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One-day Conference: London, 8th December 2007 September 5, 2007

Posted by Nick in Events.

The Group’s one day conference postponed from June has been re-scheduled:

Date: Saturday, 8th December 2007

Place: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London
(Five minutes walk from Holborn tube.)

The morning will include a Guest Speaker and debate on Dignity in Dying. The afternoon will consist of workshop sessions on topics to be chosen by members!

We can now confirm that Lord Taverne will be speaking at the Conference.

Further details should be available at Brighton and will follow in the next Newsletter. However the success of this event depends on you giving early indication numbers. If you think you might attend please email Vice Chair, Cllr. Vera Head: vera.head@tiscali.co.uk or phone 01494 727254.

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1. Marilyn Mason - November 19, 2007

Update on the conference. The programme will be as follows:

“Setting the Agenda for 2008”

Saturday, 8th December, London, 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1*

Keynote speaker: Lord Taverne QC on assisted dying

Chair: Arnie Gibbons (HSLD Chair)

Liberal Democrats will have a new leader in 2008. Will we have some new policies too? Come along with your ideas about what the priorities should be for humanists and secularists within the party, and how we can make them happen.


10.30 Registration, coffee/tea and biscuits. (Please hand in your ideas for discussion in the afternoon at registration.)

11.00 Welcome and introductions, followed by

Dick Taverne QC on assisted dying, followed by

Discussion and questions

12.30 Lunch

1.15 Reconvene for 3-minute (maximum) presentations from participants on
“What matters most to humanists and secularists in the party?”
Your chance to promote an issue that really matters to you. For example, should HSLDs be fighting to get assisted dying legalised? Should we prioritise reform of the House of Lords? Should we be vigorously upholding liberty of thought and discussion?

1.35 Group discussions on some of the above issues: How should liberals respond? How do we get the issues that matter to us onto the party agenda?

2.20 Feedback: reporting back to the conference, followed by
Tea break

3.00 Plenary: “Spreading the word” – How do humanists and secularists make themselves heard within the party? Discussion led by Chair Arnie Gibbons and Dr Evan Harris MP

3.45 End of conference
Refreshments available to 4.00 pm

Cost: HSLD members £15, non-members £20, students £10, including all refreshments

To book, please send booking form to Cllr Vera Head at 10 Cherry Orchard, Amersham HP6 6LE with your cheque. All bookings to be confirmed and paid for by 24th November, cheques made out to “Lib Dem Humanist & Secularist Group”.

Queries to Cllr Vera Head at 01494 727254 or vera.head@tiscali.co.uk.

* Nearest Underground station is Holborn

** Timings are approximate, but the conference will definitely start at the scheduled time and finish formally by 3.45 pm.

2. Geoffrey Hillyard - December 4, 2007

Dear Vera HEad – I phoned you some weeks ago and you confirmed that Saturdays conference is taking place – and gave me the impression that one would be welcome if one just turned up – so I made arrangements to travel to London and stay the night etc now I read that I should have registered by 24 Nov- – sorry – will post a cheque as soon as I get home from this library. I intend to bring a discussion paper on assisted suicide with me – please Email me as to how many photocopies I should bring with me – look forward to seeing you in 93 hours time!

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