Some people on the Hard Left weren't happy to see me there though:
"Campaign Briefing" handed out to delegates by the left said:
"Tight elections for the six CLP seats on the NEC are due in 2012.
Surprise, surprise: the sole CLP representative whose profile is being boosted by chairing a Conference session is the very one who only just scraped onto the NEC from the right-wing slate last time. Conference has the right to expect the selection of chairs to be non-partisan. Centre-left
NEC members from the alternative slate should also be chairing Conference. They all have larger mandates from the membership than Luke Akehurst, who is well known for his strident support for the invasion of Iraq and is allegedly the joint secretary of the hard-right (and shadowy)
organisation, Labour First. The latter organisation puts together the rightwing slate."
How silly and sectarian and contrary to the comradely and collegiate way members of the NEC treat each other, right or left. It's also an insult to the seriousness with which I took my duty to chair fairly and non-partisanly. But thanks for the free publicity guys.