18th August 2013 17:51 | by Andy Halsall
Our Annual Conference will take place on the 12th and 13th of October 2013 in Manchester!
Book your place at: conference.pirateparty.org.uk
This is one of the most important dates in Pirate Politics in the UK. Conference attendees will have the chance to take part in debates, hear about what has been happening within the party and help shape our agenda and approach for the coming year. This year we have spaces for 150 delegates on both days of the conference.
This year conference will be split between an internal conference on the Saturday and a public conference on Sunday. The internal conference cover the state of the party, policy, finish the selection of our candidates for the European Election and more. During the external conference we will run a series of panel debates, talks and discussions with internal and external speakers.
Conference is always an exciting event and a chance for all to get together and discuss the party’s policies and priorities. You will be able to attend panels, get your position across, hold elected party officers to account, arrange to attend training events, network with other pirates, exchange experiences and have some fun.
Conference is a unique opportunity to meet other members, elected officers, candidates, researchers and all those other people who are involved with the party. Whether you are an active member or someone who has been watching on the sidelines, conference is a time for you to get to know the party better and to get more involved.
It also means you can have your say about where the party is and where it is going. We are a small party at present and every voice is valued, so if you have a few choice words for the Party leader, want to bend the Treasurer's ear or meet those candidates you keep hearing about during elections then this is the place to do it.
We're looking forward to welcoming people to Manchester, where we've shown people are willing to vote Pirate - we've beaten the LibDems, Respect, TUSC and UKIP here. The venue is very appropriate, the Museum of Science and Industry, showing our commitment to technology, education and culture.
We will also need some volunteers to help with the running of conference, priority will be for Manchester branch members, but if you want to help get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what is needed.