Party conferences - autumn 2018

At the 2018 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 2018 conferences, we will be helping to deliver a range of events, including debates, roundtables, and receptions. Our councillors will be debating topics such as economic growth, children’s services, housing, and adult social care, ensuring councils have a strong voice in policy discussions. 

If you are arranging events for the party conferences and are interested in adding a local government perspective to your panel, please get in touch by emailing publicaffairs.team@local.gov.uk. Our speakers are senior councillors, either council leaders, portfolio holders or opposition spokespeople, who have expertise in a range of policy areas and are involved in our discussions with central government and politicians.

The LGA debates

We will be discussing how local government can be the solution to the challenges our country is facing, alongside senior MPs and policy experts.


Liberal Democrats, 15-18 September 2018, Brighton

Unlocking talent, fulfilling potential: local answers to the social mobility challenge
Monday 17 September, 1-2pm
Buckingham Room, Hilton Metropole

Investing in housing, children’s services and skills will help councils ensure people of all ages can fulfil their potential. A high profile panel bringing together senior politicians and policy experts to discuss the role councils can play in improving social mobility.

Speakers: Cllr Ruth Dombey, LGA Liberal Democrat Group Deputy Leader; Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government; Ruth Davison, Executive Director of Public Impact, National Housing Federation; Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute, Baroness Liz Barker, Lords’ Spokesperson for the Voluntary Sector (Chair)

Local Government at the Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference

LGA panel debate flyer


Labour, 23–26 September 2018, Liverpool

Show us the money: why the Spending Review must invest in our local services
Monday 24 September, 1–2.30pm
ACC Concourse, Room 4 (inside the secure zone)

Investing in the council services our residents value and rely on will help councils tackle some of the big challenges such as those associated with housing, children’s services, adult social care and skills. A high profile panel bringing together local leaders, national politicians and stakeholders to discuss the importance of the Spending Review in delivering new funding for councils.

Speakers: Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the LGA Labour Group; Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Chair of the LGA Labour Group (Chair); Shabana Mahmood MP, Member of the Public Accounts Committee; Emily Andrews, Associate Director, Institute for Government; John Harris, Guardian columnist (invited).

LGA at the Labour Party Annual Conference 23-26 September 2018

The LGA debate: Show us the money: why the Spending Review must invest in our local services


Conservatives, 30 September - 3 October, Birmingham

Investing in our future: why the Spending Review must provide for communities
Monday 1 October, 3.45-5pm
Birmingham ICC, Hall 9 (inside the secure zone)

Local government wants to support central government to truly tackle some of the big challenges facing the country, including housing, children’s services, adult social care and the skills system. A high profile panel bringing together local leaders, national politicians and stakeholders to discuss the importance of the Spending Review in delivering new funding for councils.

Confirmed speakers include: Cllr James Jamieson, Leader of the LGA Conservative Group; Cllr Teresa Heritage, LGA Conservative Group (Chair); Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chair, Treasury Select Committee; Chris Philp MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Emily Andrews, Associate Director, Institute for Government.

LGA at the Conservative Party Conference

The LGA debate: Investing in our future: why the Spending Review must provide for communities


Councillors from the LGA’s Independent Group will also be speaking up for local government at the UKIP, Green and Plaid Cymru conferences. These take place respectively in Birmingham from 21-22 September, in Bristol from 5-7 October, and in Aberteifi, Cardigan from 5-6 October. Following the national party conferences, our Independent Group then holds its signature event on 23 November at the LGA offices in London, giving another chance for politicians and stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Bright Futures

Moving the conversation on

We have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country.

Find out more