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Whether you are physically in Bournemouth or are following what is happening from home, this is your place to talk about the public face of the Conference – in other words, all the debates and speeches that are going on in the main auditorium.  Please use the comments below to add your reports on policy and constitutional debates or to draw readers’ attention to ones in the pipeline.

We will be running a similar thread each day, so please confine your comments today to what is actually happening today. Tomorrow’s instalment will appear at 8.30am tomorrow morning.

We will also be running a thread each day on fringes, so use that one for anything going on outside the main show.

So what is happening today at Conference?

09.00-09.40 F19 Policy motion: Transgender and Intersex Health Charter

09.40-10.25 F20 Reports: Parliamentary Parties

10.25-11.10 F21 Policy motion: Urgent Action on Air Quality and Health

11.10-11.30 F22 Speech: Willie Rennie MSP

11.30-12.20 F23 Policy motion: Securing a Global Treaty on Climate Change

12.20-12.40 F24 Speech: Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Lunch break

14.20-15.05 F25 Policy motion: Public Health Service

15.05-15.25 F26 Speech: Kirsty Williams AM

15.25-17.00 F27 Policy motion: Scrapping Trident

17.00-18.00 F28 Constitutional amendment: One Member, One Vote

F29 Standing order amendment: One Member, One Vote

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6 Comments

  • Eddie Sammon 21st Sep '15 - 9:27am

    Tim needs to show that he can be trusted on defence and security. He’s shown a pragmatic line on Trident, but I don’t know what he and Paddy Ashdown are doing over the Syria crisis. After being very tough with Syria last time around Paddy seems to have gone in the opposite direction. Leave it to regional powers? What, like Russia?

    Nicholas Houghton said the other day at Chatham House that public support for military action when we need it matters and we should show it.

    I don’t want a big war and preferably not even boots on the ground. Just airstrikes when a good opportunity arises. Not too much to ask is it? Or is it?

    Regards

  • John Tilley 21st Sep '15 - 9:49am

    Eddie Sammon 21st Sep ’15 – 9:27am
    “… I don’t know what he and Paddy Ashdown are doing over the Syria crisis. After being very tough with Syria last time around Paddy seems to have gone in the opposite direction. Leave it to regional powers? What, like Russia?”

    Eddie, if you look at the recent article by Paddy Ashdown in The Guardian (just google to find it) it is very clear what he is saying. He has been says much for some considerable time.

    USA Sectretary of State John Kerry made remarkably similar cooments a couple of days ago.

    It is very similar to and overlaps with the recent success Kerry had in bringing Iranin from the cold on civil nuclear power.

    There are at the moment 9 civil wars continuing in countries stretching from Nigeria to Afghanistan

    John Kerry and the Liberal Democrat leadership here in the UK reckon that JawJaw is a lot better than what is going on at the moment amd is threatening a refugee problem for Europe which will make today’s situation look like a boat ride on The Serpentine.

    There are at the moment 9 civil wars continuing in countries stretching from Nigeria to Afghanistan.

    They think JawJaw is better than the Saudi/Israeli idea of bombing Tehran and nuckear power installations, whilst spreading religious inspired wars and destabilising yet more countries in that region and beyond.

  • Eddie Sammon 21st Sep ’15 – 9:27am ………………….I don’t want a big war and preferably not even boots on the ground. Just airstrikes when a good opportunity arises. Not too much to ask is it? Or is it? ……..Regards…….

    These airstrikes; against Assad (as per the last parliamentary vote), ISIS or both?

  • Eddie Sammon 21st Sep '15 - 12:00pm

    Expats, ISIS. But I want Assad gone too, but via diplomatic means. Not possible to remove Assad via military whilst he has Russian backing.

  • Stephen Tall has just been offered 5000 pounds for charity if he keeps his pledge to streak down Whitehall. Go Stephen!!

  • LD conference reminds us that only independence can remove WMD from Scotland.

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