Tuesday 01 April 2008
Travel up to Aviemore for the Scottish Labour Party Conference where we are exhibiting and arrive late on the Friday night - although this turns out to be worthwhile when I manage to get a chat with Harriet Harman at one of the evening events.
The next day is an early start as I attend the earlybird fringe on public sector reform at 8.30am, which gives me a chance to catch up with an old friend, former Health Minister Andy Kerr who is one of the speakers.
Later in the morning we have a number of senior politicians visiting the stand including Defence Minister Des Browne and in the afternoon we go into the hall and listen to Wendy Alexander speech. To be fair to her she gives a decent performance having had a difficult year and the delegates appear to warm to her over the rest of the weekend. Later that evening she speaks at a STUC event and says all the right things. We end up talking into the small hours with Leader of Glasgow Stephen Purcell and his Chief Whip Aileen Colleran who is also on APSEs National Council. They tell us about some important announcements that are getting made the next morning and its interesting to watch Stephens press team at work over the course of the evening making sure the story on apprenticeships gets into the Sunday press and coverage on the BBCs politics show.