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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.


Autumn 2015

Keynote speaker: Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron MP


Our post-elections conference will be in Lancaster on October 24th at the University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD.  Conference runs 10am – 5pm, with the registration desk opening at 9.30am.

The Agenda is here and our Policy motion.

You can book your place now at our special ‘early bird’ rate online or by post.

Conference Registration


Postal bookings have now closed: you can however still click here for the paper booking form (pdf) for Autumn 2015

Online bookings: These have now also closed. You will need to register on the day at the on-day registration desk.

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

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.


Exhibitors Information

exb-passA 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.

Download a pdf paper Conference Exhibition form (pdf)




Training Programme

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

Training sessions include:

  • Planning your 2016 campaign
  • Becoming a Candidate
  • Building your Team
  • Doorknocking
  • Do 21st Century Voters care about Liberalism?


Policy Debates

The policy motions deadline is 12 noon, Thursday 24 September.

Motions should be submitted by email to [email protected] or by post to Liberal Democrats North West, 23 New Mount St, Manchester M4 4DE.

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

Conference photos are here on our flickr stream

The October 2015 conference will include the second Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture. This year our speaker will be David Howarth, former MP for Cambridge.


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 now closed: Nomination forms still here for reference.

Executive 2016

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

Executive nomination forms can be downloaded as a pdf here.

The AGM Minutes & Agenda will be published shortly.


Past Conferences

Click here to read about previous regional conferences.

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