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IPPR runs a full events programme bringing together top politicians and policymakers, leading writers and academics, business figures and other expert thinkers to discuss the most important public policy issues with a wide range of audiences. 

See our Upcoming events for opportunities to attend in person or check out our Past events archive to watch, read or listen to selected highlights.

 

European Jobs & Skills Summit 2014

Sights and sounds of the European Jobs & Skills Summit 2014

08 Apr 2014

European Jobs & Skills Summit 2014

Key issues: European jobs and skills

03 Apr 2014

European Jobs & Skills Summit 2014

Keynote speech: Matt Hancock on vocational education, maths and technology

02 Apr 2014

European Jobs & Skills Summit 2014

Keynote speech: Rachel Reeves on work and welfare

02 Apr 2014

Oxford Media Convention 2014

'Backing creators and investing in content': keynote speech by Harriet Harman

26 Feb 2014

Harriet Harman, shadow culture secretary, made a keynote speech at Oxford Media Convention 2014, including a commitment to put creative industries at the heart of the next Labour manifesto.

Download a transcript of Harriet Harman's speech


Oxford Media Convention 2014

Interview: Maria Miller at OMC 2014

26 Feb 2014

Speaking to IPPR before her keynote speech at Oxford Media Convention 2014, culture secretary Maria Miller talks about securing the future of the creative industries and a vibrant internet, and balancing the rights and responsibilities of those working in the media and online.

Culture secretary Maria Miller on the responsibilities of 'citizenship' online


Oxford Media Convention 2014

Watch: Supporting the 'modern makers'

26 Feb 2014

The 'modern makers' of the creative industries are leading the way in Britain's recovering economy. Our new report, March of the modern makers, highlights the existing strengths and latent potential of the sector, and calls for an industrial strategy that supports it as a mature and vital part of our economic future.

Celebrating the value and potential of the creative industries


Cafe Politique: Whose Countryside? Power and inequality in rural Britain

Mark Shucksmith podcast available now

24 Feb 2014

Speaking at a Cafe Politique event in Newcastle, Mark Shucksmith, Director of Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal, spoke on power and inequality in rural Britain. He explored the existence of rural poverty, including the lack of affordable housing and employment opportunities in rural areas.

If you missed the event, or would like to listen again, a podcast of Markspeaking at this event is now available.

To listen to the podcast in full, please use the following link.


Many to many: How the relational state will transform public services

Rick Muir on the benefits of a 'relational state' approach to public services

12 Feb 2014

The value of voting: Reflections on political inequality in Britain with Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP

Sadiq Khan on political inequality and the importance of voting

24 Jan 2014

A One Nation approach to social security: Taking the next steps, with Rachel Reeves MP

Rachel Reeves talks to IPPR about 'tough and fair' work policies

21 Jan 2014

Is British democracy suffering from a permanent state of scandal? with David Runciman

David Runciman: the crisis of British democracy

17 Jan 2014

In a recent talk at IPPR, David Runciman, professor of politics at Trinity College, Cambridge, expanded upon the ideas he set out in his recent Juncture essay, 'The crisis of British democracy: Back to the ’70s or stuck in the present?'

In this exclusive interview, Professor Runciman talks dysfunction, distrust and scandal with Guy Lodge of IPPR. He explains why British democracy is currently going through its worst crisis in decades, but why we may not yet have reached the tipping point that will force the wide-reaching reforms necessary to restore trust in our public institutions.

David Runciman and Guy Lodge on the state of British democracy


What would it take for every neighbourhood in Britain to thrive? Launch of the interim report of IPPR’s Condition of Britain programme

Public launch for Condition of Britain interim report

13 Dec 2013

A large and diverse group of people gathered at Coin Street children's centre to discuss the findings of the Condition of Britain interim report, which brings the first phase of this major project to a close and sets the scene for policy recommendations to come.

Speakers included:

  • Jon Cruddas, head of the Labour party's policy review
  • Glenn Jenkins, director of Marsh Farm Outreach in Luton
  • Debbie Koroma, centre manager of Benchill Children’s Centre in Manchester
  • Kamran Hussain, student and National Citizen Service participant
  • Mick Ward, from Adult Social Care Commissioning at Leeds City Council
  • Kayte Lawton, senior research fellow at IPPR
  • Nick Pearce, IPPR director

The event also included stories from members of the audience and via our Voices of Britain video blog.

Follow #ConditionofBritain on Twitter for comments and conversation

Watch stories from across the country via our Voices of Britain video blog

Read the Condition of Britain interim report

Jon Cruddas makes opening remarks at our Condition of Britain report launch


Resetting the market: energy reforms under a Labour government, with Caroline Flint MP

Caroline Flint on Labour's energy plans

02 Dec 2013

Shadow energy minister Caroline Flint made a speech at IPPR's London offices on 2 December 2013, setting out the Labour party's planned package of measures to address failures in the UK's energy markets. Her speech coincided with the government's announcement of its policy plans for the energy sector, and follows on the heels of the Labour party's green paper on energy.

Download a transcript of Caroline Flint's speech

Caroline Flint speaks at IPPR on Labour's energy market plans


Under pressure – how to survive a decade of austerity

Ed Cox presents to the VCS

13 Nov 2013

Ed Cox, director at IPPR North, presented initial findings of our 'Spending Review North' project to VCS representatives at the event, Under pressure – how to survive a decade of austerity, on 5 November 2013.

Download Ed's presentation (PDF)


Cafe Politique: Shirkers and Strivers? Myths about unemployment

Bill Davies podcast on unemployment

04 Oct 2013

Speaking at a Cafe Politique event in Newcastle, Bill Davies, Researcher at IPPR North, spoke of the narratives around the unemployed and programmes to support them.

If you missed the event, or would like to listen again, a podcast of Bill speaking at this event is now available.

To listen to the podcast in full, please use the following link.


IPPR at party conferences 2013

Does the Tory Party 'get' the North?

01 Oct 2013

IPPR North held a very successful, packed-out, fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference exploring whether the Tory Party ‘gets’ the North. Speaking at this event, Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham; David Skelton, Director of Renewal, a new group designed to extend the Tories’ appeal into areas like the North; and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative Party Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick, discussed the Party’s position in the North and its plan to gain further representation in the future.

