Wednesday, 3 September 2014

David Laws MP writes: Make policy at Conference

The last Autumn Conference before next year's General Election is fast approaching and I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage members to get in touch with us and join the debate the party is currently having about our Manifesto for May 2015.

Thousands of members have already submitted some of their thoughts and ideas for what the next Liberal Democrat Manifesto should contain, and as Chair of the Manifesto Working Group, I know how important these contributions have been for the process so far. One of our great strengths as a party is that our policy is developed democratically by our members. That means we need your involvement and your ideas.

Last year, the Working Group produced a Themes Paper which led to a very productive and enjoyable debate at Autumn Conference. Over the past few months we have been working on a Pre-Manifesto which will be similarly debated in Glasgow this year. This document will act as stepping stone to next year's Manifesto, while hopefully laying our some of our party's core values and headline policies for the upcoming campaign.

We have achieved a huge amount in Government over the past four and a half years, and many of the ideas presented in our 2010 General Election Manifesto are now working in the real world to help people up and down the country. But now we need to look to the future and show the public the Liberal Democrat vision for Britain after the next General Election. We need to show them how we will fight for a fair society where everybody has the opportunity to get on in life.

To this end, we need our members to get involved, to send in their ideas to the Manifesto Working Group and to come to this year's Conference to debate these issues and have their say on the Pre-Manifesto.

You can register for Conference at http://www.libdems.org.uk/autumn_conference and submit ideas to the Working Group by visiting http://www.libdems.org.uk/have_your_say.

I very much look forward to reading your suggestions and seeing you in Glasgow at the beginning of October.