LGA and ALDC at the Liberal Democrat Spring Virtual Conference, 19 to 21 March 2021

The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) are again active at this year’s Spring virtual Liberal Democrat Conference. Local government speakers will also feature in a number of debates, seminars, training sessions and roundtables hosted by a variety of partner organisations.

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Delivering for our residents – Chelmsford, Colchester and South Cambridgeshire
Friday 19 March 2021, 5.40pm – 6.40pm
Highlighting good practice from three East of England Councils. Colchester, Chelmsford and South Cambridgeshire
Proposed speakers:
Councillor Bridget Smith – Leader, South Cambs District Council
Councillor Mark Cory – Leader, Colchester City Council
Councillor Stephen Robinson – Leader, Chelmsford City Council
Chair: Councillor Alan Connett – Chief Whip, LGA Liberal Democrat Group
How do we help the hospitality and business sectors during and post COVID?
Saturday 20 March 2021, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
What is local government’s role, especially focusing on the hospitality sector?
Proposed speakers.
Daisy Cooper MP, St Albans
Ellie Hudspeth, Campaign for Real Ale
Councillor Chris White St Albans City and District Council
Chair: Councillor Howard Sykes, Leader, LGA Liberal Democrat Group
Diversity on the council
Saturday 20 March 2021, 5.40pm – 6.45pm
We will be joined by councillors and campaigners from a range of groups underrepresented in local government, who will speak about their experiences within their local parties, as candidates and as elected representatives.
How to manage a crisis and major incidents, from flooding to COVID
Saturday 20 March 2021, 5.40pm – 6.40pm
How Lib Dem led councils in York and Kingston supported communities and responded to COVID and major flooding
How to best plan for such emergencies, keep communicating to residents and handle these with financial pressures
Advice on how to effectively manage major incidents and campaign after such events within a highly contested political environment
Advice and best practice to councillors, as well as campaigners, who can be faced with backlash on the doorstep in the light of difficult decisions.
Proposed speakers:
Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader, City of York Council
Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member, City of York Council
Councillor Caroline Kerr, Leader, London Borough of Kingston
Councillor Tim Cobbett, Deputy Leader, London Borough of Kingston
Chair: Councillor Ruth Dombey, Deputy Leader, LGA Liberal Democrats
Campaigning on the Environment Bill 
Sunday 21 March 2021, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Joint fringe with Green Liberal Democrats
Come and hear our good practice on key issues including bio-diversity to inspire your local campaigning
Proposed speakers:
Wera Hobhouse MP Bath
Councillor Pippa Heylings, South Cambridgeshire
Councillor Liz Green, Kingston upon Thames
Cycling. Take it up a gear
4.35pm – 5.40pm Sunday 21 March 2021
Hear from some leading voices in local cycling infrastructure to get ideas and inspiration to take your local area up a gear!


At ALDC we’re running more great training at Liberal Democrat Spring Conference, come along and check out what we have on offer.


  • 2.30pm – 3.30pm
    Being a Local Election Agent (Part one)
  • 7.15pm – 8.15pm
    Winning the postal vote campaign
  • 7.15pm – 8.15pm
    A change of control. how to get ready for a council changing hands


  • 11.00am – 12.00pm 
    Being a Local Election Agent (Part two)
  • 11.00am – 12.00pm
    Holding your council to account. the impact of COVID-19
  •  2.45pm – 3.45pm
    The power of third-party endorsements
  • 7.30pm – 8.30pm
    Local Election Agent (Part three)
  • 7.30pm – 8.30pm
    Success as a ward councillor


  • 11.00am – 12.00pm
    How to work out the resources you need for both polling day
  • 11.00am – 12.00pm
    Campaigning on the council
  • 2.45pm – 3.45pm
    Local Election Agent (Part four)
  • 7.00pm – 8.00pm
    How to campaign when you have more than one election on the same day