2016 Autumn Party Conference

Missed the Lib Dem's 2016 Autumn Party Conference? Have a read of our re-cap. Policy success, inspirational breakfast and more! 

Pop-up banners and leaflets in hand, LDCF embarked on a packed programme of events at the Lib Dem's 2016 Autumn Party Conference.

Starting on Saturday, we moved to the main hall for the debate and vote on our policy motion An End  to Homelessness. After a brilliant proposing and summating speech from Paul Halliday and Kirsten Johnson of LDCF Exec, the motion was passed through unanimously! We are excited that the Party has demonstrated such a strong commitment to ending homelessness and look forward to all the campaigning that is to follow. 

To celebrate, LDCF members shared a meal together - a great time of delicious food and good fellowship!  

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Kirsten Johnson and Paul Halliday after the homelessness motion passed 

On Sunday, Lib Dems joined Lord Dick Newby at One Church Brighton for their Sunday service. Dick shared about life as a politician and his own personal faith. LDCF led prayers for our politicians and our world. Back at the conference centre, LDCF led the first ever training session on how to engage with faith communities in political campaigns. On both Sunday and Tuesday, Lib Dem activists from across the UK came along to hear top tips and share advice to help each other better engage with the different faith groups in their areas. Watch this space for similar training events in the future! 

Monday saw our AGM where we elected a new Executive for 2016/17 and celebrated the work of LDCF over the past year. See our 2015/16 highlights here. Minutes to come soon!   

Tuesday started early (too early for the Glee Club attendees!) with our conference prayer breakfast. In a packed room, Baroness Sal Brinton shared her Grandfather's story and the need for forgiveness in politics. Afterwards, the Salvation Army led us in prayer.

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Baroness Sal Brinton at LDCF's 2016 Prayer Breakfast  

On Tuesday lunchtime, we joined with the Trussell Trust to host a fringe event on homelessness and food poverty. Conference delegates filled the room to discuss the issues and the solutions with Norman Lamb MP, Cllr Jayne McCoy and representatives from the Trussell Trust.  

Then, after a brilliant closing speech from Tim Farron, conference was closed.

We had a great week meeting up with new and not-so-new LDCF members on our stand. It was lovely to share our 'home' with our friends at Green Pastures too! See you at Spring Conference in York?! 

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