A question to Federal Conference Committee as they open registration for Spring Conference

Despite the general election, our conference timetables have to proceed as normal. So this week, registration for Spring Conference in York opened.

You will definitely want to be there. Even when our party was out its lowest ebb, Conference is still the best fun you will ever have in your life. And it’s in York, which is a gorgeous city. And the food and beer at the Mason’s Arms, just down the road from the Conference Centre is delicious.

You can register here.

But I have a question for the Federal Conference Committee. If you register now, you get your conference pass for £60.  After 20th December, just 8 days after the election, the cost rockets up to £95.

Now, most of us are knocking ourselves out campaigning for the General Election. We’re out in the cold and dark on a daily basis. Campaigning is not cheap. You have to pay to travel -and many of us are travelling to our nearest target seats. And we’re all getting asked to contribute to local and national campaigns. 

This election is an unexpected and added expense just before Christmas. If you add to that the cost of registering for Conference as well, it might mean that some people just can’t afford to go.

So, FCC, would you please extend the early bird rate until early to mid January when most of us will have had one pay after the election?



* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Tony Greaves 10th Nov '19 - 4:28pm

    Good post, Caron, but good luck with that. But do you expect the bureaucrats in London to change ingrained plans on he basis of changes in events and common sense? I hope as ever that I am wrong…

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 10th Nov '19 - 5:05pm

    @Tony, I think our democratically elected Federal Conference Committee are reasonable people who will be open to this suggestion. I have quite a lot of faith in them.

  • David Garlick 11th Nov '19 - 11:10am

    I hope to be there. I have attended a few autumn Conferences. What is the format on Friday? ie Should I come on Thursday.

  • Tony Greaves 11th Nov '19 - 7:59pm

    As I say, Caron, good luck with your efforts.

  • Thanks for posting this, Caron. As you know the Federal Elections are presently underway. Before reading the article, I had already agreed with the other officers of the outgoing FCC that we would extend the early bird deadline until 20/12 because of the election. I am certainly open to an extension to January but will need to discuss this with the new committee when it is elected. I think there will be support for it.

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