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Milton Keynes - SunriseLib Dem Local Government Conference 27-28 June

ALDC and the LGA Lib Dems’ annual Local Government Conference takes place on Saturday 28th June at the Jury’s Inn, Milton Keynes. The Conference will be a unique opportunity for hundreds of Liberal Democrats councillors, candidates and activists to meet, share experiences, and take advantage of specialist training designed specifically with the 2015 local elections in mind.

Speakers include:

  • Malcolm Bruce MP, Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party
  • Cllr Subhan Shafiq, Liberal Democrat Mayor of Milton Keynes
  • Mayors Dave Hodgson and Dorothy Thornhill
  • Simon Hughes MP
  • Stephen Williams MP

ALDC Campaigns Training:

  • Two Elections, One Polling Day: fighting local elections and the general election on the same day in 2015
  • The ALDC Summer Survey: how surveying over summer 2014 can help you win in 2015
  • Finding Enough Helpers and Money: building up your campaigning capacity

LGA Lib Dems Policy Sessions:

  • Funding Care and Support Services for Elderly People
  • New Homes, Planning and Localism: how can we get the balance right?
  • Delegates can also choose from three MIDAS training sessions being delivered by Miranda and Shaun Roberts and fringe events from APSE and London Councils.

Full agenda details can be downloaded here.

Friday 27th June

  • Leadership Day (for Group Leaders and Deputies). Agenda available here.
  • Researchers’ Day (for political assistants)
  • 2014 Local Government Dinner, with Catherine Bearder MEP.

If you are involved in campaigning at local government level, the Local Government Conference is the place to be next weekend! Come and get your 2015 campaigns off to a flying start by joining us in Milton Keynes. We hope to see you there. For more information and to book your place at the 2014 Local Government Conference, please click here.

* ALDC is the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners

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4 Comments

  • Charles Rothwell 20th Jun '14 - 10:21am

    Good Luck! It will be some time before our local council base here (in the depths of what used to be industrial West Yorkshire) is rebuilt. We used to be the main opposition to the overwhelmingly Labour-dominated District Council (a legacy of the mining past) but we were left in fourth place in many wards last May. In my own ward, there was a Tory-Labour split which (I regret to have to say) let the Kipper candidate in (a fireman who said he was standing “as a protest against the cuts”. (Oh dear, no idea, I am afraid, what his ueber-Thatcherite Dear Leader has got in mind for him and his like, it would seem!)) I voted for the local LD candidate but we came in fourth (down – 8.1% on 6.9 with a Conservative (previous ward councillor) to the Kippers of 26%. This ‘going backwards’ has got to stop and we need constructive policies which are going to win back the voters we need (and not just the ‘*** the lot of them’ whingers who are really driving the Kipper band wagon after deserting the LDs as the real alternative) by directly addressing their concerns and (vitally) giving them back the feeling they can really influence/have a say in running the institutions which impact on their daily lives (which is certainly not true of the current set-up for hospital trusts, academy schools, housing associations etc.) Best of luck in developing these in Milton Keynes and elsewhere in the coming eleven months!

  • Charles Rothwell seems to me to be talking about the real world. The one where real people vote in real elections.
    Whereas the agenda for this meeting seems to be about a world where Liberal Democrats get elected.

    Unfortunately nowadays real people do not usually vote Liberal Democrat even though many of them did regularly for thirty years until 2008.
    Since that year the proportion of people who regularly vote Liberal Democrat at any level has continued to decline

    If in the first week of May next year, the decline continues as it did four weeks ago it will be possible next June to hold the Lib Dem Local Government Conference in a largish family house in Putney.

  • Just look at the Leadership Day agenda.

    1.00pm (Plenary – everyone together)
    – Welcome and Introduction
    – Debrief on the 2014 Local Elections and challenge for 2015 (ALDC and Ryan Coetzee)

    Unfortunately I have a prior appointment with the NHS but I would love to be a fly on the wall to hear Ryan Coetzee impart his wisdom and deep knowledge of local elections in the UK and the “challenge for 2015”.

    I guess in many places the main challenge will be the same as it was in many parts of the country this year, that is find enough people willing to stand in an election as a Liberal Democrat. Is it correct that in Liverpool ( a city which we ran until a few years ago) we were 18 candidates short last month?

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