Political party conferences 2016: At-a-glance guide


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Here is an at-a-glance guide to the 2016 party conference season…


Conservative conference

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Media captionIn full: Theresa May’s conference speech

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Labour conference

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Media captionJeremy Corbyn conference speech in full

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Scottish National Party conference

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Media captionAn emotional Nicola Sturgeon was applauded after announcing her children in care review

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Media captionSNP Conference: Nicola Sturgeon webcast

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Liberal Democrat conference

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Media captionThe Lib Dem leader talked of Brexit, refugees, education and the NHS

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  • Tim Farron used his conference speech to tell Labour voters only the Lib Dems can provide “strong opposition” to the Tories. Mr Farron praised some of the policies of ex-PM Tony Blair, saying Labour had “left the stage” under Jeremy Corbyn
  • Nick Clegg said the government had “absolutely no clue” how to deal with the Brexit vote, saying they were “up a creek without a paddle, a canoe or a map”
  • But Vince Cable said he opposed Lib Dem plans to push for another referendum on the UK’s future in Europe when the Brexit deal is negotiated
  • Lord Ashdown said the Lib Dems needed to build alliances with centre-left “progressives” to defeat the Conservatives, saying the party cannot do it alone

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UKIP conference

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Media captionDiane James addresses the UKIP conference after being elected leader

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Media captionNigel Farage addresses the UKIP conference for the last time as leader

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  • Diane James was elected UKIP leader, defeating four other candidates
  • In her acceptance speech, she said UKIP could be the “opposition in waiting” and called on Theresa May to get on with leaving the EU
  • She also called for unity in the party in Wales, amid infighting involving senior members Neil Hamilton and Nathan Gill
  • Bowing out as UKIP leader, Nigel Farage said he had given the party “all of me” but while taking a backseat would not be retiring from politics

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The Green Party of England and Wales conference

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Media captionThe moment the Green Party elected two leaders on a joint ticket.

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Media captionCaroline Lucas: No compromise on fracking or nuclear

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  • Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley were elected co-leaders of the party in a job-sharing arrangement, beating five other candidates
  • In a joint acceptance speech, the pair said the move showed the party was “not bound by tradition” and also called for the Greens to forge alliances with like-minded groups across the political spectrum
  • Amelia Womack was elected as the party’s sole deputy leader

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