Spring 2021 Liberal Democrat conference will be online

Hopin online conferencing system screenshot

The spring federal Liberal Democrat conference will be held as usual in March next year, but as with the party’s successful autumn 2020 conference, it will be held online.

The key dates are:

  • Drafting Advice for motions: 17th December 2020
  • Motions Deadline: 6th January 2021
  • Drafting Advice deadline for amendments: 22nd February 2021
  • Amendments and Emergency Motions deadline: 8th March 2021
  • Appeals deadline: 18th March 2021
  • Spring Conference: 19th to 21st March 2021

Federal Conference Committee Chair Geoff Payne has also reported that a welcome simplification and improvement to the conference paperwork is planned:

We noted that, for an online conference, it makes no sense to have a separate Agenda, Conference Extra, and Conference Daily. It would be a lot better if they were merged into one document, and that is what we are going to do for Spring Conference. We will publicise an Agenda containing all of the motions that we have selected. That will be available as a printed document, at an extra cost, should people want it. We will then make available a compendious electronic agenda that contains the motions, the amendments, and all of the questions that we select at the later deadlines. We hope that that will provide an easier, and more user-friendly way of navigating through what we are debating. Because that document will overlap the app to a large extent, we will not be making the app available at Spring Conference.

Look forward to seeing you there!

UPDATE: See the agenda here.

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4 responses to “Spring 2021 Liberal Democrat conference will be online”

    • What was it you found it useful for with the autumn online conference? (Asking because I think with an online conference, and especially the plan for having the one integrated set of documents for spring, the app doesn’t have nearly the same use as with a physical conference where the app can take the place of carrying around lots of physical documents.)

  1. Very disappointed. The party conferences were one of the things I missed most this year. Meeting up with people and the general atmosphere are amongst the most important features of the conference and it almost goes without saying that an online conference has very little atmosphere. The chat facility didn’t seem to work at all at the Autumn conference. I didn’t try the random option, but I tried to contact two people specifically and there was no indication that they were aware of that.

  2. Can the document help us with setting reminders for various debates/events we want to attend. QR codes or whatever.
    Generally I love apps but dotting around all the elements is still a bit of a faff. So I’m loving the single place to find everything.

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