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Northern Special Conference

November 29, 2018 9:32 AM

Northern Powerhouse not Poorhouse

Special Conference, York, Friday March 15 2019

This event marks an important step in the collaboration between the three Lib Dem Regional Parties (North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber) to develop a common policy response to the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

A small joint cross-regional policy working group was established earlier this year and. during our Autumn Federal Conference in Brighton, the three Regions held a very successful joint fringe meeting on Transport and Infrastructure in the North. There was also a further consultative session on this issue, plus a keynote speech from Baroness Randleson at our North West Regional Conference in Lancaster last month.

As a continuation of this process, and an additional opportunity for member engagement in policy development, the three Regions agreed to a joint Northern Powerhouse Conference immediately preceding Spring Federal Conference in York. This event will take place at the main Conference Fringe venue, the Novotel between 11am and 2pm on Friday 15th March ahead of Friday afternoon fringe sessions that are part of the main Conference.

We hope that our Northern event will encourage some to attend Federal Conference who might otherwise not plan to do so. However, since this event takes place outside the main Barbican Centre venue, party members who are unable to attend the main Conference can still participate.

The structure of the Northern Powerhouse conference is yet to be finalised but it is expected that we will run three parallel sessions on policy themes relevant to the economic regeneration of the North, plus a concluding plenary session.

We will update here on the agenda and content of the event as it takes shape. This advance notice is so that Federal Conference attendees can plan travel and accommodation arrangements accordingly while others who may wish to attend only the Northern Powerhouse conference can arrange to keep the date free.