It was accepted that the Conservative Party would not win in the North overnight; however Guy Opperman spoke of a long term strategy over the next 10 to 15 years. Delegates at the event discussed the need for the party to broaden its appeal, gain greater local traction and get more ‘boots on the ground’. Also discussed at this event, was the importance of the key cities in the North, such as Newcastle and Manchester, and value of the Living Wage.

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Going for Growth: a conversation with Andrew Adonis

Speech on key principles for growth

09 Sep 2013

Speaking at an IPPR North event in Newcastle, Andrew Adonis outlined some of the key principles under which his growth review is proceeding. This was the first of many visits he will be taking around the country to hear the views of local businesses, colleges and universities in order to take into account the diverse challenges to innovation and growth faced by the different regions.

Addressing key stakeholders in the North East, he said that a big step change was needed. Amongst other things, he highlighted the importance of apprenticeships; set out infrastructure priorities; claimed that BIS needs to be made fit for purpose; and looked into the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships and combined authorities.

A speech by Michael Moore, secretary of state for Scotland

Michael Moore speech

28 Aug 2013

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With just one year to go until the referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future, Michael Moore's keynote speech at the University of Glasgow addressed this 'back-to-school moment' in Scottish politics by setting out his views on the independence debate.

Moore argued that while Scotland stands to benefit from the continuing evolution of the constitutional settlement – thanks to the Scotland Act 2012 and the ongoing contributions of the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Conservatives to the devolution debate – ultimately, a rebalanced economy, fairer society and renewed partnership of nations at home and abroad can only be achieved by a cohesive United Kingdom.

Cross-border concerns: a new agenda for rebalancing Britain

Leanne Wood calls for a new party on the left in England

03 Jul 2013

Speaking at an IPPR North event in Manchester, Leanne Wood, Leader of Plaid Cymru, gave a rare speech outside of Wales. The focus of her speech was rebalancing economic and political power, with Leanne proclaiming that Plaid would work with activists in England who wanted to redress the balance of power. She called for a new, progressive party of the left in England which could provide an alternative voice to the current mainstream parties.

Responding to Leanne’s speech, Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North, addressed some of the specific challenges facing the North of England. Drawing on recommendations from the Northern Economic Futures Commission, he focused on the economic argument for rebalancing Britain.

Read more: Leanne blogged about her speech for the Huffington Post

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2030: Switching on to the future of energy in Europe, with Caroline Flint

'Positive messages about Europe' from IPPR's Energy 2030 conference

25 Jun 2013

Excellence and equity: tackling educational disadvantage in England’s secondary schools

Launching 'Excellence and equity'

25 Jun 2013

'Education is the driver of every nation's economic prosperity.'
– Dylan Wiliam, professor emeritus, Institute of Education, LSE

On 19 June, IPPR launched Excellence and equity, a major edited collection of essays by education thinkers and practitioners, focused on closing the attainment gap in schools and maximising the economic and life-course benefits of education for all children.

 

Dylan Wiliam, David Laws speak at the launch of 'Excellence and equity'


Beyond Irregularity: Finding effective policy solutions to irregular migration through transnational cooperation

Event review: Brussels conference

20 Jun 2013

Last Friday 14 June, IPPR held an event with five international partners: PICUM (Belgium), the University of Sussex (UK), dRPC (Nigeria), CCME (Morocco) and Eaves (UK) at the European Commission in Brussels. The event brought together participants from across Europe and Africa in order to discuss the major issues caused by irregular migration for countries north and south of the Mediterranean, to hear the latest research and good practice, and to plot a way forward in this challenging and highly politicised area.

Beyond Irregularity, Brussels conferenceThe event featured speakers from across sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and Europe. Presenters included the Moroccan ambassador to the EU, representatives from the European Commission departments of Home Affairs, Justice and Development and Cooperation, and representatives from NGOs, trade unions and governmental organisations from Morocco, Nigeria, Kenya, Geneva, Brussels France, Spain and the UK. Download the conference programme.

IPPR's Myriam Cherti at the Brussels conferencePresenters discussed the shortcomings of current EU responses to preventing irregular migration. While Europe has stepped up efforts to strengthen its borders through stopping most legal migration from sub-Saharan African countries the numbers of clandestine entrants and overstayers is not going down. They also shared experiences of the wider humanitarian implications of this security approach including a growing group of sub-Saharan migrants ‘stuck’ in north Africa unable to get to Europe or to return to their country of origin and without access to basic services, irregular migrants in Europe experiencing exploitation and abuse yet having limited recourse to safety and migrants who have been apprehended and removed experiencing destitution and hardship on return to their country of origin.

IPPR's Jenny Pennington at the Brussels conferenceDelegates also discussed the findings and conclusions from new IPPR field research conducted in Morocco, Nigeria and the UK. This research explores these current problems, identifies ways to support countries to prevent and manage irregular migration while resolving human rights concerns and sets out recommendations for a new approach to addressing irregular migration. Further information about the discussions, presentations and conclusions that were reached through the conference as well as interviews with key speakers will be made available on IPPR’s website shortly.

More photos from the event are available on PICUM's Flickr page.

If you would like to find out more about this work, receive conference updates and materials or would like to speak about opportunities for future activities please contact j.pennington@ippr.org


Beyond Irregularity: Finding effective policy solutions to irregular migration through transnational cooperation

Out now: French-language editions of new Morocco reports

13 Jun 2013

Ahead of Beyond Irregularity conferences in Belgium and Morocco in June, we have published French-language editions of the final two reports in the Beyond Irregularity series, focusing on transit and returns in Morocco. English-language editions will be published in the summer.


The Future for Regional Banks

High profile speakers at regional banking event

10 Jun 2013

On the 7 June 2013, IPPR North held an event at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead to explore future possibilities for regional banks. This event was held in collaboration with the Financial Services Forum, the Financial Services Outsourcing and the North East LEP, and featured high profile speakers including: Greg Clark, Financial Secretary to the Treasury; Anthony Thomson, Founder and former chairman, Metro Bank; Dr Thomas Keidel, Director and Head of Financial Market Relations, Deutcher Sparkassen; and Victoria Raffe, Director, Authorisations, Financial Conduct Authority.

