We are trying something new at this year’s Spring Conference. The Autumn Conference saw a record-breaking members’ attendance with more first time conference attendees than ever before and we are keen for even more members to come to conference and actively engage with the Party’s policy making process.
The Spring Conference in York will be the first conference under One Member One Vote and in light of this we reviewed, amongst other things, the current registration system. At our short weekend Spring Conference we will now only be offering a full Member’s registration option so that everyone attending has the right to speak, vote and receive conference papers. This means that we will no longer be offering day visitor passes at Spring Conference.
The original idea behind day visitor passes was to encourage members to get a taste of conference and encourage more attendance. It was felt that rather than offering an additional, more restrictive, ‘taster day pass’ it makes more sense to reduce the first timer’s rate to conference to enable those trying out conference to get the full experience. Therefore the first timer’s rate for the spring conference has been reduced to just £35 for the whole weekend.
Further, we are looking at ways to better support members to overcome barriers to coming conference through a Conference Access Grant. Details of this will be publicised in the New Year.
Andrew Wiseman, Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference Committee.