We boast about all the great cities that we run at a council level but when do we visit them with our annual conference? This is especially relevant to northern cities where we are supposed to be targeting the flaking Labour vote. Granted, Spring Conference was in Harrogate this year but we seem to have a strange affliction with favouring southern seaside towns when it comes to the main autumn conference.
Also, we are going to Liverpool next year for our autumn conference but I am genuinelysurprised that we once again decamping to the south coast. Apart from the political ramifications there is a knock on affect for decreasingpeoples ability to participate because of travel and accommodation costs. Of course, other measures can be looked at to address this including e-conferencing.
However, moving more around the country would ease the problem or at least the impact of it and it would send a clear political message about our broad appeal and would hopefully also send a message to wavering Labour voters.