ConservativeHome are delighted to announce our programme of events at this year’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. We do hope that you can join us at some of our events. We look forward to seeing you there!


Sunday 1st October

After free movement: How should immigration work post-Brexit?
Time: 14.30-15.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Craig Mackinlay MP
  • Nusrat Ghani MP
  • Sunder Katwala, British Future
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with British Future

How to reform the Conservative Party
Time: 16.00-17.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the 1922 Committee and MP for Altrincham and Sale West
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome

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Modern Britain: Why diversity matters for the UK’s economic productivity
Time: 16.00-17.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for International Development
  • Binita Mehta-Parmar, Director of Modern Britain
  • Romilly Dennys, Executive Director of Coadec
  • Shaun Bailey, Londonwide Assembly Member
  • Kulveer Ranger, Vice President of Strategy & Communications at Atos (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with ATOS and Modern Britain

ConservativeHome In Conversation: Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade, with Iain Dale
Time: 18.00-19.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
  • Iain Dale, Journalist
  • Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport

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Kindly supported by London City Airport, London Gatwick Airport and Manchester Airport Group

What sort of Brexit does the Conservative Party want?
Time: 18.00-19.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
  • Professor Anand Menon, Director, The UK in a Changing Europe
  • Paul Goodman, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with UK in a Changing Europe

Monday 2nd October

From boardroom to factory floor: how do we rebuild trust in big business?
Time: 8.00-9.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Jonathan Djanogly MP
  • Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman, Standard Life Aberdeen plc
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Standard Life Aberdeen plc


Halving rough sleeping: How can Government deliver this pledge
Time: 08.00-09.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Bob Blackman MP
  • Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
  • Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
  • Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis
  • Henry Hill, Assistant Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Crisis

Isabel Oakeshott in conversation with Rt Hon Damian Green MP – the number one man in the Government
Time: 8.15-9.30am Location: Charter 1, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Damian Green MP, First Secretary of State
  • Isabel Oakeshott, Journalist

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How secure is our cyber security?
Time: 10.00-11.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for Digital (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)
  • Sandy Forrest, Client Executive UK&I Cyber Security, Atos UK&I
  • Daniel Thornton, Programme Director, Institute for Government
  • Talal Rajab, Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security, Tech UK
  • Kulveer Ranger, Vice President of Strategy & Communications at Atos
  • Rebecca Coulson, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with ATOS

Energy Policy and the Industrial Strategy: what’s the plan
Time: 10.00-11.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Claire Perry MP, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Paul Spence, Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director, EDF Energy
  • John Moylan, Former BBC Industry and Employment Correspondent
  • Nick Baveystock, Director General and Secretary, Institute of Civil Engineering
  • Henry Hill, Assistant Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with EDF Energy

What does the ferry industry need to operate a seamless service for exporters to and from Britain post-Brexit?
Time: 12:00-13.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport)
  • Sue MacKenzie, Operations Director, P&O Ferries
  • Guy Platten, Chief Executive, UK Chamber of Shipping
  • Henry Hill, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with P&O Ferries

Conservative campaigning: what’s gone wrong and how to put it right
Time: 12.00-13.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee
  • Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the Education Select Committee
  • Andrew Kennedy, West Kent Campaign Director and Campaign Consultant
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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Social mobility: are businesses, schools and universities letting the country down?
Time: 14.00-15.30 ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State (Department for Education)
  • Professor Edward Peck, Vice Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University
  • Adam Jackson, Director, Public Affairs and Policy, Grant Thornton UK
  • Yultan Mellor, Vice Principal Curriculum, Central College Nottingham
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Nottingham Trent University

Our Vision for the Industry’s Future – What Next for Financial and Related Professional Services?
Time: 14.00-15.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Stephen Barclay MP, Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
  • Vicky Ford MP, former Chair, European Parliament Internal Market Committee
  • Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK
  • Mark Hoban, Board Director, TheCityUK
  • Alan Mak MP (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with TheCityUK

