Spring Conference 2016 - A Day of Action


With local elections being held in May 2016, Newcastle-under-Lyme has 'volunteered' to host The West Midlands Spring Conference.

Vince Cable and Tessa Munt have both confirmed their availability and we are thrilled that we have been able to attract again two exceptional speakers.

Tickets are now on sale at Ticketsource

We have priced the tickets at £10 to cover the cost of hiring the venue and the cost of providing refreshments. There are no concessions for this event.

Our day is packed with activity, with our main focus on Training for Campaigning Following the morning’s training – inspired and primed for action, members who keen to put into action their newly learnt and improved campaigning skills will take to the streets of Newcastle-under-Lyme and campaign on behalf of the Local Party.


Whilst Campaign Teams are out during the afternoon, we will also be hosting a series of policy discussions for members who prefer to remain in situ and would like the opportunity of direct involvement with key regional figures.

Our Chair of Campaigns, Phil Bennion, will also bring members up to date with our European campaign.

During the day our Chair of Candidates, Jock Gallagher, will be holding ‘drop in’ sessions for delegates who are interested in finding out more about becoming candidates in future elections.

Lucy Hurds (Vice Chair Rural) will be meeting with local party chairs or their representative to discuss what they want from the region and for the local parties to elect a representative for the Regional Executive.

The Spring Conference is in the Methodist Church, Newcastle-under-Lyme (Ryecroft, STA 2AD)– the entrance to the conference is on Merrial Street. The nearest railway station is Stoke on Trent, with regular bus links into Newcastle. We will also be providing a 'shuttle service' if required.

Google Map link here

Directions by car - coming from west (A525 or A53) or from south (via A34 or A519 from M6) Enter the ring road (N.B. The shortest route from the south is the anti-clockwise route along Barracks Road). At the Nelson Place roundabout (with a significant fish sculpture in the middle) go round to the 2nd exit (A53 King Street). (N.B. The 3rd exit, A52 George Street, is one way in the wrong direction at this point). Keep in the right lane and follow the road round to the right (past the side of the Borough Arms Hotel). Move over to the left hand lane and follow the road round to the left past a modern row of shops. Seagrave Street (entrance to King Street car park) is the second  turning on the left. If you miss it (!) then the best thing to do is to carry on up the hill past two more small side streets to a largish road on the left, Albert Street. Turn left down here and then at the end turn left and down the hill. The other entrance to the car park is at the bottom beyond the houses/shops.

Access from the north-east is straightforward - straight down the A53 and into the car park.

Directions from Bus Station - Go up Castle Walk (the newish pedestrianised route) through to the Ironmarket. At the end turn right, down the slope, past the library on the left and take the alleyway to the left of the library into Merrial Street.

Station pick-up - There will be a shuttle service arranged from Stoke railway Station to the Conference.

Please contact [email protected] or telephone 01789 295 970 to advise if this is required and to check details

Car parking - Plenty of car parking options from the adjacent Council Car Park (at £1/hr) to the 2 listed below (which are free), but a very short walk from the conference venue St George's Church (top end of Cherry Orchard) on the other side of the ring road King Street Access either from A53 westbound or from A52 (George Street)

In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact Richard Vos directly on [email protected] or in the Conference Office 01789 295 970

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