A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Conference - kids and parents not welcome early

After waiting, and waiting, and waiting, for our son Jed's (aged 2) Labour conference visitor pass to turn up, we finally managed to get through to Conference Services today.

They said:

- for some reason not a single child's pass has been printed yet - despite most having been received before 31 July
- every parent will have to queue up at Late Accreditation to collect their children's passes

OK, we said, we're coming down on Saturday because the London Region reception starts at 6pm - which is the official welcome to conference for London members. It's in the secure zone so even a 2 year old needs a pass to get in. We'd like to pop in to meet other delegates and visitors from our region. Not least because Jed's dad needs their votes for the NPF election. And it starts at a time that's suitable for Jed. When can we start queuing?

- you can't. Late Accreditation opens on Sunday.

So the average age of the Greater London Labour Party reception will go up a bit, and one of us will be sat in a hotel room watching c-Beebies with a pass-less Jed instead of meeting our fellow delegates and visitors.

Irritating for us, but a really huge issue for other people with kids who have booked into the couple of hotels inside the secure zone - how do they check in to their hotels without passes? If they are planning to be there on Saturday night it will often be because their work requires them to be there early.

Not very good logistical planning from what's supposed to be a family friendly party.

If conference organisers are reading this, please sort out a solution e.g. pass free admission for children on the Saturday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a bit paranoid that 2 year old children need a pass anyway to be honest.

10:05 am, September 21, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest Information is that passes for children have been printed and can be picked up on Saturday from The Pavillion.

1:39 pm, September 21, 2007

Anonymous Stuart Bruce said...

What the ****, Karen has spent a good part of today trying to phone to find out where Esme's (11 weeks) pass is. At least we now know we are not the only ones.

3:34 pm, September 21, 2007

Anonymous Antonia said...

Luke, Stuart - accreditation and pickup opens at 8am tomorrow. Will be standing in line myself, cos despite paying for both my passes well before the deadlines (you know, all those months ago when we thought we might still get a summer this year), only one has come. Oh well.

8:04 pm, September 21, 2007


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