The spring party conferences are nearly upon us and these curious events remain at the heart of the Scottish political calendar.
Conference season can be a particularly gruelling time for journalists, lobbyists and policy wonks, with consecutive weekends taken up by politicking, pressing the flesh and gulping down vast quantities of complimentary alcohol and sandwiches.
As ever, Halogen will be present at all of the spring party conferences, starting with Scottish Labour next weekend in Perth from 24-26th February and ending with the SNP Conference in Aberdeen on 17-18th March.
Why Conferences Matter
Even with accusations that they are corporate, soulless and heavily choreographed affairs, they still matter: party conferences set the political agenda and are important forums for debate, policy development and networking.
Moreover, the upcoming spring conferences will be of added importance due to the Scottish local government elections in May. Politicians will keen to energise the party faithful ahead of endless door chapping and canvassing sessions. The “great response on the doorsteps” tweets have already began in earnest…
The political action is not reserved for the speeches inside conference hall. The exhibition stalls provide an opportunity for business, charities and organisations to engage with policymakers at all levels, as well as for the rank-and-file to quiz their elected representatives and outside interests during fringe meetings.
And with debates around Brexit and the possibility of Indyref 2 in the background, they all promise to be lively affairs.
Dates For Your Diary
The dates for the main Scottish political spring conferences are as follows:
• Scottish Labour: 24-26 February, Perth.
• Scottish Conservatives: 3-4 March, Glasgow.
• Scottish Liberal Democrats: 10-11 March, Perth.
• Scottish Greens: 11 March, Glasgow.
• SNP: 17-18 March, Aberdeen.
Halogen’s Monitoring Services
Our seasoned conference goers will be at all of the main Scottish party conferences to report back on issues of relevance for our clients.
If you would like to take advantage of our bespoke political monitoring during party conference season, or hear more about the related services we offer, please contact Raymond Robertson at email@example.com / 0131 202 0120.