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Saturday 15th June 2019

GLD Conference in Nottingham

Vince speaking to Green Lib Dems conference in Nottingham, May 2018 (Kevin Daws)

Vince speaking to the 2018 GLD conference

If you have not already got one, I am sure you will soon be getting your 2019 diary, either as a Christmas present, or to plan your political activism for the next year. So, get ahead of the game by making a note to yourself to put Saturday 15th June 2019 at the top of your list of things to do. We have set the date for our Annual Conference and have already made our provisional booking for the same venue as our very successful 30th Anniversary Conference earlier this year.

The only slight grumble we received about our 2018 conference was that it was a bit too close to the local elections and quite a few of you indicated you would have been able to come a little later - so we have made the date mid-June rather than mid-May. Sir Ed Davey already has the date in his diary - he enjoyed this year`s conference so much he`s coming back as next year`s Keynote Speaker. It helps, of course, that Nottingham is his home turf!

We do not yet have a firm programme, but we do have at least three likely debates in the pipeline to be confirmed. The first of these will examine the links between nuclear arms, disarmament and the wider environmental context, with special reference to the United Nations resolution on multilateral disarmament passed in 2017. The second of these will reprise, in greater depth the fringe meeting from Brighton looking at the links between food supplies and retailing on one hand and land use and agriculture on the other - and, if Brexit really does go ahead, there will be significant environmental pressures on agriculture from all the threatened cheap food imports.

The third area for which we have provisional plans will examine the huge carbon footprint (and other environmental threats) related to 21st century slavery. Nottingham University - the venue for the 2019 conference - has a centre of research excellence, the Rights Lab, which has done a lot of work on the environmental implications of slavery, not least in respect of the deforestation threatening the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous populations.

So - already we have the makings of a fine programme for the conference! In which case, if you don`t make a diary note now you may come to regret it later! In 2020 and beyond we are looking to take the annual conference around the country, to make it more accessible to the more distant Green Liberal Democrat members on a rotating basis, but for this next year we are sticking with the venue that proved to be absolutely excellent in 2018. (My grammar checker has just reminded me that "excellent" is one of those words that you should not normally qualify if you are looking for conciseness, but I think a little hyperbole is allowed now and then!)

If you came to the 2018 conference and enjoyed it spread the word and bring a friend or two for next year. We are expecting great things from our accreditation programme for council candidates who are members of GLD so there may well be a raft of new councillors sharing their first experiences of successful campaigning in the 2019 local elections - so we hope there will be plenty of great stories to tell and share. WATCH THIS SPACEā€¦

Keith Melton - Vice Chair Campaigns (and, thus, Conference Organiser!)

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See information about our 2018 conference at:

Vince speaking to Green Lib Dems conference in Nottingham, May 2018 (Kevin Daws)

Vince speaking to the 2018 GLD conference