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What we’re looking forward to at Brighton Conference

It’s that time of year again: conference is upon us! Autumn Conference is in Brighton this year, and runs from 15-18 September.

There’s a jam packed agenda of debates and a directory full of fringes and trainings. (There’s even an app!) But what’s really worth going to? Here are our top picks. 

Friday

LibDem Pint, 19:00-23:00, Palm Court. Get your tickets here!



Saturday

Digital 101 – what everyone needs to be doing with digital in their area, Campaigns and Digital Team, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Clarence Suite
Are you as confident with digital campaigning as you are with writing a leaflet or canvassing? If not, come along and we’ll show you how every campaigner can make the most of digital to enhance their campaign

Leadership For Women (women only), Campaign for Gender balance, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Gloucester Suite
Women make great team members. This module will help you up your game to be a great team leader.

Introduction to Policy Making, Federal Policy Committee, 09:30-10:45, Hilton Edinburgh Suite
Do you have a great policy idea? Find out how policy making in the party works and meet someone who got her idea on the front page of the manifesto.

Young and Winning, Young Liberals & ALDC, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Surrey 2, Interested in standing for election either locally or nationally, but no idea how to do it? Come and meet our panel of young councillors and candidates who have stood for election – and won!

Moving from 3rd to 2nd place – lessons from St Albans, Campaigns & Elections Team, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
Find out how St Albans bucked the trend in the 2017 General Election – overtaking Labour and becoming the main challengers to the Conservatives

 Breaking through – winning your first seat, 11:00-12:30, Campaigns & Elections Team, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
Getting that first bit of yellow on the map is often the toughest task. Come learn how campaigners in many parts of the country achieved this in 2018 and gain important insight in how to break through in your area.

Campaign Masterclass – Video, ALDC, 11:00-12:30, Hilton, Ambassador Suite
Online campaigning is changing fast. We discuss the why’s and wherefores of digital campaigning and show you how to effectively do your next video.
How to build and lead a great local team, Campaigns & Elections Team, 11:00-12:30, Brighton Centre, Meeting Room 1A
Winning teams don’t just happen by chance – they take hard work, perseverance and leadership. Join us and learn from people who’ve built brilliant teams that make a real difference in their communities.

Your Liberal Britain Policy Lab, Hilton, 13:00-14:30, Edinburgh Suite,
Together withother Lib Dems, you’ll put promisingideas through their paces to polish them into winning policies. Bring ideas,or just bring yourself! All are welcome.

ALDC, Winning in 2019, 13:00-14:30, Hilton, Lancaster Suite
In the 2019 local elections we can really move forward. Hear from Mayor Dave Hodgson, South Cambridgeshire, MaryRegnier-Wilson, Cllr Lisa Smart and Layla Moran MP about how we can win more seats in 2019. Chaired by Cllr Heather Kidd.

Introduction to being a Chair, Membership Team, 15:00-15:30, Hilton, Churchill Suite
Thinking about becoming a local party officer for next year? Why not come and meet a current Chair and find out more about the role?

Diversifying your membership, Membership and Diversity Teams, 15:00-16:15, Hilton, Lancaster Suite
Does your membership reflect the communities you seek to serve? Probably not as much as it should – and we all have a part to play in fixing that. Come and find out how you can help diversify your membership in your area.

Next Generation Campaigning – advanced digital campaigns, Campaigns & Elections Team, 15:00-16:15, Hilton, Clarence Suite
So you’ve mastered the basics of digital campaigning – now it’s time to take your campaigning to the next level, making the most of email, digital advertising and social media.

Fundraising for freshers and refreshers, Fundraising team, 15:00-16:15, Brighton Centre, Meeting Room 1A
Whether you’re starting now, or haven’t done fundraising for ages, there are new techniques plus ideas from behavioural science about what makes a compelling appeal, who’ll give what and why, and why not to be scared of asking for money.

Introduction to being a Diversity Officer, Membership Team, 15:45-16:15, Hilton, Surrey 2 Suite
Could you be a local party officer? Come and meet a current Diversity Officer and find out more about the role.

