Conference round up

27 May 2024
Sally at conference

It already seems a long time ago with everything that’s happened, but it was a really successful conference for our West Lothian representatives at the conference in Hamilton on 18th and 19th May.

Councillor Sally Pattle led the motion on dismantling the wasteful National Care Service on behalf of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors. Calling instead for the money to be given to frontline services in the NHS and local authorities, the motion was passed by a huge majority.

First time speaker at conference Hayley Bennie delivered an impassioned and knowledgeable speech during the Child Bereavement motion, which secured calls for proper training and support to be provided for those dealing with children suffering bereavement on the frontline. The motion was passed unanimously.

Councillor Sally Pattle and John MacKenzie were also involved in getting A Fair Deal for Scottish Sport passed at conference, calling for fair and structured funding for all sport – not just football! – and explicitly recognising the link between access to sporting facilities and improved mental health.

Finally, Caron Lindsay, our candidate for Livingston, spoke with great passion during the Literacy and Attainment motion, calling out the falling standards in Scottish Education and speaking on her own experiences reading aloud to her son when he was growing up.

Alongside speeches by Federal Leader Sir Ed Davey and Scottish Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton, the conference was a huge success and galvanised us for what was to be an important week!

You can catch up on conference and listen to the speeches here:

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