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Overview of Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno

Rather belated.  But I have been meaning to post a summary for some time.  It was great to welcome everyone to Llandundo.  On the Friday the Daily Post covered the conference arriving with quotes from me and Harriet Harman MP.  I then visited the inspiring Flying Start in Llandudno with the First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM and met the staff and children and had a look round the building.

Daily Post March 2014 Flying Start Llandudno with Carwyn

The enthusiasm of the staff and what they were achieving for the children, with the support of Welsh Government, was phenomenal. Such a shame the UK Government has cut the equivalent programme, Sure Start in England. I then went straight to the conference women’s forum and was able to tell those attending about the fabulous work being done by the women from Conwy Sure Start.

Speaking to women's forum

Conference proper started on the Saturday. I welcomed delegates and visitors to Llandudno and you can read my speech in the post below.  I also had an article published in the conference themed magazine from Labour Finance and Industry Group talking about the role of local SMEs in Llandudno and how procurement could boost women-led SMEs and the economy as a whole.

The highlight of the morning was the speech from Labour Leader Ed Miliband, which ranged across the challenges and promises of a Labour Government in Westminster, the successes of Labour in Wales, such as Jobs Growth Wales, and a new devolution offer bringing Wales in line with Scotland. I was pleased to get a name check and have a chance to chat to Ed afterwards.

chatting to Ed at Welsh Labour

The afternoon started with the presentation of awards and I was delighted that Aberconwy Labour Party had got the most signatures on the petition to freeze gas and electricity prices in Wales.

energy petition certificate

That afternoon it was the turn of Carwyn Jones to take centre stage. He spoke about the challenges and successes but also took on David Cameron’s Tory narrative of War on Wales. He also mentioned his visit to Flying Start in Llandudno the previous day.

Later that afternoon we had a campaigning session in Llandudno, which featured on Sunday’s BBC Welsh news  – I’m amazed at the number of people who saw it!

BBC News clip - Llandudno March 14


On Sunday morning Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Owen Smith MP gave his speech claiming Lloyd George for today’s Labour Party.  Then, I chaired the final session of conference with Welsh Labour Minister Jeff Cuthbert and Deputy Minister Vaughan Gething on tackling poverty.

chairing conference

A good conference for Welsh conference and a great opportunity to show the delights of Llandudno to those attending.


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