Autumn 2015 Conference
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.
Our post-elections conference will be in Lancaster on October 24th at the University of Cumbria.
Further details including Agenda and Motions will be published closer to the conference, but you can book your place now at our special ‘early bird’ rate online or by post.
Online bookings: the form will take your name & address details as part of the payment process after you click “pay now”.
The policy motions deadline is 12 noon, Thursday 24 September.
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.
Conference photos are here on our flickr stream
Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture
The October 2015 conference will include the second Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture.
Our pre-election conference in 2015 was in Bramhall on February 14th. Spring conference generally has a different structure from autumn, with policy theme discussions rather than narrow policy motions. As a pre-election conference, 2015’s was a little different. We were delighted to be joined by Party President Baroness Sal Brinton, and conference speakers included Mark Hunter MP, Lisa Smart, John Pugh MP, Gordon Birtwistle MP, Cllr Sue Derbyshire, Lord Goddard, John Leech MP, and Sir Andrew Stunell MP. The Conference Agenda is here as a pdf document
Our Autumn 2014 event was held in Lancaster on Saturday, 25th October. This conference included the first Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture. Michael Meadowcroft, former Liberal MP for Leeds North West, presented “A legacy to the future”. The Agenda is here. Motions: Devolution, Cheshire Radio, Young Carers
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.
Our Autumn 2013 conference 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 event 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.