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IPPR at party conferences 2016

IPPR will be at four party conferences, hosting a varied programme of events. Check back for details as they are confirmed.

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Liberal Democrats \ 17–20 September 2016, Brighton



Monday 19 September



13:00–14:00 \ Regent Room, The Grand Brighton

Will 2080 be the year we get the next Lib Dem Minister?

Rt Hon Lord Paddy Ashdown
Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP
Baroness Sal Brinton,
President, Liberal Democrats
Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR

Chair: Baroness Olly Grender

Will 2080 be the year we get the next Lib Dem Minister?  View audio page



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Labour \ 25–28 September, Liverpool



Sunday 25 September



12:30–14:00 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

Commission on Economic Justice: a fair post-Brexit economy

Rachel Reeves MP
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Catherine Colebrook, Chief Economist and Associate Director for Economy and Housing, IPPR

Chair: Heather Stewart, The Guardian



17:30–19:00 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

A BBC fit for the Digital Age

Chris Bryant MP
Steve Morrison, Former Chairman, All3Media
James Heath, Director of Policy, BBC

Chair: Jane Martinson, The Guardian



19:30–20:30 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

Rethinking Capitalism: Commission on Economic Justice

Prof. Michael Jacobs, Acting Director of Research, IPPR
Vicky Pryce, Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and former Joint Head of the Government Economic Service
Lord Stewart Wood

Chair: Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR



Monday 26 September



12:30–14:00 \ Meeting Room 1, Jurys Inn Liverpool

Why gender equality makes business sense

Angela Eagle MP
Jenny Stewart,
Chief Executive, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
Liz Jones, Partner, Livingbridge

Chair: Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North



12:30–14:00 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

Where next for Britain in Europe?​

Chuka Umunna MP
Graham Stringer MP

Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR
Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs, Kings College London and Director, UK in a Changing Europe

Chair: Helen Lewis, New Statesman

Where next for Britain in Europe?  View audio page



17:30–19:00 \ Meeting Room 1, Jurys Inn

The future of the Labour Party in a devolved England post-Brexit

Emma Lewell-Buck MP
Tristram Hunt MP
Prof. John Denham, University of Winchester

Chair: Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North



17:30–19:00 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

Do progressives need a new public philosophy?

Jon Cruddas MP
Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR

Chair: Suzanne Moore, The Guardian

Do progressives need a new public philosophy?  View audio page



Tuesday 27 September



12:30 –14:00 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

Will technology revolutionise public services?

Chi Onwurah MP
Jonathan Clifton, Associate Director for Public Services, IPPR
Alistair Tebbit, Head of Government Affairs – UK, RELX Group

Chair: David Brindle, The Guardian



12:30–14:00 \ Meeting Room 1, Jurys Inn

Powerhouse or poorhouse? How to drive more inclusive growth in the North of England

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP
Jude Kirton-Darling MEP
Adam Marshall
, Acting Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce

Chair: Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North

Powerhouse or poorhouse: How to drive more inclusive growth in the North of England  View audio page



17:30–19:00 \ Meeting Room 1, Jurys Inn

Are we ready for the future of work? Preparing for jobs and skills in the decade ahead​

Jim McMahon MP
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Adam Marshall,
Acting Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Kirstie Donnelly, UK Managing Director, City and Guilds (invited)

Chair: Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Work and Families, IPPR



17:30–19:00 \ Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

How could Labour stop immigration driving away its voters?​

Paul Blomfield MP
Stephen Kinnock MP

Zoe Williams, The Guardian

Chair: Phoebe Griffith, Associate Director for Migration, Integration and Communities, IPPR



17:30–19:00 \ Room 11A, Liverpool ACC

What would it take for Labour to win a general election?

Lisa Nandy MP
Jonathan Ashworth MP

Matthew Parris
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue

Chair: Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR



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Conservative \ 2–5 October, Birmingham



Sunday 2 October



17:45–19:00 \ Executive Room 10, Birmingham ICC

International students: are we turning away one of our best revenue generators?

Ben Howlett MP
Phoebe Griffith, Associate Director for Migration, Integration and Communities, IPPR
Nick Hillman, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute
James Pitman, Managing Director for Study Group's Higher Education Division, G5 International Education Providers

Chair: Kate Maltby



Monday 3 October



12:45–14:00 \ Executive Room 2, Birmingham ICC

Magnetic North: future-proofing the Northern Powerhouse

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Deb Oxley, Chief Executive, Employee Ownership Association
James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce
Philip Dyer, Director, Northern Powerhouse, Atkins
Dave Smith, Interim Executive Director, Sheffield City Region LEP

Chair: Ed Cox, Director, IPPR North

Magnetic North: Future-proofing the northern powerhouse  View audio page



Tuesday 4 October


12:45–14:00 \ Executive Room 2, Birmingham ICC


Will technology revolutionise public services?

Rt Hon Lord Francis Maude
Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR
Alistair Tebbit, Head of Government Affairs – UK, RELX Group

Chair: Helia Ebrahimi, Channel 4 News


15:45-17:15 \ Soprano, Hyatt Regency Birmigham

Roundtable: Fit for the future: helping employees stay in the labour market (invitation only)

David Frost CBE
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
Bill Davies, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR / CLF

Chair: Clare McNeil, Associate Director for Work and Families, IPPR



17:45–19:00 \ Executive Room 1, Birmingham ICC

Do the Conservatives speak for the centre?

Graham Brady MP, Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee
Alan Mak MP
Peter Oborne, Associate Editor, The Spectator
Deborah Mattinson, Chief Executive, Britain Thinks
Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR

Chair: Rachel Johnson, Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue



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SNP \ 13–15 October, Glasgow



Thursday 13 October



17:30-18:30 \ Ness Room, SECC

Making the most of the Scottish Parliament's new tax and benefit powers

Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities
Dr Jim McCormick, Associate Director Scotland, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Marco Biagi, Co-Chair of the 2015 Commission on Local Tax Reform and former Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment

Chair: Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland



Friday 14 October

12:30-13:30 \ Barra Suite, Crowne Plaza

A Scottish model of public service reform: delivering value for money and social justice

Ben Macpherson MSP
Jim Mather,
SNP's Economic Growth Commission
Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland
SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour Child Care Trust and CCPS Vice Convener, Chair of Children's Services Committee, member of the SG Early Years Collaborative

Chair: Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland


17:30-18:30 \ Barra Suite, Crowne Plaza


What next for Scotland and Europe?

Stephen Gethins MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Europe
Geoff Aberdein, Former Chief of Staff to Alex Salmond and Head of European Public Affairs, Aberdeen Asset Management
John Edward, Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools and Former Head of the European Parliament Office in Scotland
Vonnie Sandlan, President, NUS Scotland

Chair: Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland

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