THE LibDems have cancelled their autumn conference and postponed major debates until Spring following the Queen’s death. 

Sir Ed Davey's party's conference was originally planned to run in Brighton from September 17 to 20 but this clashed with the 10-day mourning period for the Queen including the funeral on September 19. 

Nick da Costa, who chairs the party’s conference committee, said the Lib Dems “want and need to show our respect for the Queen and the period of national mourning”. 

In an email, he said: “The sad news of the last few days has touched our nation deeply. And we now know that the Queen’s funeral will take place on the Monday of our conference. 

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“After very careful consideration […] the conference committee and federal board have together regretfully decided to cancel our autumn conference and postpone major debates until Spring.”

The party said they had looked at the option of postponing the conference until later in October, although said it would have placed “significant additional costs” on members and proved challenging from a logistics perspective.

The Independent reports that Labour is planning to carry on with its conference, scheduled to start in Liverpool on September 25. 

The Conservative Party is also believed to be continuing with plans for the conference, which is due to be held in Birmingham from October 2.