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  • Chair speaking at Conference
    Article: Jun 14, 2018
    By Tahir Maher in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Congratulations on being elected the new FCC Chair

    Thank you! It is a really exciting job to have; one of the very best in the party.

    What changes do you think that Andrew Wiseman brought to the FCC as Chair?

    Andrew was a great chair. He steered us through the immediate pre-coalition period, though the years we were in government and then the period of re-building afterwards. He oversaw increases in attendance, vast increases in commercial revenue from 2010 and more recently the attendance of huge numbers of new members at conference. One of the most significant changes that he successfully navigated us through was the abolition of conference representatives and the move to one member, one vote. He will be a very hard act to follow.

  • Brighton Conference
    Article: Jun 6, 2018

    Register for Autumn conference for £60. Ends midnight Friday!

    After great local election results, we are looking ahead to 4 days of thought-provoking, lively and engaging events. At conference, you can:

    Meet like-minded Liberal Democrats - Welcome our new councillors and network with over 4000+ party members

  • Southport
    Article: Mar 9, 2018
    By Vince Cable

    This weekend thousands of Liberal Democrats will converge on Southport for our Spring Conference.

    They'll be there to meet like-minded Lib Dems, learn all the latest campaigning techniques and to make policy. They'll also be there to help my team, and I set out our vision for Britain.

    The Conference will do that, by focusing on our fight for an Exit from Brexit, and on how we build a country where excellent education, quality healthcare, a good job, an affordable home and clean air are available to all.

    Even if you're not in Southport, you can still be part of our conference. You can follow the action as it happens on our live blog here: libdems.org.uk/conference-live

    And you can sign up for a Daily Update of everything that's happening in the hall, all the big speeches and what policy has been passed. Sign up for your Conference Briefing here:

    Sign up for the Conference Briefing

    Best wishes,

    Vince

    Vince Cable

  • Your Liberal Britain
    Article: Mar 9, 2018
    Six months ago, we launched your Vision for a Liberal Britain - a statement of the Lib Dem aim to reshape this country.

    That vision was based on the ideas of 7,000 Lib Dems, and made with the help of 400 more - not to mention the 1,000 members who organised and attended discussion events up and down the country.

    Now I have good news for you. At Spring Conference in Southport this weekend the party will be debating a new, official strategy. And look, your vision statement is front and centre! Here's how the strategy starts:

    "Our aim is to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.


    "Our ambition for our country and the wider world is set out in further detail in the Vision for a Liberal Britain drawn from thousands of party members over the last two years, the paper on party philosophy, It's About Freedom, and the policy overview paper The Opportunity to Succeed, the Power to Change (2016). Now we need a strategy to deliver that vision."


    You know what's even better? The party included your vision statement of their own accord. We had nothing to do with this strategy. This is the party listening to you and taking on board what you had to say. We didn't need to convince them: they included this because they liked what you did.

    So if you were one of the 8,000 or so people who helped out in one way or another, you should feel proud. Since most of you won't be coming to Conference, we'll write again on Sunday to let you know how the debate goes!

    We're also happy to announce that we have developed with Vince Cable's approval an updated version of the Vision Statement that now, by popular demand, includes protecting and preserving our environment as a sixth goal. (The new version also clears up some, ahem, deliberate typos...)

    Read your Vision Statement here


    Here in the Your Liberal Britain team, we're excited to see our very first project reach its conclusion at a time when we're now launching more new initiatives than ever before. From the Ashdown Prize for Radical Thought to our volunteer teams helping to stop Brexit, we've got heaps of new opportunities for you.

    If you are coming to Conference, come to our events to get involved:

    1. Together with Lib Dems for Electoral Reform we're running a session challenging you to reinvent how we talk about Proportional Representation and the electoral system. Come to the Promenade Room in the Ramada Plaza for 13:00 on Saturday.

    2. Later that same day, we'll be running our popular new event, a Policy Brainstorm. With more than 20 planned around the country, these events help you devise bold new ideas to grab voters attention and encapsulate our vision. We'll be in the Executive Lounge of the Ramada Plaza at 19:45 on Saturday.

    Failing all that, come say hi at our stall in the Exhibition. We'd love to meet you.

    All the best,

    Jim Williams
    Founder, Your Liberal Britain

    PS Are you feeling welcomed enough yet? You probably spotted that we accidentally sent the welcome email that goes to every new member of this list to *every member of this list* the other day. As it turns out though, it led loads of you to explore our Get Involved page. So: you're welcome! ;)
    Your Liberal Britain is a grassroots initiative helping the Liberal Democrats reinvent themselves as a bold political movement that no-one can ignore.
  • Southport
    Article: Mar 6, 2018
    By Alan Muhammed & Joe Otten - Liberal Reform Co-Chairs
    Southport Conference Briefing - download now

    The Liberal Reform Southport Conference Briefing is now ready to download here with useful analysis on the motions and consultation papers brought to Lib Dem conference. You can get a hard copy from stand 20 and we'll be distributing them outside the conference centre.

