Party conferences - autumn 2019

At the 2019 autumn party conferences, the LGA will be supporting councillors as they debate the key issues facing local government.


Across the 2019 conferences, we will be helping deliver a range of events, including debates, roundtables, and receptions. Our councillors will debate topics including our proposals for the Queen’s Speech, council finances, adult social care, children’s services, housing, homelessness and climate change, ensuring councils have a strong voice in policy discussions.

If you are arranging events for this year’s party conferences and are interested in adding a local government perspective to your panel, please get in touch by emailing publicaffairs.team@local.gov.ukOur speakers are senior councillors, either council leaders, portfolio holders or opposition spokespeople, who have expertise in a range of policy areas

The LGA debates

This year we will be joined by senior national politicians, policy experts and the business community as we discuss how a new Queen’s Speech can give councils the certainty and powers they need to turn our #CouncilsCan report, which sets out the need for a new localism settlement, into a reality. This year, our debates will be held in partnership with Curtin&Co.

Liberal Democrats, 14-17 September 2019, Bournemouth

#CouncilsCan: why is the Queen’s Speech important for local government? 
Monday 16 September, 1.00pm-2.00pm
Hardy Suite, Hermitage Hotel 

Speakers: Cllr Howard Sykes MBE, Leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group (chair); Angela Smith MP; Cllr Emily Smith, Leader, Vale of White Horse District Council (invited); Dr Darren G. Lilleker, Associate Professor in Political Communication, Bournemouth University; and Nick Stanton, Joint Chief Executive at Curtin&Co and former Leader of London Borough of Southwark.

Download the full conference programme


Labour, 21–25 September 2019, Brighton

#CouncilsCan: why is the Queen’s Speech important for local government?
Sunday 22 September, 1.00pm–2.30pm
Stanmer Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole 

Speakers: Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the LGA Labour Group; Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Chair of the LGA Labour Group (chair); Baroness Smith of Basildon, LGA Vice President; Sachin Shah, Head of Local Government at Curtin&Co and former Leader of London Borough of Harrow; and Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute for Government. 

Download the full conference programme


Conservatives, 29 September - 2 October 2019, Manchester

#CouncilsCan: why is the Queen’s Speech important for local government?
Tuesday 1 October, 4.00pm-5.30pm
Exchange 10, Manchester Central 

Confirmed speakers include: Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman (chair); Cllr Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader of the LGA Conservative Group; Luke Hall MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Government (invited); Emma Norris, Director of Research, Institute for GovernmentMartin Curtis, Associate Director at Curtin&Co and former Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

Download the full conference programme


Our Independent Group will be at the Plaid Cymru conference (4-5 October in Swansea); and the UKIP conference (20-21 September, Caerleon). They will also be hosting their own Independent Group conference at 18 Smith Square on 8 November 2019.