We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Federal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Two

September 19, 2020 3:00 PM

LogoFederal Party Autumn Conference 2020 - Preview of Day Two, Saturday 26th September

Federal Conference commences at 10am on Saturday with a Q & A session on Foreign Affairs and post Brexit transition period. Final line up of the Panel awaited but include two Lib Dem Peers, Baronesses Northover and Ludford*

(*pictured) Baroness Ludford

The session is followed by an interview with a Party spokesperson to be announced.

The first of two important policy debates follow.

The first is moved by Wendy Chamberain MP, Spokesperson for Political and Constitutional Reform, Scotland,Wales & N Ireland,

Wendy Chamberlain

The Creation of a Federal United Kingdom

This motion recognises that the future cohesion and existence of the United Kingdom is threatened by a sense of alienation amongst many of our citizens which has fuelled Brexit and the growth of nationalism.

The constitution of the United Kingdom is not fit for the needs of a 21st century liberal democracy, and this motion calls for:

  • A Declaration that the United Kingdom is a federal union that exists by the consent of the people of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • The creation of powerful institutions to encourage and enable co-operation between the governments and parliaments of the various parts of the United Kingdom

  • Early measures to implement the Federal Declaration including creating a Declaration of Rights as a foundation document of a Federal United Kingdom which includes a new, modern, inclusive definition of citizenship

Read the full motion here


The Conference takes a break for 2 hours between 12 and 2pm and re-convenes with a debate on the Covid-19 pandemic.The deadline for submission of motions for this debate is still open.

The COVID-19 Pandemic

To ensure a timely and relevant debate on the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a spot reserved at conference to debate on the pandemic that has not yet been chosen.

Once the motion is chosen, it will be available to view on the party website.

Followed by:

3.05pm - Question & Answer Session with newly elected Party Leader, Ed Davey

Ed Davey will answer questions submitted by members

Ed Davey

Commencing at 5pm are reports from the Parliamentary Parties in the House of Lords and House of Commons by Lord Newby, Leader of Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Alistair Carmichael MP ( Chief Whip)

Lord Dick Newby

The session is followed by an interview with a Party spokesperson to be announced.

Commencing at 6pm is a Q & A session with a panel on Covid-19: the economic, work and educational legacy.

Susan KramerBaroness Kramer plus Lord Fox and Lord Storey


Amongst the evening Fringe events are debates by Green Lib Dems on 'Carbon Tax and Dividend' and Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform with contributions from a panel. Lib Dems 'Comedy Night' adds a little light relief to the day's events.

Autumn Conference 2020 will be 100% virtualIF YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED, WHY NOT SIGN UP TODAY.

Look out for our Preview of Day Three at Federal Conference, to follow: