Party conferences

At this year’s autumn party conferences the LGA will be supporting our councillors as they debate the key issues facing local government with national political stakeholders.


Across the conferences we will help to deliver a range of events, including debates, roundtables, and receptions. Our members will be discussing topics such as local economic growth, schools, housing, and social care, ensuring councils have a strong voice in policy discussions. Councillors from our Independent Group will also be speaking up for local government at the UKIP, Green and Plaid Cymru conferences. 

The LGA debates

This year we will be discussing how local government can best tackle the current skills gap, alongside senior MPs, policy experts and our media partners, Prospect Magazine.

Skills development and reforms to technical education are at the heart of the industrial strategy, but the current system is too fragmented. The LGA has put forward a positive vision for a devolved, integrated system to improve the delivery of employment and skills. Our panels will discuss how this new approach can transform local economies.


Liberal Democrats, 16–19 September 2017, Bournemouth

Mind the gap: how we can tackle the skills gap
Monday 18 September, 12.30–2.30pm
Hardy Suite, Hermitage Hotel

Nationally commissioned employment and skills systems are failing to address local differences, meet employers’ needs and in some cases are holding back economic growth. Join a high profile panel including senior national and local politicians, and the Learning and Work Institute, as we discuss how the skills and employment support system can be transformed to build the local economies of the future.

Speakers: Wera Hobhouse MP, Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary (invited); Prospect Magazine (Chair); Tony Wilson, Learning and Work Institute; Cllr Howard Sykes, LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader

Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2017 - programme 

Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2017 - Mind the gap: how we can tackle the skills gap - flyer


Labour, 24–27 September 2017, Brighton

Mind the gap: how we can tackle the skills gap
Monday 25 September, 1–2.30pm
Buckingham Room, Hilton Metropol
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Speakers: Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills; Prospect Magazine (Chair); Tony Wilson, Learning and Work Institute; Cllr Lib Peck, LGA Deputy Chair

Labour Annual Conference 2017 - programme

Labour Annual Conference 2017 - Mind the gap: how we can tackle the skills gap - flyer


Conservatives, 1–4 October 2017, Manchester

Mind the gap: how we can tackle the skills gap
Monday 2 October, 7.30–9pm
Exchange 10, Manchester Central

Speakers: Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills (invited); Prospect Magazine (Chair); Stephen Evans, Learning and Work Institute; Cllr David Simmonds, LGA Conservative Group Leader

Conservative Annual Conference 2017 - programme

Conservative Annual Conference 2017 - Mind the gap: how we can tackle the skills gap - flyer


We are happy to arrange local government speakers for your party conference events. If your organisation would like an LGA representative to speak, please get in touch with us: publicaffairs.team@local.gov.uk.