Giving his keynote address at the event, Greg Clark said:

‘The more time I spend working in the financial sector the more it becomes apparent to me that there are actually a number of similarities between how UK banking has evolved and how decisions on the UK economy have become increasingly London based over the last thirty years – neither development has left regions like the North East better off.’


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The Road Back to Full Employment: Keynote speech by Liam Byrne

Liam Byrne speech in Newcastle

17 May 2013

Speaking at an IPPR North event in Newcastle on Thursday 16 May, Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, laid out his vision for rebuilding Britain as a country of full employment. He looked back on the white paper for full employment, for which it will be the 70th anniversary next year, and said that it is time for new big plans for growth and jobs.

You can view the speech in full here

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'Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy' with William H. Janeway

Event review: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy with Bill Janeway

01 Mar 2013

This week IPPR hosted the launch of Bill Janeway's book 'Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy'. He was joined at the event by Brigitte Andersen, Big Innovation Centre, Stian Westlake, Nesta, and IPPR visiting fellow Marc Stears to discuss the effects of efficiency and austerity on innovation, and what the role of the state must be to ensure future innovation.

 


'Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy' with William H. Janeway

New video: Bill Janeway on the effects of efficiency and austerity on the innovation economy

01 Mar 2013

Revitalising ‘social Europe’ with Commissioner László Andor, Frances O’Grady, TUC and Neil Carberry, CBI

European Commissioner László Andor on revitalising 'social Europe'

26 Feb 2013

Revitalising ‘social Europe’ with Commissioner László Andor, Frances O’Grady, TUC and Neil Carberry, CBI

Keynote speech: Revitalising ‘social Europe’ with Commissioner László Andor

26 Feb 2013

IPPR welcomed László Andor, European commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, who delivered a keynote speech on the topic 'Living standards in Europe and the importance of social investment'.

Click here to read the full speech.

Cafe Politique: Africa's new populist politics

Miles Larmer podcast now available

21 Feb 2013

Speaking at an IPPR North Cafe Politique event in Newcastle, Miles Larmer, Senior Lecturer in International History, Sheffield University spoke on the current status and development of Africa.

If you missed the event, or would like to listen again, a podcast of Miles speaking at this event is now available.

To listen to the podcast in full, please use the following link.


Cafe politique: The north-south divide - myth or reality?

Paul Callaghan on the North-South divide

01 Feb 2013

Speaking at an IPPR North Cafe Politique event in Newcastle, Paul Callaghan, local business leader and Northern Economic Futures Commissioner, addressed the notion of the North-South divide and explored the potential currently held in the north.

If you missed the event, or would like to listen again, a podcast of Paul speaking at this event is now available.

To listen to the podcast in full, please use the following link.


A Voice for the Northern Economy

Rachel Reeves speech on the northern economy

31 Jan 2013

In a speech to IPPR North on Monday 28 January, Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, gave her views on the Northern Economy and stressed the importance for rebalancing.

Throughout her speech she made reference to the work of IPPR North and paid tribute to the recent final report from the Northern Economic Futures Commission, which sets out a long strategy for economic growth across the North of England.

Speaking at the event, she said:

‘As IPPR North have highlighted, the Northern economy has huge potential.’

‘Britain’s success as a country depends on getting the economy of the North moving. As the IPPR has rightly stressed, Northern prosperity is not an optional element or extra to our national prosperity Northern prosperity is national prosperity.’

To view the speech in full, please use the following link.


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Oxford Media Convention 2013

Event review: Vaizey, Harman lead keynote speakers at #OMC2013

23 Jan 2013

Communications minister Ed Vaizey delivered a keynote speech at the Oxford Media Convention, 23 January 2013.

Looking ahead to the forthcoming communications review white paper, which is being prepared separately to discussions about the implications of the Leveson report, Vaizey said:

'People have told us that, for the most part, our regulatory framework is working. The way forward is evolution rather than revolution.

'We need a regime that is responsive and flexible enough to regulate a fast paced environment. We need these industries to continue to innovate, to show leadership and to take responsibility.

'This will give us a framework that is able to support growth and support the people of the UK in an increasingly interconnected world. This means the best infrastructure, world leading content and consumer confidence.'

 In the afternoon session, shadow culture secretary Harriet Harman spoke about the political landscape post-Leveson, calling for the rate of change to accelerate.

'We still need to tackle the longstanding problems of wrongdoing in the press.

'We still need to support the BBC, one of our most important national institutions.

'We still need a strong DCMS. The department must not be weakened: if anything, its voice needs to be even stronger at the cabinet table.'

Visit our Facebook page for a selection of images from OMC 2013.



The Carbon Crunch: How we’re getting climate change wrong and how to fix it

Dieter Helm and Baroness Worthington on how to tackle climate change

16 Jan 2013

This week IPPR welcomed Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy, University of Oxford and the author of The Carbon Crunch: How we’re getting climate change wrong and how to fix it and Baroness Bryony Worthington who came together to debate the most effective way to tackle climate change. Click here to find out more about IPPR's work in this area.

Professor Dieter Helm's full presentation is available to download here.

The Carbon Crunch: Dieter Helm and Baroness Worthington on how to tackle climate change


Why have labour markets turned against young people?

Event review: FES-IPPR policy roundtable on youth unemployment

18 Dec 2012

IPPR hosted a roundtable discussion on youth unemployment, showcasing new work by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on youth unemployment in Europe, as well as expert case studies on Germany, Spain, the Scandinavian countries and the UK.


Click here to download the full report from the event.


No place to call home: The social impacts of housing undersupply on young people

No place to call home: the social impacts of Britain's housing crisis on young people

14 Dec 2012

Heading for the Brexit? Keynote speech from Emma Reynolds MP on Britain’s relationship with the EU

Keynote speech: Britain’s relationship with the EU

13 Dec 2012

Keynote speech 'Britain’s relationship with the EU' by Emma Reynolds MP, shadow Europe minister

Tuesday 11 December 2012

IPPR, 14 Buckingham Street, London, WC2N 6DF

Introduction

I would like to start by saying thank you to the IPPR for hosting this event, to the Institute of European Democrats for supporting the event, to Francesco Ruttelli for travelling to London to be with us and also to Vernon Bogdanor for his forthcoming response.

