Sunday, February 11, 2007

West Midlands Liberal Democrats Moving Forward & Warwick and Leamington Question Time

Yesterday I travelled to Warwick for my first Moving Forward day of 2007. The West Midlands Liberal Democrats Moving Forward programme is for seats which the West Midlands Liberal Democrats hope will do well at the next General Election.

Despite the weather not being the best I was pleased to see that a number of seats sent representatives.

The training covered was on literature, mainly encouraging local parties to try different types of literature, making the most of election week and the postal vote campaign.

During the Lunch break all the seats taking part in the programme have a 1-2-1 to review progress, I sat in on the Birmingham Hall Green progress and was pleased to hear about the progress they are making and their plans for the next few months.

Ed Davey MP who is the Liberal Democrats Campaigns and Communications Committee Chair and Sir Menzies ("Ming") Campbell's Chief of Staff also attended part of the Moving Forward Day and gave us a briefing on the national picture and plans which was interesting.

After the Moving Forward Day Warwick and Leamington Liberal Democrats hosted a Question Time event which included local Parliamentary Candidate Alan Beddow, Phil Bennion, Ed Davey MP, Warwickshire Councillor Nigel Rock and Colin Ross.

I submitted three questions none of which were asked but I was lucky enough to make comments during the discussion on housing and what would happen if there was a hung parliament. Other issues discussed were Climate Change and Trident.

All in all it was a good day for me because I got a chance to chat with a number of the representatives from the Moving Forward seats and had a chance to meet up with some colleagues and friends I had not seen for sometime.



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