By Kit Chentable
Liberal Democrat supporter Brian Sandalface has spoken of his excitement about the forthcoming 2021 LibDem Conference not realising that it had been held about a month ago online.
Mr Sandalface, 49, a copywriter of Richmond, Surrey, said: “I and all my fellow LibDems are really looking forward to the 2021 LibDem conference, which must be happening pretty soon now that both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have had theirs.
“You mark my words, we’ll have a few things to say when it happens, especially with the state of things at the moment.
“I’m especially looking forward to hearing what our leader will say. I’ve forgotten his name momentarily I’m afraid but he’s the one that’s not Vince Cable. It’ll come to me in a minute. It’s on the tip of my tongue. I can picture him. He has a face like someone is trying to punch him from the inside out.”
But according to the Institute of Political Studies in Swindon, the actual Liberal Democrat Party Conference was held in mid-September.
Karen Followbody, chief academic researcher of the institute, said: “We’ve had to go through hundreds of documents and newspapers looking for when the conference took place or will take place and after an intense investigation, which was like looking for a needle in a haystack, we found that the actual annual Liberal Democrat Party Conference was held in mid-September over Zoom.
“We only discovered this as it was mentioned once as a two paragraph News in Brief on Page 33 of the Littlehampton Gazette on 20 September. Blink and you would have missed it.
“Apparently the conference was held as a Zoom meeting so you can understand why no-one even knew it was taking place. Why they decided to hold their 2021 conference in secret is a mystery but maybe it was a bit last minute and the organisers only just remembered in time that they were part of a political party.”