Spring Conference 2019

Dunfermline Liberal Democrat Executive Committee Member Peter Venturi reports back on a successful Scottish Liberal Democrat Spring Conference 2019.

The very successful spring conference was held in the Hamilton Town Hall for the two days, Friday and Saturday 22nd -23rd February for over 200 delegates who attended.
There was a diverse range of topics discussed which included Early Years Education and Childhood, Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Scotland and Trans Rights are Human Rights. There were many speakers who participated in the discussions with a substantial number of first time speakers providing many varied opinions.
However the overriding topic in the main conference hall, at the overflowing fringe event and in all the various informal discussions was Brexit which was also  the main focus of the key note addresses by both Willie Rennie and SIr Vince Cable, There were standing ovations to both speakers in their commitment to the people's vote.(It is interesting that  finally after a  lengthy two year delay the Labour party has now supported this new referendum).   
The conference also gave opportunities for speeches by Wendy Chamberlain, PPC for NE Fife and Aileen Morton, Leader of the Argyle and Bute Council.  There was great participation by the Dunfermline attendees with Aude Boubaker and Teresa Little  both speaking in the Prostitution and Human Trafficking debate. In addition Beryl Leatherland appeared on the BBC when she spoke at the Brexit fringe event. 
In addition to the  there was also a number of other well attended fringe events on Agent's Training, Data protection training and climate proofing our future. Aside from the conference hall and the fringe events there were a number of opportunities to socialise with the highlight being the excellent meal  and the after dinner speech by Sir Graham Watson on the Saturday night.  
In summary, this was a very successful conference with a number of attendees stating that  there was a real energy and enthusiasm reflected in the number and participation of the delegates.  The challenge now  for the party is to use this energy and vigour and get our clear message across to the general public on Brexit and other key topics.

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