12 June 2019
This year, we had our most successful local elections ever - defending 13 councillors and winning 30 new seats. Green successes helped end 9 Conservative administrations in the South West, and we made our first gains on 10 new councils.
Come to South West Summer Conference to find out how we achieved these amazing results, and gain new skills to take back to your local party.
There's a packed line-up of speakers including Green Party Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley, Molly Scott Cato MEP, and the proposer of the UK's first Climate Emergency Motion - Councillor Carla Denyer.
On Saturday we have panel discussions on how we won against Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, as well as how we used new ways of recruiting volunteers, planning campaigns, and getting our message out, to win across the region. There will also be training sessions on how to use these techniques, and how to plan your next local election campaigns - essential for Candidates and Campaign Managers looking to win in 2020 and 2021 - as well as help for those local parties who are just getting started on their road to winning.
On Sunday we look more closely at what our councillors are achieving, and what we can do to help make sure our election successes have the maximum impact. We'll cover everything - from the best ways to keep in touch with your voters and using single-issue campaigns, to how we can deliver Green Party policies as part of a shared council administration. There will also be training sessions ideal for our first time Councillors, and a handy refresher for those elected in previous years.
There will be workshops on creating a safe and supportive political culture in your local party, climate emergency motions, and a walking tour of the radical city of Bristol.
Whether you're a seasoned activist or complete newcomer, there's something for everyone and all members are welcome!
So join us in Bristol for the fourth annual South West Green Party Summer conference!
There will be food available, including vegan options, at the venue on both days. Full details of the agenda and conference sessions can be found here. A detailed timetable for the day can be found here.
Tickets cost £20 for one day or £30 for both days (£10/£15 low waged) if booked in advance, or £30 for one day/£40 for both days if bought on the door.