Autumn Federal Conference 2010 takes place in Liverpool, Saturday 18 – Wednesday 22 September 2010. If you’re not registered already and would like to go you can register here. The Party has some great deals for day delegates and for “first time” delegates. 

ALDC Training

ALDC has some great training planned for conference. All Party members are welcome to attend and it is a great reason to come to Liverpool for the Saturday morning (most people tend to come up on Friday evening if they can). 

A full list of training is here, but the highlights include: 


Campaign WorkshopsWe have two 1/2 day (all morning) campaign workshops on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Conference. On Saturday it’s a campaign planning workshop for the English Districts and Unitary Authorities who have ALL OUT elections on 5th May 2011. On Sunday we have a whole half day up-to-date briefing from the Party’s Director of Campaigns Hilary Stephenson and Local Elections Chair Andrew Stunell MP. Both will be well worth ensuring your team is represented at. 

Campaign Essentials CourseAs a new feature this year we have a full course of eight sessions aimed at providing volunteer Lib Dem campaigners with the essential building blocks for winning year-round campaigning. It’s a set of eight new modules, come to all eight, come to some or just come to one – whatever works for you. The courses will all have content that you can take away and run a simple session back at home for your team. The eight sessions are: 
– Targeting and the Plan
– Winning the Postal Vote
– Talking and Listening to the Voters
– The Winning Team
– E Campaigning
– Focus – How, What, When
– Successful Campaigning at the Grassroots
– GOTV (Get out the vote!)

Councillor Training – ALDC and LG Leadership and Improvement (formerly IDeA)Once again we’re working with our colleagues at LG Leadership and Improvement to bring Lib Dem Councillors a set of eight sessions to help you achieve more in your role:
– Whole Place / Total Place, Area Based Working
– Sharing Officers, Sharing Services
– Member Officer Relations
– Cabinet Member for Your Ward
– Budgeting in Control
– Budgeting in Opposition
– We are in Government, implications for Lib Dem Councillors
– Councillors in politically split Ward

Other training includes; sessions for London councillors and leaders, sessions for Group Researchers, sessions on the Be a Lib Dem Councillor Programme and Next Generation programmes and a drop-in workshop for MyCouncillor users. 

ALDC Fringe

ALDC is organising involved in four fringe events at Conference:

Annual General Meeting and Campaigner Awards 2010
Saturday 18 September, 8.00pm – 9.15pm, Liverpool Hilton Grace Suite 1, Drinks
Members are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Association which is followed by the presentation of the 2010 Campaigner Awards by Party President Baroness Ros Scott. 

ALDC Members Reception in partnership with the Co-operative
Sunday 19 September, 1.00pm-2.00pm ACC Liverpool Hall 12
Join us at our annual members reception with Business Secretary Vince Cable MP and Party Deputy Leader Simon Hughes MP. Lunch and drinks: ALDC Members Only. 

LGA Group – Going local to secure a low carbon future
Sunday 6.15pm – 7.30pm 
Britannia 1, Albert Dock, Holiday Inn ExpressWith Friends of the Earth. Panel will include:
Chris Huhne MP
Cllr Barbara Janke
Cllr Paul Tilsley
Mayor Dorothy Thornhill

LGA Group – Local Government Reception
Sunday 19 September 10pm – 11.30pm Liverpool Hilton, Grace Suite
Join LGA Group at the main social gathering for local government at Conference.

Next Generation Reception and Launch, LG Leadership
Monday 21 September, 1.00 p.m., Liverpool Tate Auditorium Lunch and Drinks
Join our partners from LG Leadership to celebrate the launch of the 2010-2011 Next Generation Programme.

Delivering the Big Society: a co-operative solution? With the Cooperative Group
Monday 21 September, 1.00pm-2.00pm ACC Liverpool Hall 4a


Elected Police Commissioners: Help or Hindrance?
Monday 20 September, 8.00pm – 9.15pm, Liverpool Hilton Grace Suite 1, Drinks
Join Brian Paddick, Mike Crockart M.P., and Cllr Duwayne Brooks as we look at the different proposals for how local police forces should be democratically accountable and debate how the Police Reform and Social Reponsibility Bill could be improved.

LGA Group – The urban challenge – Place based budgets
Monday 8.00pm – 9.15pm, ACC Hall 1c
Looking at the challenges and opportunities that place based budgeting and current fiscal challenges place on urban councils.

Making Transport Localism a Reality in partnership with Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA)
Tuesday 21 September 8.00pm – 9.15pm, ACC Liverpool Hall 4a.  Drinks and food.
Join Norman Baker M.P., our minister at the Dept. of Transport (invited), and Cllr Keith Whitmore, Vice-Chair GMITA, to discuss if Localism and the Big Society can be extended to transport – and how could that work? 

LGA Group – Delivering community politics
Tuesday 8pm – 9.15pm      Suites 3, 4 and 5, Jury’s Inn              
Panel will include:
Erica Kemp, Liberal Democrat adviser, Local Government Leadership
Tim Pickstone, Chief Executive, ALDC
Cllr Daisy Benson, Lead Member, Housing, Health & Community Care, Reading
Richard Kemp, Leader, LGA Liberal Democrat Group


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