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Final reflections from the Lib Dem Conference

Posted by benet — 19 September 2007 at 5:33pm - Comments

I am writing this on the fast train from Brighton to London, heading back home from the Lib Dem conference. A much quieter day generally today, although last night was as busy ever.

I have been looking out for an old friend of mine - Mark Webster - who used to be an ITN correspondent. He has just taken a job as Ming Campbell's official spokesman: the Lib Dem's answer to Tony Blair's infamous spin-doctor, Alistair Campbell. But while Campbell was an ultra-tough media manipulator, Mark couldn't be fairer or friendlier.

Light garden about to launch at 100% Design in Earl's Court

Posted by james — 19 September 2007 at 3:15pm - Comments

Light installation at Earls Court 100% Design exhibition, created by Jason Bruges and his team of designers, for Greenpeace to promote their Energy Saving Lightbulb campaign.

Under construction: Jason Bruges at work

A small team of our staff members has been working hard at Earl's Court, London, putting the finishing touches to a brand new Greenpeace project. We've commissioned the top designer Jason Bruges to create an interactive garden of light, which will respond to people's movement through "touch pads" dotted around the installation.

Woolies customers demand they seize the light

Posted by jamie — 19 September 2007 at 7:27am - Comments

Woolies customers signed our flags asking the company to remove incandescent bulbs from their shelves

Remember those flags we hung outside Woolworths' head office last week? We have more of those. A lot more. Over 100 of them, each carrying dozens of signatures from Woolies customers eager to see the company selling only energy efficient bulbs. This morning, all those thousands of signatures are being delivered directly to the Woolworths board of directors at their meeting being held at head office, but of course we're doing it with a bit of style.

A great aviation debate

Posted by benet — 18 September 2007 at 3:19pm - Comments

Susan Kramer and Michelle di Leo at the aviation debate

We've just had a great aviation debate. Michelle di Leo, from Flying Matters (the big pro-flying lobby group) was up against Simon Montague from Eurostar, Doug Parr from Greenpeace, and Lib Dem transport spokesman, Susan Kramer MP.

Talking before the event, Susan gave me her view of the Tory's Quality of Life report - which John wrote about on his blog. She thinks they haven't gone far enough on aviation, wind power or nuclear. To misquote Mandy Rice-Davies, she would say that wouldn't she. The Quality of Life report was co-authored by Zac Goldsmith - who is running as the Tory candidate in Richmond (Susan Kramer's constituency). If she welcomes it, it would be as good as endorsing her opponent. It is the one side of politics which really annoys me: the need to take opposite views on vital issues because of short-term tactical advantage.

Environment moves to the fringe

Posted by benet — 18 September 2007 at 10:17am - Comments

Reading about the Lib Dems climate plans at their party conference, Brighton 2007

A beautiful day in Brighton this morning! There were blue skies and sunshine as I walked along the seafront for my first meetings. There is no better way to start the day.

GM: back with a vengeance?

Posted by jamie — 17 September 2007 at 10:16am - Comments

As if Monday mornings weren't generally bad enough, the Guardian's headline this morning warns of the "return of GM". Biotech companies and government ministers are preparing to shoehorn GM technologies into UK agriculture, using climate change as an excuse. Their reasoning is that they'll be able to win the public over this time round if they claim that GM crops are needed to keep us fed as the climate becomes less favourable to regular varieties.

A green thread emerging at the conference

Posted by benet — 17 September 2007 at 10:09am - Comments

Ming Campbell contemplates his party's climate change manifesto

The Lib Dems are promising this conference will have a green thread running through every debate: from transport and energy, to international development and planning. It is early days – I haven’t even been into the conference hall proper yet – but the agenda looks good and seems to support this. This morning, they are debating the Party’s radical proposals to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050. This is exciting stuff, and exactly the kind of ambition we need if Britain is going to lead the world in the fight against climate change.

The Lib Dem challenge

Posted by benet — 16 September 2007 at 1:00pm - Comments

Lib Dem Conference, 2007: this way to the Climate Clinic

So conference season starts today with the Liberal Democrats in Brighton. I am just finishing up in Canonbury Villas before heading off to Victoria and a train trip to the seaside.

Three party conferences in three weeks will be hard work. But they are a great opportunity to meet key advisers and politicians away from the pressure of Westminster. I am an unashamed political obsessive, so I'm looking forward to spending 18 hours a day talking politics and the environment.

Brighton rocks with the Climate Clinic

Posted by jamie — 16 September 2007 at 11:49am - Comments

Climate ClinicIt's that time of year again. From this weekend, politicians, journalists and the party faithful will be congregating in seaside towns beginning with the letter B - Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool - as the three main parties hold their annual love-ins.

Flagging up the light bulb issue with Woolworths

Posted by jamie — 14 September 2007 at 3:32pm - Comments

Flags adorned with customers signatures outside Woolworths head office

Some of the flags bearing customers' signatures, telling Woolworths to seize the light and ditch inefficient light bulbs, hanging outside their London HQ

It's been a while since we heard from Woolworths about their policy on light bulbs, so we thought we'd deliver a little something to let them know we haven't forgotten about them.

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