On one level this was unsurprising and consistent with the party's attitude towards Yes Scotland. But, on another, it is inconsistent with our fundamentally liberal values, our respect for pluralistic democracy and our desire to facilitate political debate.
I am not entirely sure who made this decision, but if either conference committee or the leadership feels that the party needs protecting from the evil rhetoric of Yes Scotland it demonstrates an insecurity and fear that is not befitting a party of our history and character. Personally, I would welcome Yes Scotland attending - as I would Better Together. There is nothing to suggest that we should agree with the aims of an organisation in order to allow it to exhibit at our conference - after all, at Labour conference this week there is a heavy "no to HS2" campaign presence in spite of HS2 being official Labour policy.
If Labour can do it, why can't we?
There are some Scottish Liberal Democrats who favour an independent Scotland and it is wrong to deny this reality. More importantly, while there is undoubtedly a majority within the Liberal Democrats who are opposed to Scottish independence, I doubt whether there are any who do not favour a fair and transparent debate about the issues ahead of the 2014 vote.
Therefore, to deny Yes Scotland the opportunity to disseminate information to conference delegates is a shocking misjudgment and totally contrary to fundamental Liberal Democrat values. I hope that for the sake of the party and for democracy, this decision needs to be reversed immediately.
I for one would love Yes Scotland to attend our conference. I would personally welcome the opportunity to debate with them, as also I am sure would so many of our fellow members.
Or is conference now a debate-free zone?