The mood was upbeat at this year’s Labour Party Conference at the Brighton Conference Centre and the whole week was a resounding success for the Musicians’ Union.
The organisation, which has been affiliated to the Labour Party since 1943, was represented by Executive Committee members Kathy Dyson, Barbara White, Andi Hopgood and Sarah Williams in the main Conference Hall, who were amongst the 7,000 delegates, activists and commercial visitors who attended the event.
The MU stand in the exhibition area was managed and staffed by our Government Relations & Public Affairs team (Isabelle Gutierrez, Maddy Radcliff and myself) and proved a hive of activity. Visitors included party leader Jeremy Corbyn, numerous MPs (including Stella Creasy, John Prescott, Luciana Berger and Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business), comedian Eddie Izzard, legendary film director Ken Loach and Clean Bandit cellist, Grace Chatto.
MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge and Assistant General Secretary David Ashley kindly took us all out on the Monday night to China Garden, a fine restaurant in Preston Street. Our time in Brighton was also made particularly comfortable by the facilities and staff at the Jury’s Inn on the seafront. Our thanks also go to Robin Birch and Neil Davies of ProMedia who supplied and installed out stand, plus Naomi Scott and Reflex Marketing whose Euro themed luggage tags and cotton bags were especially popular.
We are already looking forward to our fourth Party Conference, which is set to take place in Liverpool next September.