European What is the purpose of political conventions? Bella Brown September 29, 2023 Listen on Spotify Apple Music Google Play EN_Google_Podcasts_Badge Created with Sketch. Acast As the Conservative Party conference is about to begin, Aggie Chambre, the host, poses the question that is on everyone’s mind: What is the purpose of the conference season? Reword: She discusses with former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine about the past conventions. Sky News’ Sam Coates and POLITICO’s Jack Blanchard share their perspectives on the significance of these events for journalists and how they can shape the narrative. Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, shares with Aggie the renowned social events held at their conferences and how conference planners are shifting away from prioritizing grassroots members. The director general of the British Chamber of Commerce, Shevaun Haviland, discusses the reasons why businesses attend party conferences, while former chief executive of CCHQ, Mark MacGregor, explains why they may not find it beneficial.