When and where I’ll be popping up at Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on September 18, 2012

Having been forced to miss last year’s Lib Dem conference because of work commitments, my appetite for a few days’ immersion in politics has been re-whetted. Not enough to attend Glee Club, mind. Other than on LibDemVoice and here, there are a trio of occasions when you can catch me in the, erm, flesh…

Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Half-Time Oranges (and Blues): How to renew the coalition (The Grand:Consort)
This is a joint CentreForum / Institute for Government / Policy Exchange fringe meeting, and I’ll be on the panel alongside Tim Farron, Jeremy Browne and Akash Paun, with Peter Riddell chairing.

Saturday, 10.00pm – 11.00 pm: Blog of the Year Awards (Grand Hotel:Pavilion Room)
Join us for The Lib Dem Blog of the Year Awards (BOTYs), run by LibDemVoice.

Tuesday, 1.00pm – 2.00pm: Holding their feet to the fire: civil liberties under the coalition (Hilton Metropole:Durham Gallery)
A storming panel put together by Liberal Reform with Shami Chakrabati, John Kampfner and Ming Campbell, with me chairing.

They’re not the only events I’ll be attending, though — you’ll be able to see what events I’m planning to attend by checking out my schedule at FringeList.com here. If you see me at any of them, or even in the bar should I visit it for a lemonade, would be great to say hello.

And a shout-out for one other fringe:

Sunday, 8.00 – 9.00pm: Manifesto 2015 – which way next? (Hilton Metropole:Gloucester)
The LibDemVoice fringe – “Alistair Carmichael chairs this exchange of opinions from Social Liberal Forum and Liberal Reform. What do YOU think should go in the party’s next manifesto?”

And a further shout-out for CentreForum’s quite breathtakingly rigorous and diverse range of fringes — I won’t be able to attend them all, but it’s a fantastic array with some great speakers tackling some really tricky issues.