I would like to congratulate Nick and Will on an interesting report. I agree with the overall conclusions of the report and many of its recommendations, although as ever there are areas where we do disagree.


Heading for the Brexit? Keynote speech from Emma Reynolds MP on Britain’s relationship with the EU

New video: Views on Europe

12 Dec 2012

Emma Reynolds MP, shadow minister for Europe; Vernon Bogdanor, professor at King's College London and fellow at Brasenose College Oxford; and Francesco Rutelli, Italian politician, discuss the possibility of a Brexit and public opinion on holding a referendum on Europe.

They present some of the case for why Britain should stay in the EU, and why calls for a referendum in this parliament are premature.

Emma Reynolds, Vernon Bogdanor and Francesco Rutelli on the prospects of a Brexit


Business growth in the north of England: IPPR North conference

Unleasing northern business potential

05 Dec 2012

IPPR North brought together a range of leading experts at a high profile conference, supported by the Federation of Small Businesses and Leeds City Council, to explore the latest developments in government policy to support business growth in the North of England. The event featured a keynote speech from Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Other prominent speakers included: Mike Cherry, FSB Policy Chairman; Catherine McKinnell, Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury; and Geoff Muirhead, Chair of the Northern Economic Futures Commission. The conference saw the launch of the final report from the Northern Economic Futures Commission, which sets out a long term strategy for economic growth in the North of England.

Views on achieving economic recovery in the North


London Conference 2012 - a conversation on jobs, growth and urban renewal after the Olympics

Event review: London Conference 2012

03 Dec 2012

It has been described as a ‘Davos for London', and this year’s second annual London Conference again brought together a raft of leading politicians, business people, academics, community leaders and others at the Southbank Centre.

London mayor Boris Johnson, who was on a trip to India, sent a goodwill message, declaring that:

'The London Conference is an amazing opportunity to share your thinking with us. Any ideas that emerge from your discussions will be a welcome addition to our thinking around 2020 Vision, my blueprint for London's future.'

Three of London’s deputy mayors spoke at the conference, Richard Blakeway, Muniria Mirza and Isabel Dedring, along with transport minister Norman Baker, London’s transport chief Peter Hendry and many others A full list of the programme can be found here.

Some of the highlights of the day were captured on video

In the opening session, against the spectacular backdrop of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, Charlie Leadbeater, author and leading thinker on innovation and creativity, discussed the tug-of-war between empathy and systems in cities around the world, and the lessons for London in trying to create a high-system, high-empathy community.

Over lunchtime, delegates enjoyed a discussion between two giants of London politics and planning, Lord Michael Heseltine and Lord Richard Rogers. Although both men are now 79, chair Tony Travers, asked them what they would do if they were mayor of London – and neither was short on ideas.

In a session on what London and New York could learn from each other on infrastructure and transport planning, the NYC planning chief Amanda Burden gave an illuminating presentation about the Big Apple's big plans.

The closing session of the conference was an inspiring speech by the world-leading urbanist Richard Florida, whose ideas about the creative classes have done so much to shape thinking about how cities thrive and survive.

London Conference is produced by IPPR and the Centre for London.

We would like to thank all the sponsors and supporters of the event:

  • McKinsey and Company
  • Trust for London
  • Mace
  • Southbank Centre
  • Heathrow
  • CH2M Hill
  • London Evening Standard
  • UBM Future Cities
  • London Communications Agency
  • London Funders
  • NLA
  • London Community Foundation
  • LSE Cities
  • London Chamber of Commerce
  • London First
  • London Loves Business

Charlie Leadbeater on cities, systems and empathy, #LonConf 2012

Michael Heseltine and Richard Rogers on the London mayoralty, #LonConf 2012

Amanda Burden on public spaces, #LonConf 2012

Richard Florida on cities and the creative classes, #LonConf 2012


IPPR at party conferences 2012

We need more homes: Nick Boles talks to IPPR

11 Oct 2012

IPPR at party conferences 2012

Juncture debate: Jon Cruddas MP in conversation with James Purnell

04 Oct 2012

Jon Cruddas speaks to James Purnell at Juncture's Labour conference fringe event.

Cruddas argues that the only times Labour has won elections when the Conservatives were in power were times when the party was able contest the 'national story' with emotionally driven policies, and win.

He says that there are three facets to rebuilding Britain: rebuilding the economy, rebuilding society, and rebuilding politics.

Jon Cruddas in conversation with James Purnell


IPPR at party conferences 2012

Labour in the North: past, present, future

04 Oct 2012

IPPR North were delighted to host the fringe event Labour in the North: past , present, future at the Labour Party Conference 2012. This packed out event took place at the People's History Museum in Manchester, which derives its origin from the Trade Union, Labour and Co-operative History Society and acted as the perfect setting to explore the Labour Party’s historical and future positions in the North of England.The event featured insightful and stimulating contributions from Tony Benn, Tristram Hunt MP and Owen Jones. This was followed by a lively discussion with members of the audience.


To view additional photos from this event please visit the IPPR North Facebook page.


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Rachel Reeves MP at IPPR North Labour conference fringe event

04 Oct 2012

IPPR at party conferences 2012

Rachel Reeves MP at Northern Economic Futures Commission briefing

04 Oct 2012

Rachel Reeves speaks on the panel at IPPR North's Labour party conference fringe event for the Northern Economic Futures Commission.

She says that plans for a British Investment Bank, whether from IPPR, Vince Cable, or the Labour party, are an important part of the solution for the northern economy.

IPPR at party conferences 2012

'Public philosophy': Michael Sandel and Nick Pearce in conversation

02 Oct 2012

We need "to draw a distinction between the market economy as a tool and the market society as a way of life", says Michael Sandel, Harvard-based political philosopher, in conversation with Nick Pearce, director of IPPR. In this public discussion, filmed at the Labour party conference in Manchester, Sandel touches on a number of themes that are vital to understanding and advancing the political left today.

