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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

State of the North Conference

IPPR North’s key conference on the State of the North will take place on 22nd January 2020. The event will discuss IPPR North’s State of the North report - our annual health check on the Northern economy.

2019 has been eventful year for the region. As well as the 5 year anniversary of the Northern Powerhouse, 2019 has witnessed the election of a new metro Mayor in the North – Jamie Driscoll for the North of Tyne Combined Authority who will deliver a keynote speech at this event.

Our State of the North report will analyse the root cause of many of our country’s socio-economic problems, and our conference will see conversations about divisions and connections between our regions, and about the potential of radical Mayors.

This event is being hosted in collaboration with the North of Tyne Combined Authority. 


Arrivals, tea and coffee during which time attendees will be encouraged to contribute to an “ideas wall”
Welcome by Arianna Giovannini (IPPR North + chair for the day)
Reflections on State of the North report by Luke Raikes and Arianna Giovannini (IPPR North)
Keynote speech by Mayor Jamie Driscoll (North of Tyne Combined Authority)
Lunch break during which time attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the “ideas wall”
Keynote speech by Beth Farhat (TUC)
‘The Future of the North’: panel discussion and Q&A with:
  • Anand Menon (UK in a Changing Europe)
  • Carol Botten (VONNE)
  • Prof John Tomaney (UCL)
  • Laura Seebohm (Changing Lives)
  • Hannah Richmond (CBI)
Chaired by Luke Raikes using Slido
‘Question Time North: The Powers of Mayors’: Panel discussion and Q&A with:
  • Mayor Jamie Driscoll (NoTCA Mayor)
  • Jack Stocker (Representative from Youth Focus North East)
  • Prof Katy Shaw (Northumbria University)
  • James Mitchinson (Yorkshire Post)
  • Hannah Davies (NHSA)
Chaired by Sarah Longlands using Slido
Summary of the ideas wall and close by Arianna Giovannini / Sarah Longlands
Networking, tea and coffee

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