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East of England Regional Conference 2017
SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Lavender Close, Red Lodge, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 8TT

We're delighted to bring our 2017 regional conference back to Suffolk, in this community building at Red Lodge near Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket.

This one-day event will include policy debates, fringe meetings, training, reports, and more - including a lunchtime poster gallery where local parties, council groups, campaign teams and others will share their ideas and successes. All members of the party in the region can register to attend, speak and vote.

Our keynote speaker will be confirmed shortly.

The conference will include the annual elections for representatives to the party's English Council. A nomination form will be available shortly. The deadline for receipt of nominations is first post on Friday 13 October if by post, or 2:00pm on Saturday 14 October in the ballot box at the conference.

The calling notice pack for the conference, including downloadable forms, will be published shortly.

Online registration for the conference and stand bookings will open shortly.

Conference timetable

  • Saturday 30 September 2017: publication of final agenda online
  • Friday 6 October 2017, 10:00am: deadline for submission of emergency motions and amendments to motions
  • Thursday 12 October 2017: closure of online registration

Registration rates

  • To Sunday 17 September 2017: £27 standard rate
  • Monday 18 September to Thursday 12 October 2017: £32 late rate
  • Saturday 14 October 2017: £38 on the day rate

The venue: accessibility and transport

Information about the venue is available on the Red Lodge Millennium Centre website here. The centre has disabled access including disabled parking and a stair lift to the first floor break-out room. Main conference rooms and lunch are on the ground floor.

Red Lodge enjoys easy road access from the A11 and A14, and the nearest railway station (Kennett) is on the line from Ipswich to Cambridge. Further travel information will be published in the final agenda.

Regional conference access fund

Applying to the fund A small access fund is available to help improve accessibility for members attending the regional conference. Applications to this fund will be considered for (a) a reduced registration rate of £16; (b) assistance towards the cost of travel to the conference. Applications for reduced registration rates will only be considered if submitted before the deadline for standard rate registration (Sunday 18 September). Applications for travel support should be for the most economic means of public transport, or in exceptional circumstances for fuel costs where circumstances warrant this (eg disability), and where car sharing with other members is not possible. Applicants are expected to cover the cost themselves initially and to make a claim post-conference (all relevant receipts must be provided).

Contributing to the fund Any contributions made by party members to this fund are ring-fenced for this purpose only and where applicable, any unused donations will be carried over to the next regional conference. Any member registering for conference will be asked as part of their registration whether they would like to make a contribution to the fund and can do this when paying for conference. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation nonetheless you can do so by posting a cheque (payable to 'East of England Liberal Democrats') to Conference Access Fund (East), East of England Liberal Democrats, 54 Grymes Dyke Way, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0QT or use the PayPal donation button below.


A small number of free places at regional conference are available for people willing to fulfil two two-hour sessions as conference stewards, between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. The role includes setting up; registration; signposting; troubleshooting; and clearing the venue. If you are interested in being a conference steward, please contact conference@eastlibdems.org.uk to let us know.