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Rossana Leal, first-time delegate to the 2021 Labour Party Conference offers some personal thoughts on what she experienced and witnessed – including a remarkable meeting that transported her back over forty years.

I was privileged to have been delegated to take part and represent my local CLP at the 2021 Labour Party Conference. Mandated to support our housing motion, I was excited to be taking part in a national conference with Party people from all over the UK, the whole experience, completely new to me.

We began receiving emails and links to documents to read through, which had no meaning to a first-time delegate. I sought advice from my local neighbour, fellow delegate and longer-time member of the Party, who very kindly hosted a meeting with all the delegates so we could get organised and went through the agenda and what it could all possibly mean. Policy documents, voting…

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