I wanted to encourage a Labour movement family blog in every locality. In London this could be on a borough or regional basis. Run jointly by the local Labour Party and the affiliated trade unions. A campaigning and reporting blog which will primarily be aimed and used to demonstrate to the 3 million trade union affiliates (and others) that the responsibility for the massive cuts in services and benefits that we face are down to the CONDEMS – and no one else.
Mark is in the best tradition of Labour bloggers – enthusiastic, knowledgeable, cynical yet amusing. He will make a fine editor of Labour List as long as they do not run out of money.
Kerry is a total new media enthusiast who wants to use this medium as a new means to communicate our traditional Labour values to the real wider public.
Mary noted that she “was very pleased by the number of serious bloggers in the audience Councillor Stephen Cowan, Jon Worth, Tracey Cheetham, Mark Nottingham, Colin Ellar and the increasingly well regarded Political Scrapbook”.
There was a very good Q&A from the audience and since no-one mentioned my grand design for local Labour movement blogging, I assume that everyone agreed that it was a wonderful idea - or were too polite to disagree.
Mary gave all us panellists at the end a very lovely thank you card and a little pressie (see – bloggers do have manners!).
My pressie was the DVD of “A Very British Coup”. Which perhaps I ought to send on to our “Red Ed” to prepare him for what might happen when he does become PM!
Many thanks to Mary and her team for all their hard work for what was an enjoyable and instructive fringe.