Business Motion: After Alderdice – Delivering Race Equality in the Liberal Democrats, 16.15-17:00 (main hall)

How LDCRE can help you get elected and support your journey in the party, 16:30-17:45, Hilton Lancaster Suite

GDPR – what you need to know that the new Data Protection Rules are in force, 16:30-17:45, Brighton Centre, Meeting Room 1A

Introduction to being a Membership Development Officer, Membership and Compliance Teams, 17:15-17:45, Hilton, Churchill SuiteThinking of becoming a local party officer? Why not come and meet a current Membership Development Officer and find out more about the role?

Member’s Rally, 18:15-19:30, Brighton Centre, Auditorium
No conference experience is complete without joining Lib Dems from across the country at the Conference Rally! Always a highlight of conference, come joinleading parliamentarians and special guests.

Lib Dem Expand Meet-up, 19:30-21:00, Brighton Rocks – Join here!

Liberal Democrat Women, In Conversation with Jo Swinson, 20:15-21:30, Hilton, Clarence Suite
Jo Swinson, former Minister for Women and author of Equal Power, outlines what we can do as individuals and as a party to make our society truly gender equal.

Candidates & Diversity Team, How do we recruit and retain candidates from underrepresented groups? 20:15-21:30, Hilton, Osborne Suite
How can our representatives better reflect the diversity of the country we wish to one day lead? Join the discussion with senior party figures aswell as race and equality experts from outside the party.

 


Sunday

Report: Campaign for Gender Balance, 09:00-10:00 (main hall)

Burning the candle at both ends? Developing a better balance between politics, work and life in general! Campaign for Gender Balance, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Sandringham Suite
Top tips on staying sane and rested as a political activist.

Working with and supporting Young People in the Party, Young Liberals, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Surrey 1 Suite
An in-depth session on how to work productively with young people, on a local and national level, including the roles they can take and ideas they can bring. Followed by Q&A.

A year to win: a super-effective, 12 month budget and fundraising plan, Fundraising Team & Registered Party Treasurer, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Edinburgh Suite, Examples, techniques and real-time planning to help you create and manage a fundraising-focused budget, identify income streams and tackle cash-flow gaps. Plus how to persuasively present your budget to larger donors.

Pick a ward and win it – community campaigning , ALDC, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Buckingham Suite
How to identify the issues in your local area and campaign to make a liberal difference in your community. This session will make you think about how to run campaigns that engage people.

Liberal Democrats 101 – around the party in 90 minutes, Federal People Development Committee, 11:00-12:30, Hilton, Edinburgh Suite
Find out how the party works, who runs what and how you can get more involved as we take a whistlestop tour around the party.

Don’t Feed the Trolls! Women staying safe online (women only), Campaign for Gender Balance, 11:00-12:30, Hilton, Sandringham Suite,
Women politicians have particular challenges in the digital world. Come and find out how to manage them

Making the most of your Connect data and statistics, Campaigns & Elections Team, 11:00-12:30, Hilton, Clarence Suite
Are you using your data to maximise the use of precious resources in your area? Come find out how to make the best use of the wide range of data and stats available to campaigners.

Campaign Masterclass – Video, ALDC, 11:00-12:30, Hilton, Ambassador Suite
Online campaigning is changing fast. We discuss the why’s and wherefores of digital campaigning and show you how to effectively do your next video.

Winning in Wimbledon, London Liberal Democrats, 13:00-14:00, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
Come and find out about the LiberalDemocrat successes in Merton – wherewe won 6 Councillors in May. Lessonsfor everybody in winning outside a target seat

Your Liberal Britain – You Can Stop Brexit, 13:00-14:00, Hilton, Osborne Suite,
Are you wondering what you can do to stop Brexit? We all need to takeresponsibility for our country’s future.Come along to find out how you canlobby your MP and help keep Britain firmly in the EU.

