Have you sorted out how you are getting to Liverpool yet?

It’s just 8 short weeks till we all gather in Liverpool for Spring Conference. What’s even scarier is that it’s only another 8 weeks until we know the result of the general election.

On the party website, there’s information about all sorts of deals to help you plan your transport. I actually managed to get very cheap first class tickets ages ago. It means leaving in the middle of the bloomin’ night, but I’ll live with it.

Anyway, Virgin are apparently offering 20% off on fares from London (cos, clearly, that’s the only direction we’d go in to get there – rage) and if you’re going by coach, National Express are offering a 50% discount.

You can find all the details here.

So, if you haven’t sorted your transport, now is probably a good time.

If anyone has any recommendations for cheap accommodation, too, please put them in the comments.

I am so looking forward to going back there. I had a very memorable trip there with my fellow Beatles obsessive niece Laura and my sister, who was the responsible adult. We saw Paul McCartney perform on the very stage where we’ll see Nick Clegg give his conference speech. I hope Nick doesn’t feel too offended if I say I really don’t think he’ll be able to match the magic of that McCartney concert.

We also stayed in the Hard Days’ Night Hotel which is a Beatles themed boutique hotel. I can’t afford to do that again, but it was, apart from the dire bar service, brilliant. I just fell in love with the city, where the people are so warm and friendly and funny and can’t wait to go back.

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

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  • I will not be able to go to Liverpool.    Not because I am disenchanted with the party but for other reasons.
     It would be nice to attend the last Liberal Democrat Conference where Nix Clegg is leader of the party but I will just have to watch on TV.   

    I assume I will be able to watch on TV.   I am assuming that OFCOM will not have changed their minds again by then and taken on board the growing membership of The Greens and thereby decided that our party is no longer big enough in membership terms to be considered  a major party.

    If I was able to  go to Liverpool I would attend the regular session on party business.  
     For those who have never been — it is the  bit where only about three dozen people remain in the hall.   
     Some of the two  dozen of them that are both alive and awake ask probing questions of the powers that be in the party. 

       I would have liked to ask the following question —
    “.. How did the party manage to get to within ten weeks of a general election 200 candidates short of a full slate?”

    If anyone would like to ask that question on my behalf I think the readers of LDV might be interested in the answer.

    Talking of Beatles, which Caron is, brings to mind the John Lennon lyrics —

    No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky
    Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me
    With just a pocketful of hope
    Money for dope
    Money for rope 

    Perhaps they could play ‘Gimme Some Truth’ as the party leader makes his traditional triumphal departure after his speech, Miriam on one arm whilst waving with the other arm and being kissed by adoring followers and people who want a seat in the House of Lords.

  • It’s always nice to go to Liverpool for conference. I remember when I went last time I went last time I met loads of their Councillors. I’m hoping to meet them again this year maybe at a fringe. Is there a fringe event at the job centre?

  • Rob: what councillors are there to meet from Liverpool now. They have almost to a man or woman be voted out. Judging from todays opinion polls that is where we may well end up as a party, now running 5th in some polls. It is desperate and there is no time to put it right. The conference will no doubt be full of happy smiles and statements of how well we have done and we will be rewarded for it, but the reality, well it looks grimmer than ever , waking up on the morning after the election appears to be daunting prospect. .

  • rob 16th Jan ’15 – 12:30pm. and theakes 16th Jan ’15 – 2:42pm

    It is now possible to visit two thirds of all our Liverpool councillors just by popping round to see Mr and Mrs Kemp.

    How considerate of the Liverpool local party to make things so much easier and convenient for visitors to the City where we were the dominant political party in the decades before the Orange Book. It was so much more complicated when we had dozens of Liberal Democrats on the City Council now it is simple.

  • suzanne fletcher 17th Jan '15 - 3:49pm

    John has just booked my trains for me with Transpennine who are giving a 25% discount till the end of the month. Just one train to get there from Darlington and because of Sunday problems need to change trains (doing this at Huddersfield as same platform). Only £21.50 for both journeys after my OAP discount which is excellent. Lovely treat not having to trail through London and pay so much more.
    would help if party website were clearer on finish time. Unlcear as to whether leaders speech is starting at 1 or finishing then.
    I’ve enjoyed Liverpool before, despite appalling hotel first time. I was so taken with it and how pround local people were of it, that we went for a long weekend as tourists. first time we have ever done that after a party conference.

  • Suzanne: I suggest you join the tradition of The Awkward Squad and go to the pub when the leader’s speech is on, therein to read the text of the speech, & work out at precisely which point one would have walked out anyway.


  • God there are some miserable (and repetitive) so-and-sos on here!

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