Liberal Democrats

What's going on

When people think of political conferences they picture the policy debates in the auditorium, but there's also a bustling programme built around the debate sessions.

Ahead of the conference look through the app to find out what's on the programme and start planning what you're going to attend.

Auditorium agenda

The outline agenda will be posted online and registered attendees will receive emails to let them know when it is released.

Consultative sessions

The first part of conference is usually taken up with consultative sessions. These are relatively informal, organised by the Federal Policy Committee to discuss policy papers, which are in the process of being drafted, or by parliamentary teams to discuss topical issues.

Exhibition

The exhibition is located in the conference centre and there are stands from charities, commercial organisations, government bodies, publishers, NGOs and party bodies.

The exhibitors come to conference to meet our attendees so please stop by for a chat. Many of the stands also have competitions and a great supply of free goodies!

The party bodies are Lib Dem-affiliated organisations with special interests. You can use these bodies to explore and campaign on your particular interests within the Party framework. The people running the stands and have in-depth knowledge on how they operate, so never be afraid to ask for advice.

The exhibition hall also has cafe stands with hot meals, snacks and drinks so it's a good place to chill out during conference.

Fringe programme

The Fringe is a hectic programme of 50+ sessions held in the Conference Centre and the conference hotel - check out the fringe guide for the full schedule.

Sessions are organised by national newspapers, NGOs, businesses, and internal party groups and there are a huge variety of formats, including panel sessions, debates, Q&As and networking receptions.

Most are open to all conference attendees but entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis and latecomers may be turned away, so make sure you get there early! Some fringes are by invitation, so please check the fringe listing on the app before you set off.

Training sessions

Training sessions are run by the party’s Campaigns Department, the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) or other party bodies, and are a great way to acquire new skills 

There are a huge range of options available, including: public speaking, chairing and managing meetings, organising volunteers, and deep dives into policy topics.

Training runs throughout the day, so double-check for any clashes with sessions you wish to attend in the main hall. 

Spokespeople Q&As

At each conference, there will be a series of Spokespeople Q&A sessions.

During these meetings, you can ask any questions that you may have on the issues relating to their responsibilities and their departments. These sessions are open to all, so it is a fantastic opportunity to find out what our parliamentarians are up to.

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Spring Conference

York,13-15 March 2020