Branches will be aware that following the decisions made at the Special Redesign Conference in 2018 it was agreed that there would be a requirement to hold an Equality Day during the period of Annual Conference.  Annual Conference 2020 would have been the first of the biennial 6 day conferences which would have incorporated a 3-day General Conference that included an additional day dedicated to Equality issues.

However, conference in 2020 which was due to be held in Bournemouth did not take place due to the ongoing pandemic, but we managed to roll forward the deposits paid to the Bournemouth International Centre from 2020 to a future date. Given the lack of availability and that we still need to hold a 6-day conference event the BIC could only provide us with one date at the end of April. Therefore, it has been agreed at the NEC in June 2021 that Annual Conference will take place in Bournemouth from Sunday 24th April 2022 to Friday 29th April 2022.

Further information with regards the programme of business for the week will be published at a later date.

With regards Annual Conference 2023 we currently have no provisional bookings in place but we will need to assess the availability, suitability and costs involved in moving conference to a northern venue, work will commence on this immediately.

Additionally, the NEC are aware that there are a number of policy areas around which we need discussion and decisions made sooner than a conference in 2022 allows.  The NEC have agreed to hold a virtual, on-line event later this year for that purpose.  We are in the process of planning this event and further details will be forwarded to Branches shortly.

Any queries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256 or by email to

Yours sincerely,

Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General Secretary

LTB 304/21

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