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2014 Spring Conference
Our Spring 2014 gathering will be held in Macclesfield on Saturday, 22nd March.
Spring conference has a different structure from autumn, with policy theme discussions rather than narrow policy motions.
The conference will run from 10am – 5pm, and doors will open at 9.30am.
Booking forms and other information will appear here soon.
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.
Still available as PDF:
- A map of the campus and route to train station & M6 (external site)
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.