Michael Sandel on public consensus, moral argument and challenging the market model


IPPR at party conferences 2012

Taking the pulse at the Liberal Democrat party conference

26 Sep 2012

IPPR spoke to two high-profile Lib Dems, Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander and Baroness Shirley Williams, about their views on their party's direction within government and prospects for future success.

IPPR asks Danny Alexander whether the Lib Dems are taking the right path in government

Shirley Williams talks to IPPR about Lib-Dem plans for economic recovery


Parliamentary reception hosted by Rachel Reeves: Northern prosperity is national prosperity

Key messages from NEFC parliamentary reception

20 Jul 2012

The Northern Economic Futures Commission Parliamentary Reception was an opportunity to showcase the interim report of the commission, published earlier this year, with a southern audience. With its strong message that Northern prosperity is national prosperity and its self-confident tone the report received a warm reception from the large gathering.

Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, offered the first response, reminding people of the on-going risks posed by the North remaining in recession and the very limited impact to date of City Deals and the Regional Growth Fund. She advocated a strong industrial strategy and a British Investment Bank pointing to the successes of the automotive sector as examples of where good government – private sector relationships over the long-term can reap substantial benefits.

Francis O’Grady, soon-to-be General Secretary of the TUC, celebrated the talent of the people of the North as being its principle asset but highlighted the growing gap in unemployment rates between North and South and the particular problems of female underemployment. She called for a new kind of Northern economy with investment for jobs and growth, reform to the banking industry and a radical transformation in the nature of corporate governance giving greater rights to workers.

Vince Cable, Business Secretary, also welcomed the report and especially the wake-up call it offered about its significant size and contribution to the UK economy. He highlighted the positive signs shown in Northern export and manufacturing figures and the recent boost signalled by the week’s announcements about transport spending. He also argued that City Deals represented a first step for a growing decentralisation of economic development policy and – when challenged by Rachel Reeves – spelt out his personal misgivings about regional or local pay for public sector workers.

Following interventions from 3 Commissioners who were present, the subsequent debate considered the importance of independent financial capacity in the North; the role of housing in driving economic development; seizing upon the natural assets the North has to drive a low carbon economy; and strengthening Northern voice and leadership.

 

To view additional photos from the event, please visit the IPPR North Facebook page.

 

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Debating the new politics of disadvantage with Kate Green, shadow minister for equalities

Event update: Debating the new politics of disadvantage

18 Jul 2012

On the 11 July IPPR hosted an event with LankellyChase on how we can build a new political agenda for the most disadvantaged in society. The event previews the release of a report written by IPPR for LankellyChase that charts some possible ways towards a strong and stable agenda in this area.

IPPR director Nick Pearce delivered a keynote speech that explored the role of politics and political discourse on policymaking for people experiencing severe and multiple disadvantages across the last fifteen years as well as drew out lessons from this for the future. Kate Green MP, shadow equalities minister, David Burrowes MP and David Hall-Matthews discussed how we need to move this agenda forward as well as debated. The event was attended by over 100 delegates from across the social policy field.

A podcast of the event is available below as well as videos with speakers and delegates.

For further information about the event or our wider work in this area please contact Clare McNeil.

Kate Green MP tells IPPR what should be done to address inequality

Conservative MP David Burrowes on what we need to do to help the most disadvantaged in society

David Hall-Matthews tells IPPR more money should be spent on early years

Terry Murtagh from Revolving Doors tells IPPR why services need to come together

Full audio: The new politics of disadvantage


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Who polices the commissioners? Making Police and Crime Commissioners work for your place

Police and Crime Commissioners, hopes and concerns

28 Jun 2012

Speaking at a packed-out IPPR North and Capita fringe event at the LGA annual conference, Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, and Ian Loader, Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Crimonology at the University of Oxford, explained what impact the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners will make and what is to be done in preparation. They outlined, and discussed with delegates at the conference, the perceived benefits of the new system along with current concerns.

Ian Loader on Police and Crime Commissioners

Joanne Roney on what West Yorkshire is doing in preparation for Police and Crime Commissioners


Keynote speech by Chuka Umunna MP: The role of higher education in our economic future

Chuka Umunna on higher ambitions

12 Jun 2012

Speaking to a packed room at IPPR's London offices, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna outlined Labour's plans for reforming the British economy and the crucial role of universities and other higher and further education institutions in fulfilling those plans. Referring back to Ed Miliband's plans for a more responsible capitalism, Umunna outlined three aspects of higher education's roll in economic growth:


Chuka Umunna speaks to IPPR on the role of higher education in our economic future


Ideas on the 3rd Floor: Shattered - Modern Motherhood and the Illusion of Equality

The challenges of modern motherhood

04 May 2012

We live in a time of equality, and yet when women have children they often find that these illusions of equality are shattered. Speaking at an IPPR North 'Ideas on the 3rd floor' event, Rebecca Asher talked about these issues which are outlined in her published book.She called for a model of family life fit for modern times.

Rebecca Asher outlines key messages from her book


The Race to the White House: an insider's perspective by John Podesta

New video: The race to the White House

26 Apr 2012

The central issue of the 2012 presidential race for The White House between Obama and Romney will be the direction of the economy says John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff. He believes that Obama 'has a structural lead but Romney is a plausible candidate'.

John Podesta spoke to IPPR following a discussion and Q&A on the American election with Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief of staff in front of an 80 strong audience at IPPR's London office.

John Podesta on the race to The White House


Rights, Wrongs & Responsibilities: Citizenship and Social Policy - A lecture by Malcolm Wicks

Malcolm Wicks outlines a vision for a 21st-century social welfare system

24 Apr 2012

At an event held at the House of Commons on 24 April 2012, the former pensions minister Malcolm Wicks delivered an IPPR lecture on the state of the social security system.

Wicks argued strongly that in order to restore trust in the system – which remains vital in promoting a more equal, cohesive and aspirational society – a new balance between rights and responsibilities needs to be struck. Key to this is a revival of the contributory principle that underpinned the founding Beveridge settlement.

There were responses from the former education and work and pensions secretary David Blunkett and fellow Labour MP Frank Field, who discussed how politicians on the left and anti-poverty organisations struggled to come up with strategies which combined providing a decent ‘safety net’ for those in need with meeting the wider public’s concern about welfare dependency and abuse. The event was chaired by the IPPR chair James Purnell. 

