Spring Conference News

Inaugural General Meeting
Saturday 13th Early Evening 18.15 – 19.30
The ICC, Hall 6b

The Social Liberal Forum has been up and running for just over a year now.  We always intended to make it a membership-based organisation and that time has come!

At this year’s Lib Dem Spring Conference in Birmingham, we will be holding our first general meeting to agree the organisation’s constitution.  Anyone who is a member of the Liberal Democrats and agrees with our aims and objectives is welcome to attend and have their say.  The proposal from the current executive committee (to be confirmed at the meeting) is to make membership free, at least for people who are happy to receive all their communications online.

We will be publishing the draft constitution on the SLF website in the next day or two and the final document will be amendable at the meeting.  But we don’t just want the general meeting to be about constitutions and standing orders – we also would like a general discussion about where people would like to take the organisation in the future.  Hopefully we will also have some exciting news about our first post-general election project.

Joint fringe with One Society Campaign
Saturday 13th Lunchtime 13.00 – 14.00
Crowne Plaza, Room 8

The One Society Campaign has been launched by the Equality Trust, the think tank established by the authors of the best selling The Spirit Level: Why Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.  We’ve delighted to be co-hosting this event which will also be used to promote A Wealth of Opportunity a new pamphlet published by Demos, also in association with the One Society Campaign, exploring equality through a Liberal Democrat perspective.

As well as speakers from Demos and the Equality Trust, Jo Swinson MP will be speaking and the meeting will be chaired by SLF Director Matthew Sowemimo.

I look forward to seeing you at both events!

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4 comments on “Spring Conference News
  1. I won’t be able to make it to conference this year, but am definitely interested in becoming a member…

  2. James Graham says:

    Great! We’re not planning on having the actual elections at the meeting, so there will be plenty of chances to get involved.

  3. Neil Stretton says:

    As with Andrew Hickey, I won’t be at the Spring Conference; but I would love to know what’s planned for the Forum, how you’re going to set up membership and activities and find out generally how to get involved. I’d also be fascinated to find out what (if any !) relationship you’re going to have with the Beveridge Group, if that Group is likely to continue with the formation of the SLF (obviously there are likely to be many ‘joint’ members – in Parliament if nowhere else !) and how the Forum will link with other Lib Dem organisations (or ‘non-aligned’ groups such as Compass and Unlock Democracy).

  4. James Graham says:


    I’ve answered your question regarding Beveridge elsewhere.

    As for membership, it is free and open to all members of the Lib Dems. I will be posting details on the site shortly and hope to have something up that is more automated soon.

    We’ve already got a working relationship with Compass and held joint fringe meetings at both Labour and Lib Dem autumn conferences. We have also been involved with the new After The Fall book. In terms of Unlock Democracy, the only current link is that I happen to be a member of staff for that organisation and so, clearly, we have quite close lines of communication.

    As for other Lib Dem organisations, I am sure that will develop over time. I’d love to explore the possibility of holding joint events and activities but we are not currently in talks with any of them.

    With the constitution now approved, we will be holding elections for a new council shortly after the general election.

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