Two important deadlines for next week’s conference

Before the weekend is over, a couple of quick reminders about important deadlines to do with next week’s Conference in Liverpool.

I am ridiculously excited about heading back to Liverpool. I’ve been there twice before in my life. The first time was almost 30 years ago as a student. The second was in 2011 when me, my niece and my sister (who was the responsible adult accompanying us) went to see Paul McCartney perform on the very stage that Nick Clegg will be speaking on next weekend. No pressure on him, then. If you are interested, you can read all three gushing instalments of that trip on my own blog here.

Anyway, before I get myself caught up in a mellow spiral of nostalgia, down to business.

Amendments deadline

Should you want to submit an amendment to any of the motions, you need to do so by 1pm on Tuesday 10th March. You can submit it online here. You must also submit emergency motions by this deadline.

Questions to the Committee reports and to Nick Clegg

Questions no longer than 25 words  should be submitted either via the website by 5pm on Thursday 12th March or to the Speaker’s Table by 12:45 on Saturday 14th March.

If you submit a question to Nick Clegg and are selected to ask it, you will get to ask him a follow-up, too. It’s great that he’s continued to do these sessions all the way through government. They’ve been quite revealing over the years. I’ve only seen him get tetchy once, with Sarah Ludford over secret courts in 2013. Last year in Glasgow, he revealed that he personally wasn’t in favour of changing the law to allow assisted dying but took a straw poll in the hall to find that he was very much in the minority.

You can find all the Conference papers you need here.

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

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  • Helen Tedcastle 9th Mar '15 - 11:19am

    At last I can agree wholeheartedly with Nick Clegg.

    The introduction of assisted suicide for vulnerable terminally ill people would be a disaster. He knows this because he has watched what has happened in Holland where the rise in assisted suicide/euthanasia requests has spiralled, particularly among the elderly with a terminal illness ( not wanting to be a burden etc…). It is becoming a cultural expectation.

    No thanks – not wanted here.

  • @Helen Tedcastle

    Quite the reverse for me! Something with which I disagree with NC.

    There are many real challenges and concerns facing assisted dying – but the state itself should have no say over my life in such a way. It is, afterall, my life.

    Eric Lubbock’s recent LDV article was excellent on the issue.

  • suzanne fletcher 9th Mar '15 - 11:41pm

    thank you for the reminder re asking questions, Caron. If I had been sent an e-mail telling me the party reports were out, I had overlooked it.
    just need to work out how to submit questions now. cannot find on party website.

  • “…ridiculously excited about heading back to Liverpool”

    I can understand that. It is a great place. Rosemary and I will unfortunately not be able to be there.

    My daughter was there last weekend and dropped in on the Greens Conference. She was impressed and informed me me that she told one young Green delegate – “You sound just like my dad”.

    Good luck to all those Liberal Democrats who go there this weekend, I hope you will not be too out-numbered by Lobbyists and journalists.

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