On Tuesday 11th May the Liberal Democrat Federal Executive and Parliamentary Party approved the coalition agreement negotiated with the Conservative Party.
Both bodies endorsed it by more than a three-quarters majority. The provisions of the 'triple lock' procedure approved by conference in 1998 have therefore been satisfied.
Nevertheless, the Federal Executive believes it appropriate to consult the party's membership on this important matter. The Federal Executive is therefore calling a special conference to enable the party to debate the coalition agreement reached between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party.
The motion endorsing the agreement – though not the agreement itself – is open to amendment. The amendments selected for debate by the Federal Conference Committee will be published late on Saturday 15th May.
The conference will be held in Birmingham on Sunday 16th May 2010.
Apart from welcoming and closing speeches, there is just one item: the debate on the motion submitted by the Federal Executive endorsing the coalition agreement.
In holding this special conference we are demonstrating again than we are a democratic party which listens to and trusts its members. However we vote, we will be making history; we hope you will be there to take part.
Registration is open to all party members.
For more information and to register go to the Registrations page. Advance registration has now closed, however on-site registration is still possible.
To view the agenda, the FAQ document and any other relevant papers please see the Conference Paperspage.
For information on speaking at conference please refer to the relevant section in the conference agenda which you will be able to download here.