This year, 2013, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Liberal Democrats. From near-annihilation to entry into government, the years since 1988 have been a roller-coaster ride for the party.
Discuss which factors were important in the survival and success of the Liberal Democrats, and speculate about the future, with:
Duncan Brack (Editor, Journal of Liberal History): on leadership and policy
Mark Pack (Liberal Democrats online campaign manager, 2001 and 2005): on campaigns
John Curtice (Professor Politics, Strathclyde University): who votes for the Liberal Democrats?
Cllr Julie Smith (Vice Chair, Lib Dem Policy Committee): on the impact of coalition
Chair: Paddy Ashdown (Chair, 2015 general election campaign)
A Liberal Democrat History Group fringe meeting
(note this is outside the conference secure area no passes necessary)