Up to Aviemore this weekend for the Scottish Labour Party conference. I had to miss the Friday session, as I try to do my MP surgeries on a Friday whenever possible (they seem to get busier every week - I now do three every Friday, and this week I had more than a dozen people to see). So it was up on the early train on Saturday morning.
I always enjoy the journey up to Aviemore, and was able to get there just after the start of the conference on Saturday. Because of my Friday surgeries, I missed Gordon Brown's speech, but I was there for Wendy Alexander's and I thought she did well. She obviously knew she was under pressure to perform well given some of the criticism she had faced, and she delivered. I was glad she focussed a lot on where the SNP government has been adopting policies which damage the poorest and more vulnerable in Scottish society - they've been allowed to get away with that too easily, and it's time they were challenged (in the way that the community campaigns have been doing in Edinburgh).
Spoke Saturday evening at an interesting fringe meeting organised by the Energy SavingTrust on the theme of "Scotland - a nation of low carbon citizens?", and then a bit of socialising with colleagues and friends (and both!) who I hadn't seen for a time. Sunday at conference again - and then back by train, this time not so good. On time, but overcrowded, and with no tea/coffee trolley - had First Scotrail not realised there would be lots of extra passengers coming back from Aviemore that weekend?