Liberal Democrats conference in Brighton. This post was first published on Business Green.

The heavens opened on Brighton’s seafront shortly after the arrival of Nick Clegg on Saturday, and we were told it wouldn’t relent until the politicos have all departed at the end of the week. Clearly the corporates that thought to invest in complimentary umbrellas are very happy – the rest of us, less so. Still, the (sustainable) fish and chips smell good, the people seem relatively cheerful and the conference goes on unabated. Read more