Well I am told that George Galloway made a point of backing Peter Tatchell at the General Election. That will be news to some people.
An emergency motion to debate supporting a new left coalition, nick named 'Son of NO2EU' currently supported by the CPB and the Socialist Party and Bob Crow was defeated.
More when I get it, I am very much looking forward to getting to Birmingham at some point and supporting Salma Yaqoob, while I am famously not an advocate of 'a leader', its great to be able to work with two impressive women leaders of two progressive political parties.
Here is some more, at least two Green Left/Green Party members attended as observers, they will give a full report but here is a snippet.
'Overall all speakers were very very positive towards the Green Party, George Galloway, Salma Yaqoob, Ger Francis and a number of other members made a very big deal of supporting the Green Party in various different ways and how we work mutually as two different parties.I think it is important to note that George Galloway called for people to vote for Peter Tatchell if they are able too and gave a stong endorsement of Peters politics, so fair play to George. They were obviously very positive about our decision to stand down for Salma but also talked often about Salmas support for us in the Euros and used it as an example about the right way to go about left unity. There was a lot of talk from George and others that Respect should not look to small far left cults for coalitions but to organisations like the ourselves
What i found really interesting was an emergency motion put forward by various members ( in particular a former member of the SWP who shall remain nameless) to support the son of No 2 EU. Galloway absoultely hammered No2EU and in particuluar for standing against Peter Cranie in the North West (Indeed he even began shaking with anger) and refused to entertain any talk of coalition with the son of NO2EU. The emergency motion was defeated by 79-34 votes to be discussed at conference, however a very similar motion was debated. Ger Francis was very scathing of those who supported NO2EU and there were a fair few cat calls between the two sides of the debate.