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Regional Conference 2018 programme

Regional conference is our annual opportunity to hear from leading party figures, discuss policy ideas, take part in training and development and ask questions about the running of the party. Book now.

Doors will open by 0930. Lunch is provided (included in your registration fee).

You can download the full agenda [PDF] or see the summary below.

Morning session (1000 - 1240)

1000 Welcome to Conference and Parliamentary reports

Baroness Dorothy Thornhill will report to members about the work of Liberal Democrats in Parliament and take questions. We send out best wishes to Norman Lamb MP who is recuperating following a recent operation.

1030 Keynote speech: Layla Moran MP

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran will address conference and respond to members' questions.

1120 BREAK

1050 Campaigns presentation

Scott Lansdell-Hill from the Campaigns and Elections team will lead a short presentation on the party's campaign plans and preparation for the crucial local elections in 2019. With Cllr Lucy Nethsingtha, Chair of Conference Committee

1210 Regional party report-back

The AGM section. Your opportunity to hear from regional officers about East of England Liberal Democrat activities. Members will be asked to vote to receive the chair's and treasurer's reports and approve the 2017 accounts.

1240 LUNCH

Afternoon session (1345 - 1600)

1345 Climate Change and the Low Carbon Economy

Contribute to the party's consultation towards a new policy on Climate Change and the Low Carbon Economy. Download the full consultation paper.

1430 Motion: Moving from the new timetable fiasco to an integrated East of England railway infrastructure

Debate a motion submitted by members calling for the resignation of the Transport Secretary.

1450 Elections announcement

The Returning Officer will announce the results of any uncontested elections and explain which posts require a ballot of members.

1455 Party strategy

Federal Board member Simon McGrath will update members and answer questions on the Federal Board's activities including the recent consultation on the proposed registered supporter scheme.

1515 Panel discussion

The Liberal Democrats rely on our members and supporters in order to survive and thrive. The panel will draw on its experience and that of audience members to discuss how to ensure members are engaged and at the heart of our campaigns and activity.

1555 Closing announcements

1600 Close of Conference

Training sessions and fringe

Alongside the events in the main auditorium there will be a series of training and development sessions [PDF] to help members brush up their skills, learn more about party organisation and discuss campaign techniques.

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