Online autumn event ‘Connected’ is set to replace Labour’s 2020 conference after the annual event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the party will reveal to members this evening.
Running from Saturday 19th to Tuesday 22nd September, the online programme of events will be open to all party members and free to attend. It will include interactive sessions, from policy discussions to training.
Just as conference usually features keynote speeches from the party’s top leadership figures, new Labour leader Keir Starmer, Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds and deputy leader and party chair Angela Rayner will address its online replacement.
Kicking off on Saturday with ‘Women Connected’, a full day-long programme for women in the party, LabourList understands that the online conference will then allow members to:
- Take part in policy discussions with the shadow cabinet, trade unions, affiliates and think tanks
- Take part in live training sessions
- Engage with unions, charities, think tanks and businesses in an interactive exhibition area
A Labour spokesperson said: “We might not be able to get together in person this year but we’re organising an exciting programme of events to connect people and bring our movement together online.