Party conference season

Labour Conference at ACC Liverpool
Temporary fences in Manchester during the Conservatives conference

Period of three weeks in September and October of each year, whilst the House of Commons is in recess, in which the annual political party conferences are held.

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Labour Conference at ACC Liverpool

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The 2016 Labour Party Conference at ACC Liverpool

Labour Party Conference

Annual national conference of the UK Labour Party.

Annual national conference of the UK Labour Party.

The 2016 Labour Party Conference at ACC Liverpool
Gordon Brown speaks at the 2008 labour conference
Ed Miliband gives his first keynote conference speech as leader of the Labour Party
Burnham (Left) and Jeremy Corbyn (Right) re-elected as Leader of the Party at the 2016 Labour Party Conferencel
Audience at the 2019 Labour conference

The conference is traditionally held on the final week in September during the British party conference season when the House of Commons is in recess, after the Liberal Democrats and before the Conservative Party have held their conferences.

The Brighton Centre in April 2013

Brighton Centre

Conference and exhibition centre located in Brighton, England.

Conference and exhibition centre located in Brighton, England.

The Brighton Centre in April 2013

It is the largest of its kind in southern England, and is regularly used for conferences of the British political parties and other bodies of national importance.

Conservative Party Conference held in Manchester at the Central Convention Complex in 2011

Conservative Party Conference (UK)

Four-day national conference event held by the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.

Four-day national conference event held by the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.

Conservative Party Conference held in Manchester at the Central Convention Complex in 2011

It takes place every year around October during the British party conference season, when the House of Commons is in recess.

View of Blackpool, 1784

Blackpool

Large town and seaside resort in Lancashire, England.

Large town and seaside resort in Lancashire, England.

View of Blackpool, 1784
Blackpool sands in 1895
Photochrom of the Promenade c. 1898
Promenade steps at high tide in 2017
Blackpool Town Hall (1895–1900) by Messrs Potts, Son & Henning
TVR employed 250 people in Blackpool
Overlooking Central Pier
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
The Tower and Illuminations
Blackpool's Central Pier in winter
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Blackpool's regenerated Promenade
Unique street lighting on Birley Street
Blackpool Tower, a Blackpool landmark.
Blackpool's famous Winter Gardens
A Blackpool Transport bus en route to Fleetwood
Interior of Blackpool North station
A map of the tram network
Flexity 2 tram, No 011 at Tower tram station in April 2012
An unmodified double-decker English Electric Balloon tram on the Promenade at Bispham
View from the tower, looking south
Bloomfield Road Stadium, home of Blackpool F.C.
Sacred Heart Church

Outside the main holiday season, Blackpool's Winter Gardens routinely used to host major political and trade union conferences.

Bournemouth International Centre

Opened in September 1984.

Opened in September 1984.

The BIC's location on the seafront
Purbeck Hall in August 2018

Additionally, it is well known for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions.

The Long Parliament, which prevented its own prorogation and reaffirmed the Petition of Right in 1641.

2019 British prorogation controversy

Ordered to be prorogued by Queen Elizabeth II upon the advice of the Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, advice later ruled to be unlawful.

Ordered to be prorogued by Queen Elizabeth II upon the advice of the Conservative prime minister, Boris Johnson, advice later ruled to be unlawful.

The Long Parliament, which prevented its own prorogation and reaffirmed the Petition of Right in 1641.
Protestors block Westminster Bridge outside Parliament on 28 August 2019.
Opposition MPs applaud Bercow as he sets the date for his retirement.
Press and anti-prorogation protesters assemble outside the Supreme Court on 17 September 2019
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alt=Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker.|Lord Fowler
alt=Baroness Evans, the Leader of the House of Lords.|Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
alt=Lord Hope of Craighead, the convenor of the crossbenchers.|Lord Hope of Craighead
alt=Baroness Smith of Basildon, the leader of the Labour Party in the House of Lords.|Baroness Smith of Basildon

Opposition MPs also mooted the traditional conference season recess; in 2019, the conference season started with the Liberal Democrat conference, which began on 14 September, and ends with the closure of Conservative conference on 2 October.

Sophy Ridge on Sunday

Sky News Sunday morning talk show fronted by Sophy Ridge.

Sky News Sunday morning talk show fronted by Sophy Ridge.

During party conference season, the show is broadcast from the UK's major party conferences.

Peston on Sunday

Flagship political discussion programme on British television network ITV, which was broadcast live on Sunday mornings from 10 am and rebroadcast after the ITV Weekend News on Sunday evening.

Flagship political discussion programme on British television network ITV, which was broadcast live on Sunday mornings from 10 am and rebroadcast after the ITV Weekend News on Sunday evening.

Peston with a film crew at the 2016 Labour Party Conference, filming John McDonnell giving his Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer speech

Episodes were broadcast from Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow during the party conference seasons of 2016 and 2017.

Parliament at the Palace of Westminster is central to the UK's constitution. The House of Commons represents around 65 million people in 650 constituencies. The House of Lords remains unelected but can be overruled.

Prorogation in the United Kingdom

Act in United Kingdom constitutional law that is usually used to mark the end of a parliamentary session.

Act in United Kingdom constitutional law that is usually used to mark the end of a parliamentary session.

Parliament at the Palace of Westminster is central to the UK's constitution. The House of Commons represents around 65 million people in 650 constituencies. The House of Lords remains unelected but can be overruled.

Parliament was due to have a three-week recess for party conference season, and if that were to take place as usual then Johnson's prorogation would add around four days to the parliamentary break.

President of the European Parliament David Sassoli signs the Withdrawal Agreement on 29 January 2020

Timeline of Brexit

Timeline of major events concerning Brexit: from the referendum until Brexit day on 31 January 2020 , and from Brexit day until 1 January 2021 (the end of the transition period).

Timeline of major events concerning Brexit: from the referendum until Brexit day on 31 January 2020 , and from Brexit day until 1 January 2021 (the end of the transition period).

President of the European Parliament David Sassoli signs the Withdrawal Agreement on 29 January 2020
Crowds in Parliament Square for the formal moment of exit at 11p.m. on 31 January 2020

9 September: The Government again loses an attempt to call an election under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. Dominic Grieve's humble address, requiring key Cabinet Office figures to publicise private messages about the prorogation of parliament, is passed by the House of Commons. Speaker John Bercow announces his intention to resign as Speaker of the House of Commons on or before 31 October. The Benn Act receives Royal Assent and becomes the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019. Parliament is prorogued until 14 October 2019. Party conference season begins, with anticipation building around a general election.