400 delegates packed Birmingham Town Hall and heard stories of how privatisation in the probation service has failed.
As well as debate delegates took to Victoria Square for a public campaigning session at lunch time that was covered by the press and tv.
Rob Johnston said:
"Figures from NOMS in 2012 showed that all 35 probation trusts in England and Wales were showing either good or excellent performance. Indeed the service won British Quality Foundation medal for excellence in 2011.
So why does the government brand it failing? Why the rush to privatisation? Privatisation has failed before, it has failed across the whole publi sector and it is our job to defend our quality public services.
So a message to government - hands off our probation service. Public services, not for profit."