Green Party Autumn Conference Tomorrow!

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The Green Party Autumn Conference – our first with an MP – starts THIS FRIDAY.

The conferences committee and coordinator have been slaving over the final organisational details, the speakers are polishing their prose and the stallholders gathering their leaflets…

IF YOU HAVEN’T BOOKED, NO PROBLEM – you can still participate; just turn up on the door and pay (fees). You can attend for one, two, three or all four days. (But please note you’ll have to arrange your own accommodation).

Conference runs from Friday 10th September 12.30pm to Monday 13th September 4pm, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, B3 3HG. Five minutes walk from Birmingham New Street station. (If there’s a session you particularly want to attend please arrive in good time – the volunteers on the front desk are likely to be busy!)

The final timetable (PDF) (including detail of fringes, panels etc) is now on the members’ website, as is the final agenda (PDF). (If you need the username and password please email internalcommunications@greenparty.org.uk).

Among the highlights are speeches from Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas (Friday 1:40pm), followed by Wales Leader Jake Griffiths; and Deputy Leader Adrian Ramsay (Saturday 11.30am)

…and much more:

Friday 6pm Prisons panel – Juliet Lyon (Director of the Prison Reform Trust) and Denise Marshall (Co-ordinator of Birth Companions).

Saturday 3pm Transport panel – Richard Hebditch (Campaigns Director, Campaign for Better Transport) and Richard Dyer (Transport Policy Officer, Friends of the Earth)

Saturday from 3pm: The Green World debate on electoral reform, followed by the Electoral Reform Society fringe

Saturday 6pm Public Service Cuts panel – Salma Yaqoob (Leader, Respect party), Billy Hayes (General Secretary, Communication Workers Union) and Adrian Ramsay

Saturday Night entertainment: A themed quiz organised by the local party plus the revue.

Sunday 6pm “The Business of Education” panel – Alisdair Smith (Secretary of Anti Academies Alliance), Doug Morgan (Branch Secretary Birmingham NUT) and Paul Mackney (former NATFHE General Secretary)

On Monday, to give just one example of how full the activities are, at 1pm you’ll have four choices of fringe: A Green Council in Norwich?: Project Norwich; Benefits cuts – how the poorest and most vulnerable will suffer most, with speakers from Women with Visible and Invisible Disabilities and Single Mothers’ Self Defence; the science policy working group with speakers Imran Khan, director of Campaign for Science and Engineering, Frank Swain, science writer, and Stuart Parkinson, executive director of Scientists for Global Responsibility; and a meeting of the monetary policy group.

Some final practical details…

New Members’ Welcome Event – timetable change

The New Members’ Event at Conference has now been moved back to start at 7pm, so as not to clash with an interesting panel debate on service cuts. We’re welcoming new members’ to join us at 7pm in the Recital Hall on Saturday 11th September – it will be a great opportunity to meet current members and to find out more about the party and the different ways that you can get more involved – and the event will begin with a warm welcome from Caroline Lucas. There will be free refreshments (alcoholic and non) throughout the event, courtesy of our friends at The Phone Co-op and there’ll be plenty of time to mingle with other members.

Creche bookings still open!

If you’d like to bring your children to conference, and have them professionally cared for in a lovely environment while you contribute and enjoy, please contact conferences coordinator Louisa Greenbaum ASAP: louisa.greenbaum@greenparty.org.uk, 0791 391 9412. (It might be possible for even a last-minute decision to attend to be accommodated.)

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