Q&A Session with Vince Cable MP, 14.10-15:10 (main hall)

GDPR – what you need to know that the new Data Protection Rules are in force, 14:30-16:00, Brighton Centre, Meeting Room 1A

Resilience for BAME activists – bouncing back, LDCRE, 14:30-16:00, Hilton, Edinburgh Suite

Winning against the Tories – how we won in East of England, Campaigns & Elections Team, 16:15-17:45, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
Best practice and insider knowledge from the brilliant campaigns in Watford, Three Rivers and South Cambridgeshire. Learn how to take on the Tories and win in 2019.

How local parties can support candidates with disabilities, 16:15-17:45, Campaigns & Elections Team, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
We are committed to diversifying our candidates. Come along to learn how best local parties can recruit and support deaf and disabled candidates & those with long term health conditions.

Moving forward against Labour, Campaigns & Elections Team, 16:15-17:45, Hilton, Clarence Suite
Some of our seats made outstanding progress against Labour in 2018. Come find out how they did it and take away best practice and advice that can help your local campaign.

Supporting Candidates Better – tackling candidate harassment, Candidates & Diversity Team, 19:45-21:00, Hilton, Osborne Suite
The political environment can often be divisive. Following the Standards inPublic Life (SPL) report, what steps is the party taking to better support our candidates? Hear from former MPs, members of the SPL Committee and senior party figures.

Young Liberals Reception, 21:30-late, Hilton, Ambassador Suite,
Come and meet the Young Liberals at our official reception! This is an opportunity to find out what YL have been up to this year and our plans for the future. We will also announce the winners of the raffle.



Monday

Delivering change in your community, Campaigns & Elections Team, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
Never doubt that a small group of thoughful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Come find out the power of effective advocacy campaigning and how it can bring change to your area.

How to recover from disappointing local election results, Membership Team, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Edinburgh Suite
Didn’t get the results you were hoping for? Come to this session and learn how to recover, keep your local team motivated and make sure you win next time.

London Liberal Democrats with LDCRE, Creativity a Diverse Party, 11:30-12:00, Hilton, Surrey 1 Suite,
Join Roderick Lynch (Chair of the Liberal Democrat Campaign for RaceEquality) and Chris Maines (Chair ofLondon Region). Celebrating the launch of LDCRE and addressing the need to ensure our party reflects a modernBritain.

Exit from Brexit Campaign – where do we go from here? 13:00-14:00, Hilton, Ambassador Suite
With Sir Nick Clegg and Tom Brake MP.

Personal resilience skills, Federal People Development Committee, 14:30-16:00, Hilton, Edinburgh Suite
We often talk about the ‘rough and tumble’ of politics. But how do we cope when the going gets tough? Join this session to find out how to build up your resilience.

Engagement Matters – finding members, helpers and voters in diverse communities, Diversity Team, 14:30-16:00,  Hilton, Lancaster Suite
Where to find unexpected support in places where you may not have looked before.

Meeting the members – making a position impression one to one, LDCRE, 16:15-17:45, Hilton, Edinburgh Suite

Winning against the Tories – how we won in East of England, Campaigns & Elections Team, 16:15-17:45, Hilton, Balmoral Suite
Best practice and insider knowledge from the brilliant campaigns in Watford, Three Rivers and South Cambridgeshire. Learn how to take on the Tories and win in 2019.

Moving forward against Labour, Campaigns & Elections Team, 16:15-17:45, Hilton, Clarence Suite
Some of our seats made outstanding progress against Labour in 2018. Come find out how they did it and take away best practice and advice that can help your local campaign.


Tuesday

Careers in Politics, Young Liberals, 13:00-14:00, Brighton Centre, Meeting Room 1C, Are you young and early on in your career? Are you interested in finding your path in politics? Come along and quiz our panel of young professionals and find the best route for you into the world of politics!

Now you are selected: building a target seat from scratch, Campaign for Gender Balance, 09:30-10:45, Hilton, Sandringham Suite,
If you cannot move to a target seat, this is how to build one where you live!

Closing rally with Vince Cable MP, 14.10-15:30 (main hall)

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