22 September 2022, Harrogate - Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC) will host the Green Party Autumn Conference from 30 September to 2 October, five years after the Party’s last conference in Harrogate in 2017.
Under the theme of ‘The pathway to a fairer, greener country’, elected members and activists will be meeting at the fully hybrid Conference for three days to discuss the party’s priority issues such as the climate emergency and the cost of living crisis. The Conference is open to both members and non-members, who will be able to attend as observers.
Over 1,000 Green Party members from all over the country will be gathering in Harrogate for the Conference, generating an estimated economic impact of £676,800 in the hospitality sector in the town and district of Harrogate, while 600 are expected to attend online. The Conference follows record breaking electoral results up and down the UK earlier this year, including in North Yorkshire where the Greens won an unprecedented five seats in the County Council.
Mary Clegg, Green Party Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be returning to the Harrogate Convention Centre for this year's Autumn Conference.
“The country is in the midst of overlapping economic, political and environmental crises and the Green Party Autumn Conference plays a vital role in coming up with the answers and solutions to so many of these issues.
“As the Green Party continues to go from strength to strength electorally, we are looking forward to gathering in Harrogate to continue to build our pathway to a fairer, Greener country.”
Paula Lorimer, Venue Director at Harrogate Convention Centre, said: “We are pleased to be hosting the Green Party Autumn Conference again this year.
“Apart from the economic impact of thousands of conference delegates on the restaurants, bars and shops in the Harrogate district, the conference will also be a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful spa town and to ensure North Yorkshire continues to remain relevant in national political life.”
HCC has a track record of hosting public sector conferences and the Green Party Autumn Conference comes after a number of major conferences hosted by HCC earlier this year, including the GMB Congress and Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference in June.
The event is the first political party conference contract signed by HCC since the Conservative Party National Spring Forum scheduled for April 2020, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid.