motions training stalls
Policy Debates Training  Exhibition
panel breakout
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

Autumn 2017

Our 2017 Autumn conference will be in Lancaster at the University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD.

It will be held on Saturday 21st October and run from 10am – 4.30pm.


Online / early bird booking has now closed.
You can still register for conference on the day at the reception desk in the Gateway Building of the Lancaster Campus.
Conference reception opens at 9.30am on Saturday and conference runs from 10am to 4.30pm.

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.
Here is the booking form as a printable 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.


motionsAgenda, Motions & Speakers

Our speakers include Wera Hobhouse MP and Lord Stunell.

The motion deadline was 7 September.

Here are the motions accepted after review by the Conference Committee and Policy Commitee:

The deadline for amendments was 12 noon, 4 October: these will be published on 11th October.

The provisional agenda for the day including main hall sessions, training and fringe is here:

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 – 430pm, with the registration desk opening at 9.30am.

Policy Debates

The Autumn policy motions deadline is 7th September.

The Policy Motion Amendments deadline is 22nd September

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 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.

trainingTraining Programme

Our training programme includes sessions on

  • Designing & Running a Campaign
  • Running an Effective Local Party
  • Building a Welcoming, Inclusive Local Party
  • Social Media
  • Campaigning with Connect
  • Leaflet Design
  • Nationbuilder & MyCouncillor Websites

stallsExhibitors Information

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

Stall bookings are now open & alternatively you can book space in the Conference Welcome Pack for flyers and other information about your group or campaign.

You can download a form to book stalls or inserts here as a PDF

Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture

The October 2017 conference will include the fourth 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 needed to be submitted before September 29th.  Here is the nomination form.

Executive 2018

The Conference includes the AGM and election of the 2018 Regional Executive.


2018 Executive & English Council representatives nomination forms – download here as a PDF. Note: nominations close at close of Conference.

Executive & EC nominations may be posted to The Returning Officer, Liberal Democrats NW, 23 New Mount Street, Manchester M4 4DE, or directly to The Returning Officer, Bob Charlesworth, 10 Garden Road, Eastwood, Nottingham NG16 3FW or posted in the nominations box at regional conference.

The AGM Minutes & Agenda – now downloadable here. AGM 2017 agenda and 2016 minutes



Past Conferences

Click here to read about previous regional conferences.