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Policy Network at Labour Party Conference

  • Date(s)
    22 September 2014, 23 September 2014
  • Address
    Manchester, UK
Policy Network at Labour Party Conference
Over the course of this year’s Labour Party Conference, Policy Network, together with partner organisations, will hold eight fringe events.

The events build on Policy Network's work programmes on progressive capitalism, the future of Europe, populism and welfare state renewal.





UK Economic Futures: The Adonis Growth Review

On education, infrastructure, regional growth, productivity and living standards, the UK lags behind much of Europe and North America. Having once been the world’s dynamo of new products, ideas and processes, British firms struggle to grow, find the skilled workers they require, and export.This fringe event will bring together politicians, experts, entrepreneurs, business leaders and local and regional bodies to debate the findings of the Adonis Growth Review on Mending the Fractured Economy: Smarter State, Better Jobs. 

        Andrew Adonis, shadow infrastructure minister
        Sonia Sodha, ‎former SME adviser to Ed Miliband
        Mark Game, managing director, Company Shop
        Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group        
        Roger Liddle, chair, Policy Network (Chair)

Date:   Monday 22 September
Time:   08:15 – 09:30 AM
Venue: Premier Inn Central Manchester, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Meeting Room 2

In partnership with London Stock Exchange Group




Labour's Spending Choices: Social Justice and Fiscal Discipline

The UK’s net borrowing still amounted to a staggering 6.6% of GDP in 2013-2014, a level almost twice higher than what the Chancellor predicted in 2010. Despite the recovery, difficult spending choices and distributional conflicts lie ahead that Labour has to confront openly if it does not want to be accused of implementing austerity ‘through the backdoor’. This fringe event will debate how Labour can demonstrate to people that it can be trusted to govern in this era of fiscal constraint and that it has a compelling project for long-term economic and social reform.

        Margaret Hodge MP
, chair of public accounts committee
        Liz Kendall MP, shadow minister for care and older people
        Michael Cooney, executive director, Chifley Research Centre 
        Lucy Powell MP, shadow education minister
        Hopi Sen, commentator    
        James Plunkett, head of consumer research and campaigns, Citizens Advice (Chair)

Date:   Monday 22 September
Time:   12:45 PM – 14:00
Venue: Premier Inn Central Manchester, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Meeting Room 2


Labour’s Next Majority? Winning from the Left after the Great Recession

Global competition, rising income and wealth inequality and rapid technological change have made the middle class more insecure and spread the fear that life for their children will not be as good as it was for them.  Across Europe, social democrats need to shape political offers which tackle growing insecurities as well as reassure voters in tough times with credible strategies for economic and welfare state management. In the UK, the debate around how to do this has encompassed talk of a “35% strategy” - appealing to core supporters whilst reaching out to upset Liberal Democrats. But others argue that Labour should focus on a more broad-based appeal which recognises that elections are won from the centre-ground.

        David Blunkett MP, former home secretary    
        Jeremy Cliffe, UK politics correspondent, The Economist
        Phil Collins, columnist and chief leader writer, The Times
        Patrick Diamond, vice-chair, Policy Network    
        Ania Skrzypek, senior research fellow, FEPs
        Martin O’Neill, commissioning editor, Renewal Journal (Chair)

Date:   Monday 22 September
Time:   17:30 – 18:45
Venue: Manchester Central Library, St. Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

In partnership with Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Renewal Journal







Night owl debate and drinks reception

Britain’s Europe Dilemma

The fringe will be led by Roger Liddle, author of The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the drama of EU integration. It will be a night-owl session and drinks reception where speakers are invited to engage in lively discussions about UK-EU relations.  

        Anneliese Dodds, MEP
        Martin Kettle, associate editor, The Guardian
        Roger Liddle, chair, Policy Network
        Denis MacShane, former Europe minister
        Gregg McClymont MP, shadow pensions minister


Date:   Monday 22 September
Time:   22:00 – 23:00
Venue: Premier Inn Central Manchester, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Meeting Room 2




Owning the Future: How Britain can Make it in a Fast Changing World

There are huge opportunities for Britain in a world where the global middle class is expected to treble to five billion people in the next two decades. Drawing on Chuka Umunna’s Policy Network book Owning the Future: How Britain can Make it in a Fast Changing World, this fringe event will debate the UK’s economic future and how Britain can move towards being a high-productivity, high-skilled, innovation-led economy that delivers inclusive and broad-based prosperity.

