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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 it's 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 

This event will take place via Zoom. Register and join the webinar 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 

This event will take place via Zoom. Register and join the webinar 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 

This event will take place via Zoom. Register and join the webinar 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 

This event will take place via Zoom. Register and join the webinar 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 

This event will take place via Zoom. Register and join the webinar 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: Delivering environmental justice
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 

This event will take place via Zoom. Register to receive joining instructions for the 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 the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission and Stonewater 

  • Lord Callanan, Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility (invited)
  • Alexander Stafford MP, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (invited)
  • Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation 
  • representative, Stonewater 

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

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

date and time tbc

Putting fairness and people at the heart of COP26 
Hosted by the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission

  • Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (invited)
  • Other speakers tbc

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

This event will take place online via Zoom. Register to receieve joining instructions 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 
  • Kate Andrews, Economic Correspondent, The Spectator 
  • Dia Chakravarty, Brexit Editor, The Telegraph (invited)

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 \ to be announced

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