Once I went to a dinner party and all the other guests either worked or volunteered for the same political party. They spent the whole evening talking about the inner workings of their party and about people in it that I didn’t know. There was literally no other subject of conversation. When I asked a couple of questions they were brushed aside – everyone was keen to get back to local party strategy. It was odd because this is a progressive party that stands for dialogue and inclusion. I’ve never felt so excluded!