Political Conferences 2012

Well, it’s finally over for 2012, almost three weeks of political conferences. I travelled to Brighton, Manchester and Birmingham for the Liberal Democrat, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party conferences. I enjoy covering politics, but three weeks of living in the ‘conference bubble’ crawling around on your knees (someone start wearing knee pads – then we all can, I’m not going to be the first!) staying in hotels and getting up very early going to bed very late; various Secretaries of State keynote speeches, numerous ministers speeches and of course the three leaders speeches takes it’s toll on your mental state as well as physically. Suddenly you find yourself yearning for a decent walk along a beach to take a decent weather picture just to get some fresh air.

Here’s a few of my favourites from the past couple of weeks, in reverse order.

Dave and Samantha Cameron hug after his speech

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers his speech in The Symphony Hall in Birmingham

Samantha Cameron listens to David Cameron talk about their son Ivan, who sadly died in 2009

Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, addresses the conference

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary for Health and Maria Miller, Secretary for Culture, applaud

A man reads a newspaper before the Prime Minister’s speech begins

Actor, Hugh Grant, sits alone during a ‘Hacked Off’ press conference

Young conservative delegates

The Prime Minster

The Prime Minister in the early morning sunshine

The Mayor of London arrives in a media scrum at Birmingham New Street Station to chants of “Boris, Boris” from a waiting crowd

A poster outside the conference centre

Chancellor George Osborne has a TV earpiece fitted before a live TV interview

A set of cuff links

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, during a question and answer event.

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, has make up applied prior to a TV interview

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party takes part in a TV interview for Sky News

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party waves after he delivers his leaders speech, with no autocue

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party

A woman uses her mobile phone outside the conference centre in Manchester

Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, waits to take part in a TV interview in Manchester

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats,  Nick Clegg, delivers his speech in Brighton

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats,  Nick Clegg, delivers his speech in Brighton

Vince cable and his team applaud Nick Clegg.

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