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Party conferences – autumn 2023

The LGA delivers a range of events over the party conference season, including debates and receptions on behalf of councils and our partners.

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Since being elected as Chair of the Local Government Association this summer – a national cross-party role – it is my mission to champion local authorities of all shapes, sizes, and colours and to represent our hardworking, and absolutely vital sector. The autumn party conference season presents us with a fantastic opportunity to do this.



LGA Chair, Councillor Shaun Davies

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Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference, Saturday 23 – Tuesday 26 September 2023, Bournemouth

 

  • LGA local government reception

Sunday 24 September, 19.45 - 21.00, Bayview suite, Bournemouth International Centre.

Speakers: Councillor Joe Harris, Leader of the LGA Liberal Democrat Group; Councillor Prue Bray, Wokingham Council and Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats. 

  • LGA debate: council housing revival

Monday 25 September, 13.00 - 14.00, Meyrick Suite, Bournemouth International Centre.

Speakers: Baroness Pinnock; Councillor Darren Sanders, Portsmouth City Council and Councillor Emily Davey, Kingston Council. Chair: Councillor Heather Kidd, Shropshire Council.

External stakeholder events

  • Accelerating the renewable energy rollout while delivering for nature and communities - The Nature Conservancy

Monday 25 September, 11:30 - 12:30, Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth.

LGA representative speaking: Councillor Vikki Slade, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

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Conservative Party Conference, Sunday 1 – Wednesday 4 October 2023, Manchester

  • LGA Conservative Group welcome reception

Sunday 1 October, 15.30 - 17.00, Trafford Room, Midland Hotel, 6 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS.

Speakers: Councillor Abi Brown, LGA Conservative Group Deputy Leader and Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

  • LGA debate, Make It Local: empowering local government with added freedoms and flexibility from Government to deliver efficient public services

Monday 2 October, 10.30 –12.00, Charter 4 Suite, Manchester Central Convention Centre, Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX.

Speakers: Lee Rowley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Government and Building Safety, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; Thomas Pope, Deputy Chief Economist, Institute for Government; David Simmonds CBE MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner and Vice-President of the LGA; Councillor Colin Noble, Chair of the LGA Conservatives Manifesto Working Group and former Leader of Suffolk County Council. Chair: Councillor Abi Brown, LGA Conservative Group Deputy Leader.


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Green Party Conference, Friday 6 – Saturday 7 October 2023, Brighton

  • LGA Independent Group Reception

Friday 6 October, 18.00 – 19.15, Room 15, Brighton Centre

Speakers: Marianne Overton MBE, Leader of the LGA Independent Group; Councillor Carla Denyer, co-Leader, Green Party, prospective parliamentary candidate for Bristol Central, Bristol City Council and Natalie Bennett, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, former Green Party leader and LGA Vice-President and more.

  • LGA Debate: Make It Local – unlocking socially just transitions through local government

Saturday 7 October, 9.00 – 10.15, Room 9, Brighton Centre

Speakers: Marianne Overton MBE, Leader of the LGA Independent Group; Councillor Carla Denyer, co-Leader, Green Party, prospective parliamentary candidate for Bristol Central; Natalie Bennett, Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, former Green Party Leader and LGA Vice-President; Councillor Johnny Denis, Chair of the Association of Green Councillors, Lewes and Eastbourne Council; Councillor Caroline Jackson, Deputy Leader of the LGA Independent Group, Lancaster City Council.

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Labour Party Annual Conference, Sunday 8 – Wednesday 11 October 2023, Liverpool

  • Association of Labour Councillors annual reception

Sunday 8 October, 20.00 – 21.30, Hall 2H- Secure Zone, ACC, Liverpool

Speakers: Councillor Shaun Davies, LGA Chair.

  • LGA debate: unlocking prosperity with a New Local Deal

Monday 9 October, 16.10 - 17.25, Meeting Room 18, ACC, Liverpool

Speakers: Cllr Shaun Davies, LGA Chair; Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council;  Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; Dr Arianna Giovannini, Deputy Director of the Local Governance Research Centre at the Department of Politics, People and Place, De Montfort University. Chair: Cllr Michael Payne, Deputy Chair of the LGA Labour Group.

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LGA Independent Group Conference

The LGA Independent Group ‘weekender’ will take place at the LGA’s Smith Square offices in London, Friday 20 – Saturday 21 October.

It is an ‘away day’ for Executive Group members, peers and Independent members on LGA Boards to network, share and discuss ideas as well as engage in group policy making ahead of the next General Election and beyond. 

The LGA’s Independent Group Conference will take place over two days this year, Friday 24 – Saturday 25 November, at the LGA’s Smith Square offices in London. Cllr Marianne Overton MBE will lead. This is free to attend and open to all independent councillors and councillors from small political parties.

Booking details for both events to follow soon.

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