+++Physical conference returns to your actual Brighton next autumn

The chair of the party’s conference committee, Nick de Costa, has made this announcement:

I can announce that the dates for autumn 2022 conference will be: 17-20 September 2022 at the Brighton Centre.

Nick has added that the Federal Conference Committee is considering elements of “hybridisation” of the conference – for example delivering some of the training online etc. Details will be shared during the months running up to the conference.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is currently taking a break from his role as one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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4 Comments

  • “Nick has added that the Federal Conference Committee is considering elements of “hybridisation” of the conference”
    Not good enough, the entire conference needs to be hybridised.
    I hope someone has done a “green audit” of holding a wholly in-person conference; the party should have years of attendee data to do some reasonably accurate modelling.

  • David Garlick 16th Dec '21 - 3:28pm

    Nice to look forward to but a hostage to fortune?

    Hybrid? Yes please for all those who may need to avoid the pandemic at what ever stage it is at.

  • Laurence Cox 17th Dec '21 - 11:26pm

    While I would favour hybrid conferences to maximise accessibility when we hold physical conferences again, I think that we have to give FCC the flexibility to decide on the level that is practical next autumn. It is less than a month since the omicron variant was identified and we cannot be certain that a physical conference next autumn will in the end be possible. There is nothing to stop any member asking a question of Nick at the (online) Spring Conference and using a supplementary question to probe further.

  • Nonconformistradical 18th Dec '21 - 12:23am

    “Hybrid? Yes please for all those who may need to avoid the pandemic at what ever stage it is at.”

    Hybrid ought to be the norm. It may not be perfect but it enables many members to participate who might not otherwise be able to do so for financial, time etc reasons.

    And who knows whether a week or so before the scheduled start nature might have got to variant zoo-zoo (or whatever) of covid – or even a completely different virus and a whole new pandemic.

    As a matter of interest, would the party be likely to be able to obtain insurance cover for a cancellation of the conference?

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