Conferences in the clouds

George Crozier reviews the 2020 party conferences, which took an unusual turn this year

Party conference season had a very different look and feel this year, as Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives all went online, adapting their annual gatherings to the new normal of the coronavirus pandemic. Keynote speeches and fringe programmes survived largely intact but, Lib Dems aside, it was much harder for ordinary members and activists to make their voices heard this year, with policy discussions curtailed and little opportunity to network with parliamentarians.