        Billy Boyle, co-founder of Owlstone Nanotech
        Sherry Coutu, ‎product strategist, entrepreneur and angel investor
        Stephen Hockman QC, chair, Society of Labour Lawyers
        Mariana Mazzucato, professor in economics of innovation, University of Sussex
        Chuka Umunna MP, shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills

Date:   Tuesday 23 September
Time:   08:15 – 09:30 AM
Venue: Premier Inn Central Manchester, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Meeting Room 2



New UK Government, New EU Commission: Labour Priorities for Europe?

Ed Miliband’s speech on Europe has closed the door on a referendum over EU membership, but the underlying reality is that British politics is being pushed in an ever more Eurosceptic direction. For Labour, the challenge is to negotiate the political difficulty of the pro-European case, realising that it needs to engage European partners closely and influence the direction of the new EU Commission in order to achieve some of its governing priorities.

        Lucy Anderson MEP
        Richard Corbett MEP

        Renaud Thillaye, deputy director, Policy Network
        Gareth Thomas MP, shadow Europe minister
        Peter Wilding, director, British Influence
        Hugo Dixon, editor-at-large, Reuters News (Chair)

Date:   Tuesday 23 September
Time:   12:45 – 14:00
Venue: Premier Inn Central Manchester, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Meeting Room 2

In partnership with British Influence






Labour vs. UKIP: Winning New Majorities and 'Left Behind' Voters

UKIP’s rapid surge has revealed that the UK is not immune to the type of all-catching populist movements already witnessed in the rest of Europe for more than 15 years. Like sister centre-left parties, Labour faces the threat of losing significant parts of its traditional blue collars voters.

        Rob Ford, lecturer, University of Manchester        
        Shabana Mahmood MP, shadow exchequer secretary
        John McTernan, political commentator  
        Kathryn Perera
, chief executive, Movement for Change   
        Marcus Roberts, deputy general secretary, The Fabian Society       
        Joe Twyman
, director of political and social research, YouGov
        Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham
        Michael McTernan, acting director, Policy Network (Chair)
      
Date:   Tuesday 23 September
Time:   17:30 – 19:00
Venue: Manchester Central Library, St. Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

In partnership with Barrow Cadbury Fund






Night owl debate & drinks reception

Labour Priorities over the Next Century

Labour needs to give people the power to harness the changes that will shape Britain over the next two decades in a way that benefits the whole nation, achieving fundamental centre-left goals of fairness, social justice and progress when there is far less money around. This fringe event and drinks reception will bring together a new generation of Labour MPs to debate laying the foundations for a Labour century. It will be a night-owl session and drinks reception where speakers are invited to informally engage in lively discussions about Britain’s future.

        Stella Creasy MP, shadow business, innovation and skills minister    
        Gloria DePiero MP, shadow minister for women and equalities
        Stephen Doughty MP, opposition whip
        Gemma Doyle MP, shadow minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans
        Tom Greatrex MP, shadow energy minister
        Liz Kendall MP, shadow minister for care and older people
        Alison McGovern MP, shadow international development minister
        Catherine McKinnell MP, shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury    
        Toby Perkins MP, shadow minister for SMEs
        Lucy Powell MP, shadow education minister
        Steve Reed MP, shadow Home Office minister
        Emma Reynolds MP, shadow housing minister
        Johnathan Reynolds MP, shadow energy and climate change minister    
        John Woodcock MP
        Roger Liddle, chair, Policy Network (Chair)  


Date:   Tuesday 23 September
Time:   22:00 – 23:00
Venue: Premier Inn Central Manchester, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Meeting Room 2
        
In partnership with Usdaw



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