Left Foot Forward banned from Tory party conference

Left Foot Forward has been banned from attending Conservative Party conference. In a letter dated 23rd September from the Conservative Party’s Head of Conferences, Stephen Williams writes:

“I am writing to let you know that you application to attend the above event [Conservative Party Conference] has been rejected…

“For over twenty years the party has included the following words on its application forms; ‘the completion and submission of this application does not confer any right upon the applicant to attend conference. The Conservative Party reserves the right to refuse admission to any person without ascribing any reason thereto.’

“I am sure you appreciate that these words and this policy were carefully chosen to avoid the development of any misunderstanding.

“I know this is not the reply you were hoping for, and I am sorry for that. However, it would not be sensible for me to fly in the face of agreed and accepted practices.”

Left Foot Forward will, nonetheless, report live from the Conservative fringe.

17 Responses to “Left Foot Forward banned from Tory party conference”

  1. Shamik Das

    RT @leftfootfwd: Left Foot Forward banned from Tory party conference: //bit.ly/1cRhJH What r they scared of? What hv they got to hide?!

  2. Bill Kristol-Balls

    Can you get some ‘Blair 4 President’ t-shirts made up for y’all to wear when interviewing the Tory faithful?

  3. Howard Reed

    “agreed and accepted practices” = banning anybody from the party conference who might disagree with you. Sounds like the Conservative party is less in favour of free speech than they might want us to believe!

  4. Daryn McCombe

    RT @leftfootfwd Left Foot Forward banned from Tory party conference: //bit.ly/1cRhJH

  5. Sunder Katwala

    @samuelcoates might open web spirit see party drop policy of refusing conf access to grown-up oppo like @leftfootfwd //tiny.cc/c6oCk

  6. Swagata

    Banned… or refused entry? I suspect places are at a premium and small blogs (how many readers come here?) might not get a look in. Maybe you can get in next year if this blog takes off?

  7. Tom Miller

    LFF banned from Tory conference: //bit.ly/nXrv1

  8. Jessica Asato

    RT @nextleft might open web spirit see party drop policy of refusing conf access to grown-up oppo like @leftfootfwd? //tiny.cc/c6oCk

  9. Henry

    They probably need some extra places for the Murdochs’ lackeys.

  10. Tom

    Hmm, I wonder whether you’ve made a bit of a mistake in the naming of this whole enterprise. To someone who knows nothing about the site, its aims and (lack of) party affiliations, ‘Left Foot Forward’ is quite a partisan name that does make you sound more radical/leftist than you actually are.

    ‘Think Progress’, meanwhile, strongly hints at its political leanings but doesn’t ram it down your throat in the same way (or allow itself to be misinterpreted by party chairman who probably just make a stereotype judgment from the name).

  11. Jack Storry

    They don’t want anyone there who will show them for what they are.

  12. sunny hundal

    Left Foot Forward blog banned from Tory party conference //is.gd/3Tap4

  13. Leon Green

    RT @pickledpolitics Left Foot Forward blog banned from Tory party conference //is.gd/3Tap4

  14. Jane

    Suspect you’ll find plenty of ‘unfriendly’people there. Can’t believe they’ve turned down the Mirror, Guardian, New Statesman, Independent,Tribune etc etc etc Must be more to this than you say.

  15. The Earl

    Can you blame them? Who really wants lefties like you people around anywhere?

  16. willstraw

    Earl – I’ve removed your other comment referring to someone as a “prat.” We don’t want your bile on here so be constructive or find another blog to annoy.

  17. Rebecca

    I agree re the name
    Would it not be good to have something without trad political associations?

    although i like the sense of movement it has

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