I was chuffed to hear that Wendy Alexander used the Edinburgh Labour conferences that were my initiative as Labour Group leader as an example of how party members can contribute to and shape party policy in her speech to the Scottish Labour Conference. (See here for agenda)
When the election last May saw us lose power, I knew I had to go back to the beginning and start rebuilding the party from below. People needed to believe in the Party and to believe they needed to feel they belonged. I held the first conference 6 weeks after the May election. It was a great success and I have held two since, both even more successful that the first. One on housing and another on health. In each case the debates have helped form the Edinburgh Labour response to Government consultations. (Firm foundations and Health board elections).
There is a long way to go but I intend to turn opposition into an opportunity and these conferences are the first steps in that journey.
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