Party conference season

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In the United Kingdom the party conference season is the period of three weeks in September and October of each year, whilst the House of Commons is in recess, in which the annual political party conferences are held.

The Conservative Party Conference, Labour Party Conference and Liberal Democrat Federal Conference, representing the three largest UK-wide political parties, in terms of votes cast and seats won in Parliament, hold two annual conferences each, in Spring and Autumn.[citation needed][dubious ]

UK-wide political party conferences have traditionally taken place in seaside resorts such as Blackpool, Brighton and Bournemouth, largely due to there being plenty of cheap accommodation available in such towns at the end of the summer holiday season. However, they are increasingly taking place in major cities with modern, purpose-built conference centres such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.[1]

Conferences for the devolved Scottish and Welsh parties of the UK-wide Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties are held in March, while the Scottish Green Party holds two conferences each year – a one day policy event alongside the devolved conferences in March and a two or three day main conference during the main conference season.

There is an unofficial agreement between the parties that they will stagger the timing of their conferences such that media attention be undivided, though smaller parties do not always abide by this rule firmly. In 2012 for example, there was an overlap between the Liberal Democrat and United Kingdom Independence Party annual conferences, with the latter concluding on the opening day of the former, and in 2013 the Liberal Democrat and Green Party of England and Wales conferences overlapped by three days.

2019 conference season[edit]

The dates and locations of the Autumn 2019 conferences were as follows:

Party Start date End date Venue Notes
Trades Union Congress Sunday 8 September 2019 Wednesday 11 September 2019 The Brighton Centre [2]
Liberal Democrats Saturday 14 September 2019 Tuesday 17 September 2019 Bournemouth International Centre
Labour Saturday 21 September 2019 Wednesday 25 September 2019 The Brighton Centre
Conservatives Sunday 29 September 2019 Wednesday 2 October 2019 Manchester Central Convention Complex
Green Party of England and Wales Friday 4 October 2019 Sunday 6 October 2019 International Convention Centre Wales [3]
Plaid Cymru Friday 4 October 2019 Sunday 6 October 2019 Swansea Grand Theatre
Scottish National Party Sunday 13 October 2019 Tuesday 15 October 2019 The Event Complex Aberdeen [4]
Scottish Green Party Saturday 12 October 2019 Sunday 13 October 2019 Eden Court Inverness [5]

As a result of the defeat for the Government in Miller/Cherry, the September prorogation of Parliament was declared void, and Parliament sat from 25 September. This meant that the Labour conference was cut short and – after failing to win a vote for a recess – that the Conservative conference clashed with the sitting of Parliament for the first time.[6][7]

The dates and locations of other 2019 conferences are as follows:

Party Start date End date Venue Notes
Scottish Liberal Democrats Friday 22 February Saturday 23 February The Hamilton Townhouse [8]
Scottish Labour Friday 8 March Sunday 10 March Caird Hall, Dundee [9]
Liberal Democrats Friday 15 March Sunday 17 March Barbican Centre, York [10]
Plaid Cymru Friday 22 March Saturday 23 March Pontio Centre, Bangor [11]
Welsh Liberal Democrats Saturday 6 April Sunday 7 April Marriott Hotel, Cardiff [12]
Scottish National Party Saturday 27 April Sunday 28 April Edinburgh International Conference Centre [13]
Scottish Conservatives Friday 3 May Saturday 4 May Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre [14]
Green Party of England and Wales Friday 7 June Monday 10 June The Spa, Scarborough [15]

2018 conference season[edit]

The dates and locations of the 2018 conferences were as follows:

2017 conference season[edit]

The dates and locations of the 2017 conferences were as follows:

2016 conference season[edit]

The dates and locations of the 2016 conferences were as follows:

2015 conference season[edit]

Temporary fences in Manchester during the Conservatives conference

The dates and locations of the 2015 conferences were as follows:

2014 conference season[edit]

The dates of the 2014 conferences were as follows:

At their annual conference, the Scottish National Party held a leadership election following Alex Salmond's announcement of resignation. Nicola Sturgeon, formerly Salmond's deputy, was elected as their new leader.

2013 conference season[edit]

The dates of the 2013 conferences were as follows:

2012 conference season[edit]

The dates of the 2012 conferences were as follows:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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