Cancellation of the Labour Party's 2009 Spring Conference promoted questions about party conferences in general. I have never seen the point of party political meetings that don't have powers to decide anything of substance. So I did not shed any tears about the Spring event - exclusively a talking shop.
But on the question of whether they have all passed their sell by date, news earlier today of Politics Home's panel survey, showing overwhelming support for party conferences, is a relief. There is still a job of work to be done to rehabilitate membership of political parties among the political class, members' rights and good governance.