    We received strong support for our vital amendments on F15 Party Strategy and F4 Local Government and Housing. If you signed them, thank you, they were successfully submitted today. If selected, we will present a strong case for conference to accept our amendments. If you're making it to conference, do help support these amendments by submitting a speakers card and voicing your view.

    We'll provide you with our e-briefings during conference so you don't miss anything important - we know lots of people can't come and are busy campaigning.

    Liberal Reform Drinks - Saturday 10th March, 8-9pm Ramada Plaza Bar

    We will be meeting for informal drinks in the bar of the Ramada Plaza in the Marine Brasserie area from 8-9pm on Saturday. Please come and say hello. We would be interested in your thoughts on the party's position and the role LR can play in its future.

    Fringe Event - Saturday 10th March, 9.30-11pm, Ramada Plaza, Hesketh 2
    The Northern Powerhouse: Liberalism enacted, statism writ large or a vacuous slogan? Join Wera Hobhouse MP - Lib Dem DCLG Spokesperson, Laura Gordon - Lib Dem PPC for Sheffield Hallam and Stephen Smith from Transport for the North. Chaired by Liberal Reform board member Tom Morrison.

    Whilst the political establishment has had its eyes firmly fixed on the challenges, debates and issues of Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse has silently fallen down the agenda of both the Government and its opposition. Our panel explore where the Liberal Democrats find themselves on this policy agenda.

    Say Hello at Stand 20

    Please do pay Liberal Reform a visit at stand 20 where you can let us know your thoughts on what the party should be doing. We have a shop where you can get hard copies of our publication on the Sharing Economy (digital version here) as well as "Don't Blame Me - I Voted Remain" badges.

    http://www.liberalreform.org.uk
    cochairs@liberalreform.org.uk

  • Southport
    Article: Mar 6, 2018
    By Lord Ken Macdonald in Liberal Democrat Voice

    This weekend, Conference will get a vote for my proposals of a new disciplinary process for the Party. This is the culmination of a series of consultation phases, and has been designed with members' feedback at the forefront of our minds.

    You can read my report here, and paper copies will be available at Conference. I will also be holding a Q&A session during the Saturday lunchtime fringe slot in the Marine Suite at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport. If you are attending Conference you are very welcome to attend and ask me any questions you may have, ahead of the debate which will take place that afternoon from 5pm.

  • Lord Wallace of Saltaire (Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Mar 5, 2018
    By Lord William Wallace in Liberal Democrat Voice

    The Spring conference will be discussing migration policy in Southport, on the basis of a carefully-written consultation paper. This is a particularly difficult topic for Liberals. Almost all of us would prefer to live in a world in which borders were open, and immigrants and refugees were welcomed. But global population growth, combined with state collapse, civil conflict and climate change, are combining to create a rising flow of migrants - driven both by political disorder and economic deprivation - towards the safe and prosperous countries of Western Europe. Many of them are trafficked on their way, maltreated as they struggle to escape danger and better their lives. How can we respond without abandoning our liberal values?

  • Liberal Democrat's Logo
    Article: Mar 4, 2018
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    One of the most important aspects of our party's accountability is the ability to question its powerful people.

    Every Conference, there are sessions where members can put their questions to the committees who run the party and to our parliamentarians. These are usually poorly attended, with just a few of the Usual Suspects turning up to ask awkward questions. Actually, the more people who turn up and the more awkward questions asked, the better the party will be.

  • Southport
    Article: Feb 23, 2018
    By Mark Pack Author, 101 Ways To Win An Election

    Liberal Democrat conferences come with quite a lot of paperwork, which makes the conference app for federal conferences a very handy way of helping to keep on top of all the information.

    Liberal Democrat conference: what you need to know

    The Liberal Democrats hold two federal (i.e. UK-wide) party conferences a year, a weekend in the spring and a week in the autumn. more

  • Southport
    Article: Feb 22, 2018
    By Caron Lindsay in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Liberal Democrat Spring Conference takes place in Southport in just two and a half weeks' time. Party members will be discussing policy motions on the NHS at 70, party strategy, housing, Brexit, education and rural communities.

    You might want to take note that the deadline for submitting amendments is 1pm on Tuesday 6th March so you have a whole 13 days to put your amendment together, find 9 people to agree with you and submit it to the Federal Conference Committee.