The autumn party conference season is almost upon us. I’ll keep this post updated with information on the dates and venues for the party gatherings most relevant to followers of Northern Ireland politics, and link to Slugger’s conference coverage after each event.
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Note that the DUP have moved their conference forward from its traditional November weekend, while the SDLP are expected to stick to their new spring slot. Despite earlier speculation, no party has yet booked to use the new Waterfront Conference extension with the DUP remaining at La Mon though Alliance are switching to the Stormont Hotel.
- Saturday 15 October – PUP – Corrs Corner – conference report
- Saturday 22 October – UUP – Shaws Bridge Ramada Hotel – conference report
- Friday 28-Saturday 29 October – DUP – La Mon Hotel – conference report
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- Saturday 26 November – TUV – Cookstown – conference report
- November – UKIP –
- Friday 18-Saturday 19 November – Workers Party (Irish ard fheis) – CWU Hall, North Circular Road, Dublin
- 11 February – Workers Party – Grosvenor Hall, Glengal Street, Belfast
- Saturday 25 March – Alliance – Stormont Hotel – conference report
- ??? – Sinn Féin –
- ??? – Green Party NI –
- ??? – SDLP –
Also relevant are the test dates for AQE (Saturdays 12 November, 26 November and 3 December) and GL Assessment (Saturday 19 November + supplementary test on 10 December).
Alan Meban. Tweets as @alaninbelfast. Blogs about cinema and theatre over at Alan in Belfast. A freelancer who writes about, reports from, live-tweets and live-streams civic, academic and political events and conferences. He delivers social media training/coaching; produces podcasts and radio programmes; is a FactCheckNI director; a member of Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland; and a member of the Corrymeela Community.