Party conferences 2013/2014 (updated)

Workers Party NI conference table sweets and agendaThis year’s local party conference season will run in the shadow of the Haass talks. The content of speeches as well as the mood of delegates will be combed over to assess party aspirations and assessments of progress.

The parties will also be turning their messaging towards the European Election on 22 May 2014. The Green Party feted their Euro candidate – Ross Brown – way back at their 2012 conference. Earlier this year Sinn Féin re-selected Martina Anderson. The other parties have thus far not finalised or publicised their selections.

Party conferences will also be a vehicle to round up and sheep dip candidates for the upcoming shadow council elections (that may or may not be held on 22 May depending on the progress of the Local Government Bill).


  • [it’s not a party, but for completeness …] Saturday 5 October (10am-12.30pm) – Platform for Change AGM – Chinese Resource Centre, 1 Stranmillis Embankment, Belfast
  • Saturday 12 October – PUP – Brownlow House, Lurgan [report on the conference and audio]
  • Friday 18/Saturday 19 October – UUP – Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge [couple of blog posts and a review of conference with audio]
  • Saturday 2 November – Green Party EGM – tba
  • Friday 8-Sunday 10 November – SDLP – Armagh City Hotel [review of the conference with audio and an unexpectedly poetic contribution]
  • Saturday 16 November – NI21 – Europa Hotel
  • Saturday 16 November – éirígí – Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin
  • Friday 22/Saturday 23 November – DUP – La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh [report]
  • Saturday 23 November – Workers Party – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast *change of date*
  • Saturday 30 November – TUV – The Royal Hotel, Cookstown


(UKIP held their regional conference in Belfast’s Radisson Blu hotel on 6 June 2013.)

I’ll update this post with dates and venues from other parties – eg, Labour – who get in touch with information. Check out Slugger’s archive of commentary and reflection on previous party conferences.

  • Sinn Féin is 14/15th February.

  • Charles_Gould

    Judging by the information given above on the existing candidates, the SDLP should be able to do well, raising its vote share, if an able candidate is chosen.

  • Charles_Gould

    The SDLP will be the only PES party in the upcoming Euro elections, in NI.

  • So the PUP’s conference will come three weeks into the Haass talks. I wonder how this will affect the posturing of the loyalists involved in the talks? The DUP will hold the last conference of the autumn, which means that it will probably be less affected than the PUP, but might be competing with the PUP. The SDLP’s stance in the talks will probably be more affected by the positions adopted by SF than by the fact that its own conference is in early November.

  • Worker’s Party – Saturday 28th October???? Should this be 26th October?

  • Stephen – I’ve corrected the date (though WPNI were the ones who told me Saturday 28!)

  • Rossbrown

    Hi Alan the Green Party conference this year is at Skainos on 29th March