motions training stalls
Policy Debates Training  Exhibition
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Expert Panels “Fringe” Discussion Meetings

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.

Conference photos are here on our flickr stream

Autumn 2016

Our 2016 Autumn conference will be in Lancaster at the University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD.

It will be on Saturday 15th October: the agenda has yet to be finalised but it is likely to run 10am – 430pm.

Details online now:

  • Directions

Details coming soon:

  • Agenda
  • Motions and Debates
  • Booking
  • Training programme
  • Information for conference exhibitors & Lib Dem groups
  • How to submit motions / themes for debate

Getting There

Here is a campus map of the Gateway building and the Lancaster site. The address is University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD.

The postcode for satnav devices is LA1 3JD.

Please note if coming by car that there are ongoing roadworks around Junction 34 of the M6 so you may be better leaving at J33 or J35 and taking the A6. Details on the roadworks progress can be found here.

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

exb-passExhibitors Information

A vital part of conference is the exhibition area, where you can showcase your organisation to Lib Dem party members.

We have a limited number of spaces at the Lancaster venue so please book early to make sure of your space.


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.

Policy Debates

The Autumn policy motions deadline will be announced later this year.

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.

Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture

The October 2016 conference will include the third Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture.

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 opening soon.

Executive 2017

The Conference includes the AGM and election of the 2016 Regional Executive.

Executive nomination forms, along with AGM Minutes & Agenda will be published here nearer the time.

Past events: Spring 2016

Saturday 2nd April 2016, 10am – 4pm.
Heald Green Village Hall, Outwood Rd, Heald Green, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 3JL

Guest speakers included Vince Cable, Greg Mulholland MP, Lord Goddard of Stockport and all four of our Police & Crime Comissioner candidates for the North West – Loraine Birchall, Chris Carubia, Neil Lewis and Graham Roach.


Conference Registration



Booking form PDFYou can book by downloading a pdf form here, printing it off and sending it in to Regional HQ with a cheque made payable to “Liberal Democrats North West”.


To book online:

Online booking has now closed.

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.

Getting There

Directions to Heald Green Village Hall are here on their website.
Heald Green train station is about 7 minutes’ walk away with services 3 times an hour from Manchester Piccadilly.

Motions & Debates

We will have two consultation sessions and two motions for debate.

Download the motions as a pdf document here.

Motion I: North West State Party
Motion II: PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

Consultation I: Welfare Policy (Federal)
Consultation II: Member Engagement in Policy Development


Training Programme

There will be training running throughout the day in parallel with the conference programme, provided by ALDC and Lib Dem HQ’s Campaigns, Elections & Field team.

Training sessions confirmed:

  • Retaining Members & Growing Your Membership
  • Introduction to Community Campaigning
  • Connect, PagePlus & Nationbuilder surgery
  • Getting into the Local Media

Policy Debate & Breakout Groups:
How to Submit Motions

Want to raise a subject at conference?

Find out more about how to with this this short guide.

The deadline for conference motions is Monday 21 March.

Exhibitors Information

We will not have an exhibition area at this conference but can arrange inserts in the conference welcome pack given to every conference attendee.

Contact us for details on costings and timing.

Past Conferences

Click here to read about previous regional conferences.