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IPPR at party conferences 2015

With the general election in the rearview mirror, this annual party conference season will reflect on a year of campaigning and change. IPPR will be at four party conferences, hosting a varied programme of events to discuss the policy issues and political questions the dominate the post-election landscape. Check back for details as they are confirmed.

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Liberal Democrats \ 19–23 September 2015, Bournemouth



Monday 21 September



13:00–14:00 \ Bournemouth International Centre, Avon

Where next for the Liberal Democrats?

Simon Hughes, former Minister of State for Justice and Liberties
Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR
Baroness Pinnock
Baroness Suttie
Baroness Williams
Mark Pack, Liberal Democrat commentator
Miranda Green, journalist and former Press Secretary to Paddy Ashdown (chair)



Tuesday 22 September



13:00–14:00 \ Bryanston Suite, Marriott Highcliff

Tackling poverty amidst austerity: is a cross-party consensus possible?​

Rt Hon Ed Davey
Tim Montgomerie, Conservative Home
Spencer Thompson, Senior Economic Analyst, IPPR
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lord Shipley (chair)




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Labour \ 27–30 September, Brighton



Sunday 27 September



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Churchill Room

The Future of the BBC

Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
James Heath, Director of Policy, BBC
Laura Mansfield, Chair, PACT
Steve Morrison, former Chairman, All3Media
Nigel Warner, Associate Fellow, IPPR (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Surrey Suite 1

Our children’s children: can we leave them a better economy?

Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Richard Howitt MEP
Angela Francis, Economist, Green Alliance
Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR
Stephanie Maier, Head of Responsible Investment Strategy and Research, Aviva Investors
Rafael Behr, columnist, the Guardian (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Stanmer Room

EU reform and referendum – what should In be and what could Out be

Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP, Shadow Minister for Europe
Peter Kellner, President, YouGov
Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs, British Chambers of Commerce
Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations Department, TUC
Stephen Booth, Co-Director, Open Europe
Jane Roberts, Trustee, IPPR (chair)



Monday 28 September



12:30–14:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Surrey Suite 1

'Full steam ahead' for the Northern Powerhouse: maximising the potential

Jon Trickett MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Tristram Hunt MP
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader, Sheffield City Council
Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North
Jennifer Williams, Social Affairs Editor, Manchester Evening News (chair)

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12:30–14:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Osborne Room

Pay cheque, payout or payday loan? The role of work, welfare and credit in supporting hardworking families

Anna Turley MP, Shadow Minister for Civil Society
Nicola Smith, Head of Economic and Social Affairs Department, TUC
Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Families and Work, IPPR
Mike O'Connor, Chief Executive, StepChange Debt Charity
Zoe Williams, columnist, the Guardian (chair)



13:00–14:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Gloucester Room

Roundtable: The future of retirement: Pension reform, transparency and advice (invitation only)

Julie Elliott MP
Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions
Josh Goodman, Director of Research, IPPR
Huw Evans, Director General, Association of British Insurers
Seth Williams, Assistant Director, Head of Public Affairs, Association of British Insurers (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Surrey Suite 1

The Great Business shake-up: how to disrupt markets and get a fairer deal for consumers

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP
Richard Lloyd, Executive Director, Which?
Patrick Robinson, Head of Public Policy, Airbnb
Anthony Thompson, Head of Public Affairs and Community Investment, TSB
Iain Wood, Public Affairs Manager, TalkTalk
Diana Fox Carney, Director of Strategy and Engagement, IPPR (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Churchill Room

More than homes – housing as a catalyst for change

Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Minister of State for Housing and Planning
Steve Reed MP, Shadow Devolution and Local Government Minister
Andy Hobart, Managing Director, Wates Living Space
Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR
Baroness Blackstone, Chair, Orbit Housing Group (chair)




Tuesday 29 September



10:15 –11:30 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Surrey Suite 1

Roundtable: Achieving a step change in Britain’s export performance (invitation only)

Michael Dugher MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport
Graham Cole, Chairman of AgustaWestland UK and chair of the Cole Commission on Exports
Paul Stanley, Director, International Market Development, MBDA
Diana Fox Carney, Director of Strategy and Engagement, IPPR (chair)



12:30–13:45 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Surrey Suite 1

Literacy and the economy: threat or opportunity?

Lucy Powell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Tristram Hunt MP
Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust
Jonathan Clifton, Associate Director for Public Services Reform, IPPR
Michelle Quest, Partner, KPMG
Diana Fox Carney, Director of Strategy and Engagement, IPPR (chair)



12:30:13:45 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Churchill Room

Escaping poverty in a cold fiscal climate

Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Councillor Jim McMahon, Leader of Oldham Council and Leader of the LGA Labour Group
Polly Toynbee, Columnist, the Guardian
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Families and Work, IPPR (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Surrey Suite 1

The Only Way is Exports: How to make Britain a world leader in trade

Stephen Doughty MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry
Graham Cole, Chairman of AgustaWestland UK and chair of the Cole Commission on Exports
Simon Moore, International Director, CBI
Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow
Diana Fox Carney, Director of Strategy and Engagement, IPPR (chair)

