The Syria Vote and Beyond – Radical Ideas for Difficult Problems (by George Kendall)

Originally published on LibDemVoice on 5/01/16

This Saturday, there is a day conference for Liberal Democrat members on the Syrian issue, sponsored by Lib Dem Lawyers association, Liberal International, and the Lib Dem Christian Forum.

It looks excellent.

To quote from the organisers, the event is to “discuss/disagree/learn from others in a respectful way to promote better understanding”.

It won’t be for recriminations over the vote in parliament or looking backwards; but rather an event where we can all learn a lot, and share forward-looking ideas.

In the Lib Dems, we’ve a wide range of opinions over Syria. There certainly are in the Social Democrat Group. I suspect, we all have a lot to learn, I certainly do. But, by and large, we want the same outcomes and there may be more agreement than we realise.

Syria is possibly the most complex foreign affairs issue for fifty years. The organisers have provided some links for background reading, and it’s clear from these that this will be a very thoughtful and serious event.

Congratulations to Graham Colley for organising it.

I’m going, and I’m looking forward to a fascinating and productive day.

The Syria Vote and Beyond – Radical Ideas for Difficult Problems
9.30 to 17.00, this Saturday, 9th Jan,
Bermondsey Village Hall, Kirby Grove, London SE1 3TD
Pre-register here (before Thursday, £25, £10 for concessions)

George Kendall is convener of the Social Democrat Group, which is being formed to celebrate and develop our social democrat heritage, and to reach out to social democrats beyond the party.