Party conference calendar: All you need to know about Tory, Labour & SNP conferences

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Party political conferences take place every year in the autumn. Last year’s season had to take place remotely due to the Covid pandemic. But this year’s season will go ahead in person. These events are essential as they set out a party’s political agenda for the rest of the year.

The conference season gives the UK’s main political parties and their members, the chance to get together to discuss the party’s plans for the next political year.

These conferences last for several days and are made up of key speeches and round-table discussions with senior politicians and party members.


The Labour party’s conference season is already well underway.

It began on September 25 and will finish on September 29.

This year it’s being held in Brighton and will finish when Sir Keir Starmer delivers his main speech on September 29.


The Conservative’s party conference will run from October 3 to 6.

Conservative politicians and their supporters will travel to Manchester this year to hear key speeches from the likes of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

The event will be kicked off on Monday which has been dubbed “Business Day”.

Here Chancellor Rishi Sunak will address the conference and will talk to key business leaders.

Boris Johnson is expected to explain in further detail his plans for “levelling up” the UK.

Green Party of England and Wales

The Greens have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as Brits have become increasingly concerned about climate change.

Their conference will take place from October 22 to 24 in Birmingham.

Just like the Conservatives and Labour their conference will not be held virtually.

The leadership of the party is expected to be one of the main topics of conversation.

Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley who co-lead the party will step down this year.

This will trigger a leadership contest which is expected to be finished before the conference begins.


The SNP are expected to hold their conference virtually this year over Covid concerns.

The dates have not been confirmed but it’s expected to be held across the weekend of November 26 to 29.

Nicola Sturgeon has promised in her key speech to keep pushing for a second independence referendum by the end of 2023.

Liberal Democrats

The Libs Dems have already completed their annual conference.

It ran largely online from September 17 to 20, although there was one small in-person gathering in Canary Wharf, London.

A significant promise made by Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey in his speech was a £5 billion voucher scheme to help parents to pay for extra tutoring following school disruptions caused by lockdowns.

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