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17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Durham Hall – Argyle Room

Britain’s Got Talent – powering an inclusive Labour Market

Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Skills
Gary Smith, National Secretary, GMB
David Marsh, Head of Academies, British Gas
Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Families and Work, IPPR (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Mercure Seafront Hotel, Coast View 1

Putting nothing to waste: a cleaner, greener economy

Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
Councillor Gill Mitchell, Deputy Leader and Chair of Environment, Sustainability & Transport, Brighton & Hove City Council
Richard Swannell, Director of Sustainable Food Systems, WRAP
Charlotte Carroll, Director of Sustainable Business and Communications, Unilever UKI
Trewin Restorick, Chief Executive, Hubbub
Joss Garman, Associate Director for Climate Change, Energy and Transport, IPPR (chair)



17:30–19:00 \ Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Stanmer Room

Is the party over: what can Labour do to rebuild and renew itself?

Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP
Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Home Office Minister
Rt Hon John Denham, Director, Southern Policy Centre
John Curtice, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde
Mary Riddell, Columnist, the Telegraph
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR (chair)



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Conservative \ 4–7 October, Manchester



Sunday 4 October

17:45–19:00 \ Midland Hotel, Chester Suite

Putting the 'long term' in the long-term economic plan

Stephen Hammond MP, Treasury Select Committee
Angela Francis, Economist, Green Alliance
Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
Caroline Daniel, Editor, Weekend FT (chair)



17:45–19:00 \ Midland Hotel, Fairclough

What should the Conservative Party stand for in 2020?

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Leader of the House of Commons
Suella Fernandes MP
Professor Tim Bale, Chair of Politics, Queen Mary University
Charles Heslop OBE, Former President, Conservative National Convention
Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR
Alexandra Jezeph, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (chair)



Monday 5 October

8:00–9:30 \ Manchester Central, Central 4

Clearing the Air: how to create cleaner, smarter, more sustainable urban environments

Nick Pearce, Director, IPPR
Councillor Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, Westminster City Council
Simon Birkett, Founder, Clean Air London
Richard Dickenson, Chief Executive, New West End Company (BID)
Frank Kelly, Professor of Environmental Health, King’s College London (chair)



16:30–17:30 \ Radisson Blu Edwardian, Dickens Thackeray

Roundtable: The future of retirement: Pension reform, transparency and advice (invitation only)

Jeremy Quin MP, Work and Pensions Select Committee
Huw Evans, Director General, Association of British Insurers




Tuesday 6 October



12:30–14:00 \ Assembly Room, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Northern Powerhouse Plus: where next and what ambitions for the northern economy?

Jason McCartney MP, Chair of the APPG for Rail in the North
Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North
Clive Memmott, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Mark Cummings, Director, Invicta Public Affairs
Councillor Chris Steward, Leader, City of York Council
Jeremy Middleton, Middleton Enterprises and North East LEP

To attend this event, please register a place here.

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17:00–18:00 \ Novotel Hotel, Rylands Suite

The Great Business Shake-up: How to disrupt markets and get a fairer deal for consumers

Nadhim Zahawi MP
Natasha Hobday, Head of Policy and Regulation, First Utility
Iain Wood, Public Affairs Manager, TalkTalk
Anthony Thompson, Head of Public Affairs and Community Investment, TSB
Steve Hughes, Head of Economic and Social Policy, Policy Exchange (chair)



17:45–19:00 \ Chester Suite, Midland Hotel

The Northern Powerhouse - Developing a collaborative vision to maximise potential (invitation only)

Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
Dominic Booth, Managing Director, Abellio
Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North (chair)





17:45–19:00 \ Manchester Central, Exchange 6 & 7

EU reform and referendum – what should In be and what could Out be?

Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
John Longworth, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Tom Mludzinski, Director of Political Polling, ComRes
Nina Schick, Communications Director, Open Europe
Josh Goodman, Director of Research, IPPR (chair)



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SNP \ 15–17 October 2015, Aberdeen



Thursday 15 October



12:30–13:30 \ Room 9, Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre

The Only Way is Exports: How to make Scotland a world leader in trade

Stewart Hosie MP, Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Economy)
Hugh Aitken CBE, Director, CBI Scotland
Graham Hutcheon, Managing Director, Group Operations, Edrington
Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, Heathrow
Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland (chair)




17:00–18:00 \ Boardroom A&B, Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre

Roundtable: The impact of Scotland’s new tax and benefit powers on the nation’s finances​ (invitation only)

Spencer Thompson, Senior Economic Analyst, IPPR
Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland (chair)



Friday 16 October



12:30–13:30 \ Room 9, Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre

Roundtable: How can the Scottish government help businesses in Scotland boost productivity? (invitation only)

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training
Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland (chair)



17:00–18:00 \ Boardroom A&B, Aberdeen Exhibition Conference Centre

The Great Business shake-up: how to disrupt markets and get a fairer deal for consumers

Stewart Hosie MP, Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Economy)
Mark Lever, Head of Public Affairs, Gatwick Airport
Tamara Dewhirst, TSB
Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland (chair)



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