2014 party conference season is now over, with the Liberal Democrat conference in the unusual position of serving as the last political showpiece before the general election next year. We’ve now made it back from Glasgow to reflect on what we’ve achieved in the past three weeks, including a great deal of positive engagement with both Lib Dem politicians and activists.
In Glasgow, we launched The Yellow Book of the Voluntary Sector – the final instalment in our trilogy of essay collections, giving politicians from each party an opportunity to set out their vision for the future of charities in the UK. Copies were flying off our stand, with attendees also taking copies of our ‘Charity Street’ report and keen to share with us the good work that charities do in their local area.
A number of famous faces visited our stand, including Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg, who provided the foreword for The Yellow Book. In addition contributors such as Norman Lamb MP and Julian Huppert MP stopped by to pick up their copy and see what was going on in our ‘street party.’
We formally released The Yellow Book at our fringe on Tuesday night. As with the essay collections, this was coordinated in partnership with ACEVO, and saw a packed room hear contributions from Baroness Jolly and Liberal Democrat candidates Ben Nicholls, Jemima Bland, Kelly-Marie Blundell and Ibrahim Taguri. You can read our summary of the fringe here, and Third Sector’s take on the content of The Yellow Book here.
Finally, throughout conference season we’ve been holding events to promote #GivingTuesday, combining them with conference activity in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. This is the first year that the international giving campaign has come to the UK, and we’re calling on businesses, charities and individuals to do their bit in support of a good cause on Tuesday 2nd December. For more information about #GivingTuesday, and to find out how you can get involved, click here!
That’s it for us for conference season this year, and we’ll now take a few weeks to recover and gather our thoughts before we look ahead to activity for 2015, where we’ll be heading to Brighton, Manchester and Bournemouth. If you want any further information on any of the reports we’ve produced throughout conference visit the publications section of our website, catch-up on our conference blogs here, follow us on twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.