I'm off to the Green Party's Spring conference shortly. It is always a thoroughly revitalising time, catching up with old friends, getting involved in hefty debates, drinking far too much beer... This year it is a month earlier than normal, and therefore leaves March very clear for local election work.
Our conference is different to most parties in that it is where we decide on policy. Even though we will soon be getting a leader for the first time, unlike other parties, there is none of the 'policy on the hoof approach' with us. Policy changes are debated and democratically decided upon - while it make thing a little slower than I would like, it does ensure far more robustness that can be seen in other parties. It also means that the public can see the detail of our current policies at all times, again compare this to others!