2018/9 NI Party Conference dates

With local government elections coming up on 2 May 2019 [Ed – they may not be the only elections next year!] a lot of political parties shifted their conferences over the last year from autumn into spring to align with the final period of campaigning. So the schedule of autumn 2018 conferences is fairly sparse.

If you have any information on the dates, times and locations of the missing conferences, please get in touch by email to alaninbelfast AT gmail DOT com and I’ll keep the post up to date.

I’ll also update this post with links to Slugger’s conference coverage after each event.


  • Saturday 13 October – PUP – Antrim – media not invited
  • Saturday 20 October – UUP – Armagh City Hotel – #uup18 conference report
  • Saturday 24 November – DUP – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast – #dup18 conference report


  • Saturday 2 March – Alliance – ???
  • spring – Workers Party – ???
  • spring – SDLP – ???
  • spring – TUV – ???
  • spring – Green Party – ???
  • spring – Sinn Féin – ???

Also relevant are the NI post-primary test dates in 2018 for AQE (Saturdays 10 November, 24 November and 1 December) and GL Assessment (Saturday 17 November + supplementary test on 8 December).

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.