First sight of agenda for Lib Dem conference in York – UPDATED

Previously I talked about the excellent Anders Hanson and his English Party reports. Now it’s the turn of Geoff Payne and his excellent federal party reports, from which the following information is taken about the agenda for Liberal Democrat conference in York (for which there is a Facebook event here).

We will be debating motions on:

The rally is going to focus on Europe. There will be consultation sessions on the Governance Review being undertaken by the Federal Executive and on the Agenda 2020 exercise presently underway through the Federal Policy Committee. There will be speeches from Lorely Burt and Caroline Pidgeon as well as the usual Leader’s Speech and Question and Answer session.

This news is also particularly welcome:

We have decided to launch a scheme that allows non-member party supporters to attend conference. We have set up a new registration category to that end. We think that it will be used by partners or family members of party members who attend conferences currently or new potential members who have not joined yet and would like a taste of the party first. This is an interesting scheme that we are going to watch carefully as it presents some good recruitment opportunities.

I’m a big fan of ways to involve non-members – hence my championing of having a ‘registered supporters’ or ‘friends of the Liberal Democrats’ scheme as part of a wider core votes strategy for the Lib Dems. This is a very welcome step in that direction. (Update: more details of the conference supporters scheme are here.)

Geoff’s reports are also included in Liberal Democrat Newswire (thanks Geoff!).

Update: outline agenda

Friday, March 11 2016

Consultative sessions (Novotel)15:00-17:30
Main doors and exhibition open (York Barbican)16:30
Meet the Party bodies’ – drop-in session (Lendal Room)from 17:00
Civic Drinks Reception17:15 – 18:00
Conference Rally18:15 for 18:30 – 19:30
Evening fringe

Saturday, March 12 2016

F1 Opening by President09:00 – 09:10
F2 Federal Conference Committee Report09:10 – 09:20
F3 Federal Policy Committee Report09:20 – 09:30
F4 Liberal Democrat Economic Policy Motion09:30 – 10:30
F5 Speech by Baroness Lorely Burt10:30 – 10:50
F6 Fracking Motion10:50 – 11:45
F7 Regulatory Framework for Cannabis Motion11:45 – 12:40
Lunchtime fringe
F8 Federal Executive Report14:20 – 14:30
F9 Appointment of Federal Appeals Panel Motion14:30 – 14:40
F10 Speech by Caroline Pidgeon AM14:40 – 15:00
F11 Leader Q and A15:00 – 15:45
F12 Privacy and Security in a Digital Age Motion15:45 – 16:30
F13 Diversity Engagement Group Report16:30 – 16:35
F14 Campaign for Gender Balance Report16:35 – 16:40
F15 Federal Finance and Administration Committee Report16:40 – 16:50
F16 Enrolment of Members by SAOs and AOs Constitutional Amendment16:50 – 17:10
F17 Representation of Peers Constitutional Amendment17:10 – 17:40
F18 Parliamentary Party Reports17:40 – 18:00
Evening fringe

Sunday, March 11 2016

F19 Emergency Motion09:00 – 09:40
F20 Electing Diverse MPs Motion (more information here)09:40 – 11:05
F21 Private Renters Motion11:05 – 11:45
F22 Leader’s Speech (on which, see this advice)11:45 – 13:00


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