Lib Dem Special Conference: the statistics

Here are the facts and figures from Sunday’s Special Conference:

  • Time taken to organise: 4 days – compared to the year that a Lib Dem conference usually takes. Even the Liberal-SDP merger conference of 1988 was arranged with 4 months’ notice.
  • Total number of delegates: 1650 (of whom 250 registered on the day). This was larger than any Lib Dem Spring Conference.
  • It featured the longest debate at a Liberal Democrat conference (3.5 hours)
  • Number of speakers cards submitted: 172
  • Number of speeches made: 38
  • Number of intervention cards submitted: 110
  • Number of interventions taken: 30
  • Number of amendments: 9 (all passed)
  • Speeches against the motion as a whole: 6 (from a total of 13 cards put in to speak against; so speeches against were over-represented)
  • Number of journalists: 0 (Stephen has already blogged about this)


  • Number of tweets with the #LDConf hashtag: Tweetminster estimates there were just under 10,000 tweets with this hashtag, which trended in the UK during the conference.

Thanks – and congratulations – to the Federal Conference Committee for organising this historic and extraordinary day, and to party President Ros Scott for chairing the event.

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  • Duncan Borrowman 19th May '10 - 9:47am

    Can the FE have a small thank you for passing a motion a couple of days before the coalition agreement meeting deciding we would call a special conference whatever the outcome of the “triple lock” votes among MPs and the FE…

  • Lorna Spenceley 19th May '10 - 10:22am

    This really was a stunning event, and unbelievably well organised; congratulations to all involved in putting it together. I’d be fascinated to know the financial statistics – maybe a question for Autumn Conference?

  • Simon Titley 19th May '10 - 11:28am

    The decision not to admit the media was a wasted opportunity.

    Was the conference recorded and, if so, can the film be made available online?

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