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Mayoral Referendum Debate: do our cities need their own Boris?

Should Newcastle have an elected mayor?

20 Apr 2012

Speaking at a mayoral referendum debate in Newcastle organised by IPPR North, Lord John Shipley and Lord Jeremy Beecham went head to head and laid out the opposing sides of debate. Lord Shipley argued that the introduction of elected mayors would be of benefit to Newcastle, bringing a stronger sense of leadership. Lord Beecham disagreed, arguing that a good Leader of the Council can perform the role of a mayor just as effectively if not better.

Lord Shipley and Lord Beecham on whether Newcastle should have an elected mayor


Borderland: Assessing the implications of greater Scottish autonomy for the North of England

Scottish independence, the benefits for the North of England

26 Mar 2012

The changing nature of Scotland's relationship with the Union has dominated public debate in recent months. To explore the implications, IPPR North hosted a seminar as part of their research project looking at how greater Scottish autonomy could impact the North of England. Professor of Government at Glasgow University Jim Gallagher outlines here how the North of England could benefit.

Jim Gallagher on how Scottish independence could be good for the North of England


Keynote speech by Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health

New video: Diane Abbott on the public health bill

05 Mar 2012

In her speech on public health and children’s health, Diane Abbott, shadow minister for public health, argued that the government should be working with businesses and not letting them 'drive the public health agenda'. Abbott also spoke about Labour's agenda on children's health, arguing that it is 'the test of any public health bill'.

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The test of any public health bill is children's health, argues Diane Abbott


The Eurozone Crisis: a US Perspective with Rob Shapiro

New video: Rob Shapiro on the eurozone

29 Feb 2012

Rob Shapiro, Bill Clinton’s former under secretary of commerce for economic affairs, discussed the lessons learnt from the Argentine default of 2002 and how they can be used to help boost the eurozone's economy. He argued that there are 'two fundamental things to avoid a default' in the eurozone: first, a credible commitment to 'the basic principles of a monetary fund', and secondly 'to intensify competition and to lower the barriers for people creating new businesses'.

Rob Shapiro on the lessons learnt from the Argentine default of 2002


Keynote speech by Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People

Liz Kendall at IPPR, 23 February 2012

23 Feb 2012

Download a full transcript of the keynote social care reform speech made by Liz Kendall at IPPR, 23 February 2012.

Reforming social care is vital for the future sustainability of public finances argues Liz Kendall


The ‘democratic deficit’ and reform of the EU’s machinery with Jack Straw

Jack Straw on the EU's crisis of legitimacy

22 Feb 2012

Former foreign secretary Jack Straw argues for scrapping the European parliament in its current form, among several ideas he put forward for tackling the EU's crisis of legitimacy.

Jack Straw believes that the directly elected EU parliament should be abolished


Keynote speech by Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Rachel Reeves at IPPR, 21 February 2012

21 Feb 2012

Download a full transcript of the keynote economy speech delivered by Rachel Reeves, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, at IPPR, 21 February 2012.

Rachel Reeves argues that Labour needs to regain economic credibility


The Regional Impact of Universities: Report launch and panel discussion

Launching 'Beyond bricks and mortar boards': full video

21 Feb 2012

Inspiring Innovations to Tackle 21st Century Challenges: a Creative Councils Learning Exchange

Download presentations from NESTA workshop

14 Feb 2012

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20 years of talking: Have the global climate negotiations achieved anything?

Michael Zammit-Cutajar on the achievements of global climate negotiations

10 Feb 2012

Following his speech at IPPR, Michael Zammit-Cutajar, former UNFCCC secretary, explains how there has been a huge swing in which countries are the leaders in total carbon emissions: 10 years ago it was the US; now China is on par with the US in total carbon emissions and is 'shaping the game'.

Michael Zammit-Cutajar on how China and the US are leading the way on carbon emissions


The third wave of globalisation: Achieving sustainable and broad-based growth in the global economy

Highlights video: 'The third wave of globalisation' UK launch

10 Feb 2012

'The third wave of globalisation' UK launch was held at Standard Chartered on 7 January 2012. Lord Mandelson was joined on the panel by Gerard Lyons, chief economist at Standard Chartered, IPPR's Will Straw and chair Nick Pearce, also of IPPR.

Lyons highlighted that 'the world economy has grown by 14 per cent, some of this is inflation [but the] majority has been economic growth lead by China and by the so-called emerging economies' like India and Indonesia. Lord Mandelson followed this by saying that 'it's not a North Atlantic show anymore'. Lord Mandelson also mentioned that Europe’s social model 'needs to be reformed to reflect the way that the world and Europe have changed over the past 60 years'.

The UK launch of 'The third wave of globalisation'


The dog that finally barked: The new politics of Englishness

New video: John Denham on the growing sense of Englishness

30 Jan 2012

Labour MP John Denham spoke to IPPR following the launch of our report on English identity and governance, The dog that finally barked. He argues that there is a 'growing number of English people who feel ... they are being treated unfairly, which is driving this sense of increased Englishness', and says that there 'needs to be an English dimension to decision-making which will bring far more decisions far closer to far more people'.

John Denham calls for a 'radical devolution of decision-making' in England


Oxford Media Convention 2012: What future faces Britain's creative industries?

New Video: Harriet Harman calls for a 'free press that's not at the whim of politicians'

26 Jan 2012

Harriet Harman argues that the press should 'come forward with a proposal' to deliver the important principles instead of 'waiting for Leveson to make recommendations and the outcome being imposed on them'.

Harriet Harman argues that the media need to bring 'something that works not hot air' to the table


Oxford Media Convention 2012: What future faces Britain's creative industries?

New video: Ed Vaizey argues that 'regulation in the media is a good thing'

26 Jan 2012

Ed Vaizey debates the issue of regulation of the media saying that 'regulation is a good thing but we tend to see it as a bad word and that if you regulate it's a burden on business'. He then goes on to say that certain areas 'should not be regulated ... to allow the market to innovate'.

Important not to regulate where possible to allow for innovation in the industry says Ed Vaizey


Oxford Media Convention 2012: What future faces Britain's creative industries?

