Looking back over my preview of this year’s Liberal Democrat Autumn Federal Conference held in Birmingham I am quite pleased to see that my week mostly went to plan. I did miss a few of the debates in the hall that I had intended to be at, but I went to some extra fringe meetings that I hadn’t planned for.
I will try to sum up the big picture political stuff that came out of conference in another post, but on a personal level it was a very positive and cathartic experience. It is no secret that having lost my council seat in May I’ve been having to adjust to my new circumstances. In truth this has meant that I have done very little political activity over the summer. So I had wondered, aside from catching up with old friends and making new ones, whether there was much purpose in my attendance at conference this year. In the end it turned out to be just the thing I needed. While May 5th may have halted my political career in local government, it was last week that really marked the start of my new direction.
So I have taken away from Birmingham lots of positive energy, lots of new ideas, some interesting things to blog about, some new connections, new friends, and a few things to read. Unfortunately the other thing I got from conference was I rather nasty cold which more or less knocked me out for two days and meant that I am only now writing up and following up on the week. So there is more to follow in a bit.
This content was originally posted on my old Strange Thoughts blog.