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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR at Party Conferences 2020

In a challenging year for many, IPPR delivered one of the largest programmes of fringe events across the conference season.

We hosted 13 virtual events across Labour (Connected), Conservative and SNP conferences. Our events attracted over 1,500 attendees in total and featured many high-profile speakers and guests, including seven members of Labour’s Shadow Ministerial team and two Scottish Ministers.

Our yearly staple, the Big Ideas Debate on environmental justice with Ed Miliband MP (which you can watch here) and our panel on Brexit and Scottish Independence with Michael Russell MSP and Professor John Curtice were particularly popular, garnering over 300 and 400 attendees respectively. 

IPPR’s Executive Director, Carys Roberts held an ‘in conversation’ session with Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Anneliese Dodds MP to discuss what a fair and sustainable recovery from Covid-19 looks likes. The video is available here.

We also held an event on the future of the Labour Party (available here), with Lucy Powell MP, Nadia Whittome MP, Cllr Matt Kerr, Councillor for Glasgow City Council, journalist Paul Mason, and pollster James Morris.

In a crucial time for care workers, we brought together some excellent speakers at Labour Connected to discuss protecting our NHS and care workers during Covid-19 and beyond. Speakers included Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Professor Dame Donna Kinnair DBE of the Royal College of Nursing and Paul Farmer from Mind. This event is available here.

Among other lively and interesting sessions, we held a discussion on decarbonising the electricity sector with Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP the newly appointed Co-Chair of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission and Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, Northern of the TUC, which you can view here.  And at Conservative Party Conference we held a session on decarbonising our homes with the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP and Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation. 

See our full 2020 programme here

Interested in partnering with IPPR at party conferences in 2021? Contact Olivia Vaughan on [email protected] for more information.