First timer or regular, voting or non-voting member, regional conference has something for everyone – lively policy debate, invaluable training, fantastic networking opportunities and much more.
2014 Autumn Conference
Our Autumn 2014 gathering will be held in Lancaster on Saturday, 25th October.
As last Autumn we will be at the Gateway building, University of Cumbria,. Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3J
There is a pdf map of the campus here – we are in the Gateway building marked number 17. It’s about a mile from the venue to the train station; for a local area map from the motorway / train station, follow this link to their website or see the booking form below.
The conference will run from 10.00am – 4.30pm, doors will open at 9.30am.
Training sessions have a focus on underpinning our elections work next May and will include: Connect Basics; General Election for PPCs; General Election for Agents; Salesforce for Data & Membership Officers.
Book for Conference now
Download and print a paper booking form by clicking here (opens a pdf). This form includes a map of the route from train station or motorway.
Alternatively you can book your conference place online now with this paypal button:
(ONLINE BOOKING HAS NOW CLOSED)
Exhibit at Autumn 2014 Conference
The exhibition area at conference is a great way to reach Lib Dem members with information about your organisation or campaign. Note: all our stalls are now booked.
Regional Executive & English Council Elections
The Conference includes the regional party AGM following which we elect our Regional Officers, Executive, Candidates Committee and representation to the English Council.
Download a nomination form here (opens a pdf, you may prefer to right-click and save a copy to open) – includes the election rules and election timetable.
Motions & Agenda
- The programme for the day is here.
The Regional Conference Committee and Regional Policy Committee have collated many motions submitted regarding devolution following the Scottish Independence Referendum.
- We have a proposals paper to debate and a background briefing paper which expands on some of the issues raised in the proposals paper. Here they are in a combined PDF.
- If you wish to submit amendments to the proposals paper these need to be in by 12 noon Wednesday 22nd October
- Cheshire Radio motion
- Young Carers motion
The policy motions deadline was 12 noon, Tuesday 23 September.
For future conferences, motions should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Liberal Democrats North West, 23 New Mount St, Manchester M4 4DE. If you need help or advice on how best to structure a motion to conference please do get in touch beforehand.
Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture
This conference will include the first Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture. Michael Meadowcroft, former Liberal MP for Leeds North West, will present “A legacy to the future”.
Our Spring 2014 gathering was held in Macclesfield on Saturday, 22nd March.
Chris Huhne was our keynote speaker, addressing environmental issues in the light of his experience as cabinet minister .
Conference also included a Manifesto Consultation session with the team drafting our General Election manifesto for 2015.
Spring conference has a different structure from autumn, with policy theme discussions rather than narrow policy motions.
Our Autumn 2013 gathering was held in Lancaster on Saturday, 19th October.
Michael Moore MP was our keynote speaker, looking at the future of the United Kingdom ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, informed by his experience as Secretary of State for Scotland for the past three years.
Our Spring 2013 gathering was held in Widnes on Saturday, 23rd February at the Ditton Community Centre, Dundalk Road, Widnes WA8 8DF. Key speaker was Simon Hughes MP, Lib Dem deputy leader in the House of Commons – first elected an MP 30 years ago almost to the day. It was our first Spring Conference in the new format with an emphasis on policy and campaign forums in place of narrow motions on specific aspects of policy.
Autumn 2012 conference was at Lancaster at the University of Cumbria, in a venue with an excellent view facing out to the coast. Party President Tim Farron MP and Parliamentary Party Chair Lorely Burt MP were among the speakers.
Our Spring 2012 Conference was in Blackpool on February 25th with keynote speaker Simon Hughes MP, deputy leader of the Lib Dems in the House of Commons – and other notable figures including Andrew Stunell MP, Gordon Birtwistle MP, Chris Davies MEP and many more.
Our Autumn 2011 Conference was held in Runcorn. Speakers included Andrew Stunell MP, Baroness Sal Brinton, and Cllr Richard Kemp, former Lib Dem leader on the LGA. Policy debated included the Localism Bill and on Fracking (hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is a technique that allows mining of natural gas and oil from deep shale formations.).
Our Spring 2011 Conference was held in Stockport on 26th February. It’s the first time conference has come to Hazel Grove constituency – held by our own Andrew Stunell MP since 1997. He joined us in his new role as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Our Autumn 2010 Conference was at the ACE Centre, Nelson, Lancs, on 16th October. Speakers included Susan Kramer, Tim Farron MP, Gordon Birtwistle MP, Lord Greaves, Baroness Walmsley, Chris Davies MEP and more. The conference included the Annual General Meeting of the North West Liberal Democrats, following which a new executive were elected to lead the work of the regional party in 2011.
Our Spring 2010 North West Lib Dem conference was held in Rochdale on 20 March. Speakers included John Sharkey, Chair of the party’s General Election Campaign, and John Pugh MP, Shadow Treasury Minister.