New video: Lord Patten discusses 'delivering quality first'

26 Jan 2012

Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, the chair of the BBC Trust Lord Patten said the trust had asked BBC management to rethink plans for cuts to local and regional TV and radio services, following the public consultation in 2011, at a cost of £10 million.

BBC Trust chair announces pullback on cuts to local radio and TV


Gender justice, society and the state

Gender justice, society and the state

26 Dec 2011

IPPR in partnership with the Fabian Women’s Network and the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies welcomed Anne Phillips, Beatrix Campbell and Hilary Wainwright to discuss the question of have we reached the limits of the state in advancing gender justice? and also welcomed Jonathan Rutherford, Clare Chambers and Rahila Gupta to debate Neo-liberalism and gender justice.

The event brought together different generations and schools of thought to debate how the centre-left should approach gender justice.

Beatrix Campbell: Women can never do without state welfarism

Hilary Wainwright calls for the democratisation of the state


London Policy Conference: Thinking for the Capital

What is 'total policing'?

21 Dec 2011

Bernard Hogan-Howe announced in his keynote speech at the London Policy Conference his aims as the Metropolitan Police commissioner were to 'cut crime, cut cost and continue to develop the culture of the Met' and he 'will offer to the Met in terms of values: humility, integrity and transparency'. Hogan-Howe will be policing London using a method called 'total policing', by which he means 'that with 53,000 people we can create a greater impact as a team ... it's about making a team ethos'.

Since becoming the Metropolitan Police commissioner he has pushed two main tactics 'around uninsured drivers and around exercising warrants right across London for drug dealing'. According to the commissioner, '80 per cent of the people that have uninsured vehicles are criminals, 60 per cent of that are active'.

Bernard Hogan-Howe discusses his two main tactics for cutting crime in London


London Policy Conference: Thinking for the Capital

Ken Livingstone: Addressing London's housing crises

19 Dec 2011

2012 mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone used his keynote speech at the inaugural London Policy Conference to put forward his policy ideas for easing London's particular housing crises, including a 'London living rent', which would cap rents at one-third of household income, and a citywide non-profit lettings agency to 'put good tenants in touch with good landlords'.

Ken Livingstone launches 'London living rent' campaign


Staving off collapse: where next for the eurozone?

Seminar: Staving off collapse

14 Dec 2011

IPPR welcomed shadow Europe minister Emma Reynolds, EC director Jonathan Faull and chairman of business for New Europe Roland Rudd to speak in the wake of a momentous week for Europe and the UK's relationship with the continent.

Emma Reynolds talks to IPPR about the European Council summit


More than GDP? What should the aims and objectives of a new era economy be?

David Lammy: Is GDP the best measure of the success of our economy?

28 Nov 2011

As part of IPPR’s New Era Economics, David Lammy, the Tottenham MP visited IPPR to discuss whether GDP is still the best measure of the success of our economy.

David Lammy on whether GDP is still the best measure of the success of the economy


Keynote speech on the economy by the Rt Hon Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband delivers keynote speech

24 Nov 2011

In a major speech, the leader of the opposition argued that there is an alternative to the current government's approach of managed austerity, instead focusing on economic growth to stave off future deficit challenges.

Read a transcript of Ed Miliband's speech

Ed Miliband on the economy: 'There is another way'


The UK and Europe: Why do the eurosceptics keep on winning?

Why do the eurosceptics keep on winning?

31 Oct 2011

MPs Douglas Alexander and Douglas Carswell, from opposite sides of the house, alongside Ben Page of Ipsos-MORI and Olaf Cramme from the Policy Network, debated the apparent success of the eurosceptic agenda in British political and public life in the first of IPPR's seminars on the future of the European project.

Grand design for Europe has been disastrous, says Carswell

Douglas Alexander says EU has failed to make an emotional connection with British people


Reforming finance for a new era economy

Seminar note: Reforming finance

27 Oct 2011

As part of its New Era Economics programme, IPPR held a seminar on reforming finance for a new era economy. This seminar explored the extent to which ‘rebalancing’ the economy away from financial services is possible and desirable, and what regulatory measures are needed to prevent future banking crises, while ensuring the sector remains competitive.


Is there a role for Industrial Policy in a New Era Economy?

Ha-Joon Chang on industrial policy

12 Oct 2011

Leading Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang talked to an audience at IPPR about why a new industrial policy is so essential to kick-start recovery and help rebalance the UK economy.

Leading Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang talks industrial policy


IPPR at Party Conferences, 2011

Grant Shapps MP speaks at IPPR housing event during the 2011 Conservative Party Conference

04 Oct 2011

IPPR at Party Conferences, 2011

Matthew Hancock MP speaks during the IPPR economy event at the Conservative Party Conference

04 Oct 2011

IPPR at Party Conferences, 2011

Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, talks to IPPR

26 Sep 2011

IPPR at Party Conferences, 2011

David Lammy MP on jobs and skills for a new generation

26 Sep 2011

IPPR at Party Conferences, 2011

Evan Harris talks to IPPR at Liberal Democrat Conference

20 Sep 2011

IPPR at Party Conferences, 2011

Andrew Stunell MP speaks at the IPPR event, 2020 vision: Housing, during the Lib Dem Conference

19 Sep 2011

IPPR US West Coast Green Alliances learning exchange

West Coast field trip

29 Jun 2011

California has been at the vanguard of the green economy for decades and is home to many of the world’s leading clean-tech industries. IPPR recently took a group interested in green job creation to San Francisco to learn about how the state’s ambitious renewables targets and the efforts of business, investors and the Bay area’s vibrant and energetic civil society had helped to create employment opportunities.


Launch: Promoting Growth and Shared Prosperity in the UK

Event review: Growth and prosperity

09 May 2011

Promoting growth and shared prosperity launchTreasury secretary Danny Alexander and prominent economist Eric Beinhocker, chair of the programme’s advisory panel, joined with IPPR Chair of Trustees James Purnell to launch our new flagship project, 'Promoting growth and shared prosperity in the UK'.

James Purnell highlighted the importance of this project for IPPR, and reflected on how the debate around the economy has changed drastically since the financial crisis.

