Each year hundreds of delegates attend the annual party conferences.Leaders are cheered and journalists pick over the contents of speeches.
But what is the relevance of these gatherings beyond the conference floor? What impact do they have on constituents back home? Helen Ford has been getting the thoughts of an MP and councillor.
More top news
People interested in fostering young people in the Scottish Borders are being urged to come forward.
John Lamont, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, has announced his resignation to concentrate on his General Election campaign.
The iconic international fashion designer is hosting a talk at the University of Cumbria in June.