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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Political Party branding

Report by Swheatie of the KUWG*

The party political conference season is opening, and so does the Trades Union Congress annual Congress road show this coming week. Labour, Lib Dem and Tory party conferences will be shown live on mainstream BBC TV. You won't get much of Green Party conference there, but what about on the BBC website? Do voters only vote for the political parties that Aunit Beeb says are worthy of plent of mainstream news viewing slots?

'Wembley Matters' blogger and Brent Green Party member Martin Francis wrote of the opening of Green Party Autumn Conference in Birmingham: 
In true Green Party fashion a particularly tricky debate, with lots of procedural motions, on issues of local party autonomy, was skillfully handled by a chair who while dealing with points of order was suckling her contented baby.

Back in the House of Commons on Friday, it might be said, that while there were clear signs of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition cracking over the passing of the 'Affordable Homes Bill',Lib Dem Leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg was conveniently out of Parliament at the Nato summit in Wales. (BBC report: Tories defeated as benefit bill clears first Commons hurdle.)

And starting on Monday 8 September in Liverpool is the Trades Union Congress annual congress, this time in Liverpool. The TUC has been fiercely criticised for backing workfare for 16-23 year olds, as previously reported on this blog, in a piece that attracted over 250 viewings. (TUC backing for workfare causes outrage.) So it will be interesting to see over the coming months how much of the TUC's agenda is geared toward re-electing Labour and sacrificing the non-waged poor. See Johnny Void's blog piece 'How the TUC Always Planned to Abandon Out-of-Work Benefit Claimants'

A separate BBC report says that Ed Miliband is due to arrive at a TUC event on Monday night.

* While the KUWG is non-party politically aligned, Swheatie 'declares an interest' in that he is a Green Party member.

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