It’s uncomfortable to disagree with the leader on this one. But thanks for the throat sweets Nick. I don't come from any faction or tendency in the party, except the liberal one - hence the day-glo orange jacket. The last time I was arguing that conference should reject the leadership line was almost two decades ago. Alex Carlisle, then trade and industry spokesman, said 'the entire parliamentary party ' was united against a motion for a minimum wage that Shirley Williams and I argued for. I knew then we'd won!
These days we’re showing a steady discipline under fire, quite rightly. But our core values are at stake on this Bill. Please tell the leadership to think again. Don't vote for the amendment. Do vote for the motion.