The speeches that got away

If you put time and energy into writing a Conference speech, went through the agonies of sitting through the debate and didn’t get called, don’t let your effort go to waste. Send it to us at [email protected] and we will put it up here.

Also, let us know which speeches made at Conference were your favourites and we’ll clip them on here.



If you did get called to speak, watch yourself on the Livestream on the party’s YouTube channel.


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  • In the meantime…

  • Tony Greaves 22nd Sep '19 - 3:25pm

    You think I “write a speech”? I did put in a card in the climate emergency debate but it was a brilliant enough debate without me! I’ve got a couple of bits of paper with a few notes but you would not want to post them in their scribbled incomprehensibility…

  • I think Niamh O’Connell’s standout speech from the Europe debate deserves a place in the list of favourites, among the speeches that actually happened.

    I myself had a speech prepared for the ‘Fairer Share for All’ debate, but was able to condense it into the 1 minute intervention slot I got instead.

  • I agree with John Grout. That speech by Naimh was memorable.

  • Geoff Payne 23rd Sep '19 - 7:44am

    This is a great idea. The number of really high quality cards we get from people who have obviously taken time and trouble to write a speech, but who we cannot call through pressure of time or a need to balance the debate, is massive. It would be fantastic to be able to read them here.

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