Past Conferences

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

Past Events: 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.

Conference runs from 10am – 430pm.

Online information so far:

Speakers through the day include Copeland byelection candidate Rebecca Hanson, Witney byelection candidate and new Chair of the English Party Liz Leffman, NW Brexit spokesperson Lisa Smart, Lord Andrew Stunell, Mayoral candidates Jane Brophy and Carl Cashman.

Getting There:

Here are local maps of how to find the venue as a pdf which you can print off – or if you have satnav / similar electronic maps look for WA4 6QE.

Training Programme:

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

  • Developing and growing your local party.
  • Fundraising from local businesses.
  • PPERA and other compliance issues.
  • How your candidate can help you grow your local party.

Online booking: Closed 12 noon, Wed 8 Feb

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.

Postal Bookings:


Policy Motions:

The deadline for submitting policy motions to the conference was January 14th.

Email the Vice Chair Policy, Andrew Haldane, on [email protected]

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 now online here as a PDF; printed copies will be in your conference welcome pack.


(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]).


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 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.


For Autumn 2015 our keynote speaker was Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron MP

Held in Lancaster on October 24th at the University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD.  The Agenda is here and our Policy motion. Presidents Award winners were David Mead (Chester), Cliff & Margaret Chapman (Hazel Grove), and Keith Taylor (Oldham).

Here’s a short film from the event:


After the 2015 General Election we had a special mini-conference election review day, Learning From The ‘Lections. Here’s a short film from that event:


Our pre-election conference in 2015 was in Bramhall on February 14th. Spring conference generally has a different structure from autumn, with policy theme discussions rather than narrow policy motions. As a pre-election conference, 2015’s was a little different. We were delighted to be joined by Party President Baroness Sal Brinton, and conference speakers included Mark Hunter MP, Lisa Smart, John Pugh MP, Gordon Birtwistle MP, Cllr Sue Derbyshire, Lord Goddard, John Leech MP, and Sir Andrew Stunell MP. The Conference Agenda is here as a pdf document


Our Autumn 2014 event was held in Lancaster on Saturday, 25th October. This conference included the first Viv Bingham Memorial Lecture. Michael Meadowcroft, former Liberal MP for Leeds North West, presented “A legacy to the future”. The Agenda is here. Motions: Devolution, Cheshire Radio, Young Carers


Our Spring 2014 gathering was held in Macclesfield on Saturday, 22nd March. Chris Huhne was our keynote speaker, addressing environmental issues in the light of his experience as cabinet minister . Conference also included a Manifesto Consultation session with the team drafting our General Election manifesto for 2015.


Our Autumn 2013 conference 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.


Our Spring 2013 event 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 2010 General Election Campaign, and John Pugh MP, Shadow Treasury Minister.