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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR at Online Party Conferences 2020

This year IPPR will be holding a programme of virtual fringe events throughout the party conference season to discuss the policy issues and questions that dominate the political landscape.

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IPPR at Labour Connected \ 19 - 22 September 2020

Sunday 20th September, 14.30-16.00 

The road to No 10: How can the Labour Party rebuild its electoral coalition?
Hosted by IPPR  

  • Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers
  • Nadia Whittome MP 
  • Cllr Matt Kerr, Councillor, Glasgow City Council 
  • Paul Mason, New Statesman journalist; author and film-maker
  • James Morris, former Labour Party pollster

Chair: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR 

Watch the video of this event here.

Monday 21st September 12.30-14.00

A stronger future for our high streets: The role of local businesses after Covid-19 
Hosted by IPPR North and the Post Office 

  • Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Labour Candidate for Mayor of the West Midlands 
  • Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of the Labour Towns Group
  • Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change 
  • Richard Taylor, Group Corporate Affairs and Communications Director, Post Office 

Chair: Sarah Longlands, Director, IPPR North 

Watch the video of this event here.

Monday 21st September 14.30-16.00

Private roundtable: Net zero London: Challenges and opportunities 
Hosted IPPR and City of London Corporation

  • Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy 
  • Matthew Pennycook MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change   
  • Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation  

Chair: Luke Murphy, Head of the Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR 

Please note this event is by invitation only. For more details contact [email protected].

Monday 21st September, 17.00-18.00

In conversation with Anneliese Dodds MP 
Hosted by the IPPR Centre for Economic Justice

  • Anneliese Dodds MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 

Chair: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR 

Watch the video of this event here.

Tuesday 22nd September, 10.00-11.30

Decarbonising the electricity sector: Putting clean energy at the heart of the green recovery  
Hosted by the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission and EDF 

  • Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Co-Chair of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission 
  • Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary Northern, TUC  
  • Simone Rossi, Chief Executive Officer, EDF Energy 

 Chair: Luke Murphy, Head of the Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR 

Watch the video of this event here.

Tuesday 22nd September, 12.30-14.00

Care fit for carers: Protecting NHS and care workers during Covid-19 and beyond 
Hosted by the IPPR Better Health and Care Programme and the Royal College of Nursing

  • Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health  
  • Professor Dame Donna Kinnair DBE, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing
  • Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, Mind 
  • Chris Thomas, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR  

Chair: Harry Quilter-Pinner, Associate Director for Work and the Welfare State, IPPR 

Watch the video of this event here.

Wednesday 23rd September, 13.30-15.00

Private roundtable: Building the net zero energy workforce for a green economic recovery 
Hosted by the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission and National Grid 

  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister Green New Deal and Energy 
  • Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Co-Chair of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission
  • Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow Minister for Green Transport and Member of Net Zero APPG  
  • Sue Ferns, Deputy General Secretary, Prospect 
  • Alice Delahunty, Head of Network Optimisation, Electricity Transmission, National Grid 

Chair: Luke Murphy, Head of the Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR 

Please note this event is by invitation only. For more details contact [email protected].

Wednesday 23rd September, 16.00-17.30

The big ideas debate with Ed Miliband: Building a better, fairer and greener future
Hosted by the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission   

  • Scarlett Westbrook, UK Student Climate Network  
  • Adrienne Buller, Senior Research Fellow, Common Wealth 
  • Hywel Lloyd, Government Engagement, Active Building Centre 
  • Luke Murphy, Head of the Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR 
  • Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

Chair: Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Watch the video of this event here.

Friday 25th September, 10.00-11.30 

Private roundtable: Reducing problem debt 
IPPR and Lowell 

  • Debbie Abrahams MP
  • Jill Papworth, Guardian Money (invited) 
  • Phil Andrew, Chief Executive, Step Change Debt Charity  
  • John Pears, UK Managing Director, Lowell  

Chair: Sarah Longlands, Director, IPPR North

Please note this event is by invitation only. For more details contact [email protected].


IPPR at Conservative Conference \ 4-7 October

Monday 5th October, 15.00-16.00

Ratcheting up ambition on decarbonising our homes 
Hosted by IPPR and Stonewater 

  • Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP
  • Jessica Levy, Director of Communications, Federation of Master Builders 
  • Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation 
  • Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Stonewater 

Chair: Jonathan Webb, Research Fellow, IPPR 

This event will take place within the Conservative Party online conference. Register here

Wednesday 7th Oct, 09.00-10.30

Private roundtable: How should the post-Brexit immigration system adapt in response to the Coronavirus crisis?
Hosted by IPPR and RAMP (Refugee, Asylum and Migration Policy)

  • Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP
  • David Simmonds MP 
  • Kunle Olulode, Director, Voice4Change England
  • Kate Andrews, Economic Correspondent, The Spectator 

Chair: Marley Morris, Associate Director for Immigration, Trade and EU Relations, IPPR

Please note this event is by invitation only. For more details contact [email protected].

IPPR at SNP Conference \ 28-30 November

date tbc

How will Brexit affect Scotland’s chances of independence? 
Hosted by IPPR Scotland and the UK in a Changing Europe

  • Speakers tbc

    date tbc

    A stronger future for our high streets: The role of local businesses after Covid-19 
    Hosted by IPPR Scotland and the Post Office

    • Speakers tbc