Wycombe Liberal Democrat Councillors were among 150 Lib Dem councillors from across the country who descended on the Jury’s Inn, Milton Keynes on 27/28th June to attend the major, annual Lib Dem’s Local Government Conference, this year entitled “The Future of Local Government”.
The Conference was opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Cllr Subhan Shafiq, who thanked the delegates for coming to Milton Keynes and invited them to come back as tourists and visit Bletchley Park, the International Festival, our great shops and our wonderful green spaces.
This was followed by a speech by Malcolm Bruce, MP, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems. He highlighted what the Lib Dems had achieved in government including the triple lock on pensions, reducing the tax burden, introducing apprenticeships and the pupil premium.
There were training sessions, fringe meetings, policy sessions on support for older people and housing and an exhibition for delegates to visit.
Speeches were made by the head of the Lib Dems on the Local Government Association (LGA), Gerald Vernon-Jackson from Portsmouth, Catherine Bearder MEP for our region and also by Eastleigh Council leader, Cllr. Keith House.
The Conference was closed by Justice Minister, Simon Hughes MP, who told the audience that his great grandmother had come from Wolverton. Simon Hughes said: “It was really good to come back to Milton Keynes where I have had strong family roots and where the Lib Dems have an excellent record of working in the community”.