BRIGHTON CONFERENCE (September 15-18)
Why care about electoral reform? Your chance to comment
The LDER stand at Conference (stall 26, Exhibition Hall) is the chance for all members to post views on what messages will make electoral reform appeal powerfully to the general public — overcoming the age-old dilemma where voters support PR / electoral reform, but only rate it as low priority. LDER — with support from Your Liberal Britain — has devised a series of slogans/messages which ‘sell’ electoral reform from the public point of view. Come along to our stall and tell us which ones you think work best — and tell us of any you think will work better.
Staffing the LDER stall
As always, we’d appreciate volunteers to help us man the LDER Conference stall during Conference. If you have an hour or two spare, please let us know by completing this doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/ut6fnqizuzp9z89p
LDER AGM — recruiting new executive members and a Chair
Our AGM will be held on Sunday September 16; 4-5pm; at Revolution (in the Rum attic), 77 West Street, BN1 2RA.
Please join us. As always we welcome all party members, including potential fresh executive committee members.
This year also, our Chair Crispin Allard is stepping down having completed his three-year term. If you are interested and think you could become our next Chair, please contact Crispin to discuss the role and possibilities — firstname.lastname@example.org
An electoral reformer’s guide to Brighton
Apart from visiting our stall and joining our AGM, here are some possible Conference highlights:
Saturday Sept 15: 14.40 (main hall): ‘Power for People and Communities’ policy debate. (note the call for STV for local government elections in the motion lines 49-50)
Sunday Sept 16: 18.15, Brighton Centre room 1A — ‘Is our electoral system fit for purpose?’
A joint Social Liberal Forum/Unlock Democracy debate on the recent Electoral Commission report and the Cambridge Analytica damage.
Monday Sept 17: 17:00 ‘What can I do to speed up electoral reform?’ Speakers’ Corner event next to the Your Liberal Britain stand (number 12) in the Exhibition, in collaboration with Make Voters Matter.
Monday Sept 17: 18.15 Hilton, room Surrey 2 — ‘Is compulsory voter ID sensible security; or voter disenfranchisement?’ A joint Rowntree Trust/Political Skills Forum debate.
Tuesday Sept 18: 11.30 (main hall); LD priorities for a better Britain. (note: supporting paper calls for PR for Westminster elections and votes at 16).