London Region Spring Conference
Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 19th March, 2009
London Liberal Democrats filled the large lecture hall of the Polish Centre in Hammersmith last night, at the regional Spring Conference. The undoubted draw of the evening was Vince Cable, MP, the party’s own Delphic oracle. As someone pertinently asked him in the question time after his speech, how can the Mail on Sunday readers’ love for him be translated into love for the Liberal Democrats? In my own speech, I pitched the line that people out there are hungry for a message of hope: good news, against a backdrop of rising unemployment and financial collapse. And as a party we can provide that good news, by stressing positively how closer European cooperation can help Britain emerge from the current recession, just as it can help to combat climate change and other environmental hazards, as well as cross-border crime.
Earlier in the day, Liberal Democrat Friends of Poland had its official launch in the Centre’s basement café, at a session chaired by Islington’s LibDem Mayor, Stefan Kasprzyk. There as many as a million Poles or people of Polish decent in this country, and their votes could well make a difference in a region such as London where the LibDems so narrowly missed a second European parliamentary seat in 2004.