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As we mark the beginning of 2019, the countdown to Spring Conference has begun! And on behalf of the York Liberal Democrats, I would like to say how pleased I am to be welcoming everyone back to York in March.

For those who have not been to York previously – York is a beautiful, well-connected and unique city, with a lot to offer.

Visit York estimates that this year’s Conference will provide a substantial boost to the local economy, valued at more than £600,000. Combined with the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I know that the city’s wonderful pubs, hotels, B&Bs and restaurants will be packed out – so remember to book in advance! 

Conference will not only provide a short-term economic boost and provide national exposure for the party, it will also showcase York as a destination for large events and conferences. I know from my own experiences that Conference provides members with an excellent opportunity to meet our MPs, peers, Councillors and campaigners from right across the country and, of course, the chance to debate and decide national party policy.

In addition to enjoying the variety of training and debates on offer, there is an opportunity for members to discover our city. So, I would encourage everyone to leave the Conference Centre and see the wide range of attractions York has to offer, including the world famous York Minster, the newer York’s Chocolate Story, the spectacular Clifford’s Tower and the absorbing National Railway Museum.

In York, our Councillors and members have been working hard to run City of York Council since we formed a Joint Administration in May 2015. This year we are looking to build on our position in the May 2019 local elections.

With this in mind, if any members attending Conference can spare some time and help us during this crucial campaign, we have a range of campaigning opportunities planned! If you are interested in helping us elect more Liberal Democrat councillors (for example on the Friday or Sunday) or would like accommodation in the city (for a donation to the local party), then please drop us an email.

I look forward to welcoming everyone to York for this year’s Conference!

* Keith Aspden has been the Councillor for Fulford Ward in York since 2003 and for Fulford and Heslington Ward since 2015. He is the Deputy Leader of City of York Council and the Liberal Democrat Deputy Chair of the LGA Fire Services Management Committee (FSMC).

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  • Paul Barker 21st Feb '19 - 7:09pm

    Any chance of inviting the TIG 11 ?

  • Keith – what does Focus on Five mean?

  • Suzanne Fletcher 22nd Feb '19 - 9:24am

    Looking forward to York conference, favourite location!
    Hubby says he is disappointed that the agenda makes no reference to buses from the station and there are many, to the Barbican.
    We are on holiday right now, but if you can put something re buses numbers on anything posted about conference please?

  • @Paul Barker: why not raise this query with the Federal Conference Committee … or the Federal Board?
    @Tony H: ‘Focus on Five’ refers to the Lib Dem manifesto themes for the 2019 City of York Council elections – further details can be found on the York Lib Dems website.
    @Suzanne Fletcher (and anyone else coming by train): I believe that the number 7 bus service (towards Fulford) runs about every 10 minutes from York railway station to the Barbican.

  • nigel hunter 24th Feb '19 - 10:31am

    Any chance of inviting representatives of the Children’s campaign on climate change? To take them seriously would be sensible. They are future voters with real concerns.

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