Danny Alexander outlined the government’s measures to promote growth, which include reducing the deficit and supporting business to lead the recovery. He warmly welcomed the new work launched by IPPR and said he ‘very much looked forward to see how the project develops in the months to come’. 

The chief secretary said he hoped the ideas that emerge from the project will help ‘to inform the government’s future decisions … so that we can get the best out of the private sector with growth that is balanced and sustainable, and shared more equally across the many regions of the UK.' He also confirmed that the next phase of the government’s ongoing Growth Review will report alongside the Autumn Statement and will identify new strategic sectors to bolster the recovery.

Eric Beinhocker, chair of the project's advisory panel, called for a step-change in our approach to growth. He said that the crisis presents an ‘historic opportunity’ to step back and ask at a fundamental level what kind of an economy we want for Britain and what Britain’s role is in an increasingly competitive world economy.

He described how the project will explore new engines of growth which will allow us to strengthen the recovery in the near future and deliver better economic opportunities and outcomes for generations to come. He ended by saying that ‘building future growth and shared prosperity will require a level of cooperation and strategic action that has not been seen in Britain since World War II.’

James Purnell on new economic thinking

Danny Alexander on economic recovery

Eric Beinhocker on promoting growth


Who runs the police?

Event review: Police Commissioners and accountability

21 Apr 2011

Nick Herbert, minister for policing and criminal justice, set out the need for reform and explained how the new Police and Crime Commissioners would enhance the democratic accountability of policing.

Read a transcript of Nick Herbert's speech.

Nick Herbert on Police Commissioners


The Shape of the New Politics – Keynote speech by Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP

Event review: AV and 'the new politics'

21 Apr 2011

Nick CleggDeputy prime minister Nick Clegg spoke about the role that reform of our electoral system can have in changing our political culture and political system for good. In addition, he addressed the nature of British coalition politics, as the two parties in government enter the first set of elections since the general election.

Read a transcript of Nick Clegg's speech.

Nick Clegg on AV and the new politics


Rebalancing the UK Economy: Lessons from Germany

Event review: Lessons from Germany

14 Mar 2011

Wendy Carlin and Matthew Hancock led a New Era Economics seminar at IPPR on rebalancing the UK economy and lessons to be learnt from Germany's economic recovery.

Wendy Carlin on rebalancing the economy


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Matthew Hancock on rebalancing the economy


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Q&A on rebalancing the economy


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Making a new case for Globalisation, with Lord Mandelson

Event review: Globalisation

11 Mar 2011

Peter MandelsonThis event marked the launch of a major new project by IPPR on the future of globalisation. Lord Mandelson considered the policy and political challenges posed by globalisation for countries like the UK, the prospects for the WTO and other global economic institutions, and the task facing the centre-left in defining a new agenda for globalisation in the coming decades.

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Media

Lord Mandelson on BBC's Newsnight, 10 March 2011
'Mandelson Reveals UK's £27bn Export Gap', Sky News, 11 March 2011
'Lord Mandelson: Exports could hit £27bn', Evening Standard, 11 March 2011
'Mandelson, Unions and Globalisation', Tim Page on TUC Touchstone blog, 11 March 2011

Lord Mandelson on globalisation


What is government's role in promoting growth?

Event review: Government and growth

28 Feb 2011

Government and growthMartin Wolf of the Financial Times, UCL's Wendy Carlin and Gerald Holtham, managing partner of Cadwyn Capital launched Going for Growth, alongside Will Straw, the book's editor and IPPR associate director.

Martin Wolf, Wendy Carlin and Gerald Holtham on government and growth


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Q&A on government and growth


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Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP on welfare reform

Event review: Byrne on welfare reform

09 Feb 2011

Liam Byrne told an audience at IPPR that the government's welfare reforms would fail key tests.

He said new welfare to work proposals could not succeed unless more was done to create jobs, and he said their changes would increase inequality and squeeze people on middle incomes.

Read a transcript of the speech.

Liam Byrne on the Coalition's welfare reforms


Keynote speech by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Event review: Welfare reform

07 Dec 2010

Iain Duncan SmithWork and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said that his reforms to get more people off welfare into work were not ‘wholly reliant’ on job creation, and would create a new contract.

Iain Duncan Smith on welfare reform


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Building a New Era Economy: Roles for Business and Policy

Event review: Building a new era economy

01 Dec 2010

Building a new era economyThis high-level conference featured a keynote speech from energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne and two discussion panels, focusing on business and policy for a new era economy.

Chris Huhne on building a new era economy


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Panel discussion: Business in a new economy


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Panel discussion: Policy for a new economy


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The Future of Higher Education with Rt Hon David Willetts MP

Event review: Higher education

30 Nov 2010

David WillettsUniversities minister David Willetts laid out the Coalition's position on tuition fees and the future of our universities, explaining that the proposed increases in tuition fees are part of a package of reforms to university funding which pass the test of being progressive.

David Willetts on the future of universities


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Panel discussion on the future of universities


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Lord Adonis on Public Service Reform

Event review: Public services reform

25 Nov 2010

Andrew AdonisReflecting on his time as a key architect of New Labour's approach to public service reform, Andrew Adonis pointed to some of Labour's successes – including the NHS and in state education – as well as its shortcomings, and offered six principles for successful reform.

Andrew Adonis on Labour's record of reform


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Q&A on public services reform


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Keynote speech by Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP on welfare and work

Event review: Labour on welfare

05 Nov 2010

Douglas AlexanderAhead of the publication of the government's white paper on welfare reform, Douglas Alexander gave his perspective on the Coalition’s approach and outlined the direction of Labour's new thinking on welfare and work.

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Douglas Alexander on welfare reform


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Q&A on Labour and welfare


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The Progressive Centre – can it work?

Event review: The progressive centre

21 Oct 2010

Chris HuhneIn a discussion panel event held at IPPR's London office, senior Liberal Democrat cabinet minister Chris Huhne joined with Daniel Finkelstein of The Times, IPPR's Nick Pearce and chair Nick Cohen of the Observer to discuss the Coalition's spending review and the future of coalition government.

Chris Huhne on progressivism and the Coalition


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Q&A on progressivism and the Coalition


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