Conference

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Policy Debates Training  Exhibition
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Expert Panels “Fringe” Discussion Meetings


First timer or regular, regional conference has something for everyone – lively policy debate, invaluable training, fantastic networking opportunities and much more.

Conference photos are here on our flickr stream

Spring 2017

Our Regional Spring Conference will be held in Warrington on Saturday 11th February.

We will be at the Church Hall of St. John’s United Reform Church, Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington, WA4 6QE.

Keynote speaker is Witney byelection candidate and new Chair of the English Party Liz Leffman.

We also have a training programme in parallel with the main hall speakers and debates:

  • Developing & Growing Your Local Party
  • Fundraising from Local Businesses
  • The Role of the PPC in local parties
  • PPERA and other Compliance Issues

Further details of the conference lineup will appear here over the next few weeks: book now!

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Note: Concessionary booking rate. You are entitled to this rate if, at the time of registering for conference, you are receiving state benefits due to being unemployed, the dependent spouse of an unemployed person, on income support, a full time student or if your main source of income is the state pension. We take your word for it, we do not require you to supply documentation.

Policy Motions:

The deadline for submitting policy motions to the conference is January 14th.  Email the Vice Chair Policy, Andrew Haldane, on [email protected]

Further Info:

Details to appear here over the coming weeks:

  • Directions
  • “Early Bird” Booking by post
  • Information for conference exhibitors & Lib Dem groups
  • Training programme
  • Conference Agenda, Motions and Speakers

Autumn 2016

Our 2016 Autumn conference was in Lancaster at the University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Speakers included Tim Farron MP, Baroness Barker, John Pugh MP, Lord Storey and Mark Pack.

It was on Saturday 15th October.

Details online:

  • Directions
  • “Early Bird” Booking (online and by post)
  • Information for conference exhibitors & Lib Dem groups
  • Training programme
  • How to submit motions / themes for debate (deadline passed)
  • President’s Awards honours nomination form (deadline passed)
  • Conference Agenda, Motions and Speakers (Motions Deadline was September 5th)

Agenda, Motions & Speakers

These are still online here as a PDF.

Booking

(Online / Advance Booking has now closed)

After clicking “Add to Cart” you will be taken to the next stage in the booking process which lets you add more tickets if required, and takes name and address details as part of the Paypal payment process – or adds them automatically if you have a Paypal account are already stored as part of it. If you are booking for more than one person we will be in touch for the details of second & further registrations, which the paypal process alas can’t handle.

 

Alternatively you can print off & post in with cheques / postal orders our Downloadable Booking Form (PDF)

Note online/advance booking will close prior to the conference to allow name badges, registration lists etc to be prepared in time. Postal bookings need to be posted in time to be processed ahead of the event so we recommend at the latest a posting date of 10th October for first class mail.

lancaster map of campusGetting There

The address is University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JDHere are a set of maps as PDF and here is a jpeg campus map of the Gateway building and the Lancaster site.

The postcode for satnav devices is LA1 3JD. The nearest motorway interchange is Junction 34 of the M6 – alternatively you can leave at J33 or J35 and taking the A6.

Conference runs 10am – 5pm, with the registration desk opening at 9.30am.

Policy Debates

The Autumn policy motions deadline is 12 noon on Monday September 5th, 2016.

Motions should be submitted by by post to Liberal Democrats North West, 23 New Mount St, Manchester M4 4DE, or by email to the regional office.

Here is a paper with more information on submitting policy motions. (pdf)

If you need further help or advice on how best to structure a motion to conference please do get in touch beforehand.

Training Programme

We will have training sessions on:

  • Campaigning from Scratch
  • Public Speaking
  • Election Law
  • How To Use Data

There will also be drop-in support and advice sessions through the day on

  • Page Plus
  • Connect
  • WordPress / MyCouncillor Sites

Exhibitors Information

A traditional part of conference is the exhibition area, where you can showcase your organisation to Lib Dem party members. Due to the shape of the Lancaster venue we are not running exhibition space this time around, but you can book space in the Conference Welcome Pack for flyers and other information about your group or campaign. Email the conference team to arrange this ([email protected]).

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Training Programme

There will be training running throughout the day in parallel with the conference programme.

Training sessions will be listed here nearer the time.

Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture

The October 2016 conference will include the third Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture. Our speaker will be Baroness (Liz) Barker, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Voluntary Sector and Social Enterprise.

President’s Awards

Each Autumn Conference we recognise the work of Lib Dem volunteers with the North West Liberal Democrats President’s Awards.

Nominations are open: download a form here.

Executive 2017

The Conference includes the AGM and election of the 2017 Regional Executive.

Executive nomination forms can be downloaded here

Nomination forms for regional president can be downloaded here

The AGM Minutes & Agenda can be downloaded here

 


Past Conferences

Click here to read about previous regional conferences.