IPPR at Party Conferences 2019
Once again, IPPR delivered one of the largest programmes of fringe events across four party conferences. We hosted 26 events across the Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences, attracting over 1,300 attendees across the season. IPPR events welcomed high-profile speakers and guests including eight members of Labour’s Shadow Ministerial team, two government Ministers and two Scottish ministers.
Our Big Ideas Debate on environmental justice with Ed Miliband MP and Brexit panel at the Liberal Democrat conference were particularly popular, with queues around the block. Other lively sessions included a discussion on better regulation in the banking industry with Shadow Treasury Minister Anneliese Dodds MP, economist Ann Pettifor and IPPR’s Grace Blakeley.
IPPR Director Tom Kibasi held an ‘in conversation’ session with Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP just hours after the news of the Supreme Court ruling to overturn the prorogation of Parliament.
The IPPR Centre for Economic Justice hosted events at both Labour and Conservative conferences. Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury Jonathan Reynolds MP, Chair of the Business Committee Rachel Reeves MP, Sir Bob Kerslake, Transport Minister George Freeman MP, Catherine McGuinness from the City of London and journalist Paul Mason all joined us to discuss a prosperous and just economy for the UK.
Events at the two same conferences with the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission welcomed speakers such as Shadow Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner MP and Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP.
After a week when Labour adopted IPPR’s call for free social care, and days before the Conservatives announced a similar rise in the national living wage to that proposed by the Commission on Economic Justice, John McDonnell MP attended the IPPR drinks reception at the Labour conference, using his speech to praise IPPR’s impact, particularly on economic policy.