Liberal Democrat Spring Conference takes place 11-13 March 2016 in York and all the staff at ALDC look forward to seeing the many councillors and campaigners who are making the trip. As usual we have a full programme of training, fringe and exhibition crammed into the three day event.
Like so many people who attend Conference, the event is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends I have made on the campaign trail, swap stories of what is happening in my area, attend interesting fringe meetings and ultimately recharge my political batteries before the next set of elections but here are a few top tips.
Make sure you leave some time to visit the Exhibition area to visit the various exhibitors and learn about their work.
I always use Conference as an opportunity to visit Lib Dem Image and stock up on the essentials for the campaign, from stickers and clipboards to membership forms. Obviously, it can be a lot to carry if you’re travelling by train, but it is well worth picking up some Lib Dem-branded merchandise while you have the chance!
ALDC and the LGA Lib Dem group have a joint stand, making it a one stop shop for everything for local government. If you’re not yet a member of ALDC – why not come and join us for half price! There will be staff on hand all weekend to offer support and advice. Please do come and say hello. Come and talk to ALDC and the LGA at the stand to get information, advice and support – we’re here for all councillors and campaigners in the exhibition area –stand number 2 and 3.
Training and Fringe
With only 2 months to go until the 2016 local elections don’t miss out on the chance to brush up or learn the vital campaigning techniques as well as hearing from our inspiring speakers at the Fringe events taking place around Conference.
Download the LGA guide here (just 2 sides A4, if you want to print out).
Training is a great way to hear from other campaigners from across the UK about what they are doing in their area, and no matter how many sessions you have been to, I always take away a new idea that I know will better my campaign.
Don’t forget before you head to York to print off the agenda and plan what you are doing or alternatively download the Conference App.
Planning will mean you get the most out of event, get the skills you want to take away and gives you time to have a chat with any of the party bodies to discuss how they can help.
Write an email to your members
One thing that’s worked for me in the past is to write an email to members and supporters during Conference itself.
Get a few nice photos and make sure you’ve already attended some policy and debates to talk about. Then email from Conference letting people know what you’ve done so far, what you intend to do, and that they should get in touch if they have any comments or suggestions. Not everyone can get to Conference, and this is a nice way for members to feel connected to the event.
If you cannot make it to York we hope you have a great weekend campaigning.