Three interesting facts about this year’s Scottish Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference

For various reasons, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have been later off the mark than usual at announcing the details of their Spring Conference. However the cat is well and truly out of the bag now. For the first time since 2008, the party is heading to Aviemore to the Macdonald resort in the highland village.

It’s a great venue that can be combined with a family break. I absolutely love it there.

It’s in April

You wouldn’t normally expect to have a Conference in April because there is usually some sort of election to get ready for. For the first time since 2013, there are no scheduled elections this year, so Conference is taking place both in April and after the Easter holidays, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April.

There’s an Access Fund

The Federal Party has been running a Conference Access Fund to help people with the costs of attending Conference for the last few years.

It’s great to see this now being done by the Scottish Party, too. Members can donate to the fund although they can’t do it in the same transaction as they register as you can with the Federal Party.

A little digital treat

What’s noticeable is that the Scottish Party is getting much more digital in its approach to everything.

When you register, there’s a little digital treat for you. I’m not going to ruin the surprise by telling you what it is, but you will probably love it. If you want to find out, you’ll just have to register here.

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

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  • Good luck with the Scottish conference.
    On a broader note is there any way of reducing the cost of Lib Dem conference in the Autumn ?
    Those of us of modest means would like to attend but cannot due to cost.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 21st Jan '18 - 11:27am

    @LibDemer – there is the Conference Access Fund and also there is a group on Facebook called Lib Dem Conferences on a Shoestring that has some ideas.

    There is always the option of going as a steward which means that you can substantially reduce costs.

  • Thank you for your suggestions Caron.

  • What sort of attendance figure is expected over the course of the conference?

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 21st Jan '18 - 6:04pm

    We’ll probably get about 500 people there.

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