How do we build the quality homes that Britain needs?
Time: 16.00-17.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning
  • Lewis Sidnick, Director of Corporate and External Affairs, NHBC
  • David Thomas, Chief Executive, Barratt Developments PLC
  • David Montague, Chief Executive, L&Q
  • Alex Morton, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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UK-based Financial and related Professional Services: Enabling Growth across the UK
Time: 16.00-17.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Jake Berry MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local -Government)
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Welcome remarks)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with TheCityUK Reception

The country we want to be: pathways to prosperity
Time: 18.00-19.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities
  • Matthew Elliott, Senior Fellow, Legatum Institute
  • Nicholas Boys-Smith, CEO, Create Streets
  • Brooks Newmark, former Minister for Civil Society and Visiting Fellow, Said Business School
  • Natalie Elphike, CEO, Housing and Finance Institute
  • Lewis Sidnick, Head of Corporate Affairs, NHBC
  • Danny Kruger, Senior Fellow, Legatum Institute (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Legatum Institute

Tuesday 3rd October

Lost Learners: Delivering a skills revolution and providing opportunities for all
Time: 08.00-09.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State (Department for Education)
  • Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce
  • Toby Young, Director, New Schools Network
  • Peter Horrocks, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University
  • Rebecca Coulson, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with The Open University

Your Journey
Time: 08.00-09.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Join us and hear from a number of women candidates from a variety of backgrounds about their journeys and experiences into politics and political office.

Speakers:

  • Virginia Crosbie – Director of W2W
  • Kemi Badenoch MP
  • Julie Ilse – Chair of CWO
  • Jade Marsden – Candidate
  • Melanie Hampton – Councillor
  • Julia Mulligan – PCC

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ConservativeHome in partnership with W2W

Minority appeal: did the lack of BME votes cost May her majority?
Time: 10.00-11.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
  • Dr Maria Sobolewska, Manchester University
  • Kemi Badenoch MP (Invited)
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome
  • Binita Mehta-Parmar, Director, Modern Britain
  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with British Future and Modern Britain

Protecting the economy: Working together to build cyber resilience Hosted by UK Finance and Microsoft
Time: 10.00-11.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister for Digital (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)
  • Maria Vello, CEO, Cyber Defence Alliance
  • Colin Church, Chief Risk Officer Global Cyber Risk, and EMEA Chief Risk Officer, Citi
  • Michael Wignall, National Technology Officer, Microsoft UK
  • Stephen Jones, CEO, UK Finance
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with UK Finance and Microsoft

The Business Interview
Time: 12.00-13.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
 Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Martin McTague, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Welcome remarks)
  • Louise Stewart, Communications Director, FSB (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with FSB

Avoiding the white cliff edge: maintaining our principal trading Channel
Time: 12.00-13.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State (Department for International Trade) (and Minister for London)
  • Charlie Elphicke MP
  • Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover
  • Ben Roback, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with the Port of Dover

Mind the Gap: how can Universities and the Industrial Strategy solve the skills shortage
Time: 14.00-15.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
 Speakers:

  • Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of MillionPlus
  • Shakira Martin, NUS President
  • George McFarlane, Head of Higher Education Sector, CBI
  • Rebecca Coulson, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with MillionPlus and NUS

House building and skills post-Brexit: Who will build the homes we need?
Time: 14.00 – 15.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the Education Select Committee
  • Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders
  • John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs, Home Builders Federation
  • Lewis Sidnick, Director of Corporate Affairs, NHBC
  • Alex Morton, Contributor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with NHBC, FMB & HBF

How can we win community support for housebuilding?
Time: 16.00-17.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Toby Lloyd, Head of Housing Development, Shelter
  • Tom Fyans, Director of Campaigns and Policy, CPRE
  • Anne Ashworth, The Times, Bricks and Mortar
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Shelter and CPRE

A leader in global trade: how can the UK remain successful post-Brexit?
Time: 16.00-17.30 Location: Central 5, Manchester Central, Secure Zone
Speakers:

  • Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Chris Cummings, Chief executive, IA
  • Shanker Singham, Chairman, Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission
  • Alan Mak MP (Chair)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with The Investment Association

ConservativeHome Business Reception
Time: 18.00-19.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Stephen Barclay MP, Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
  • Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Welcome remarks)

Invitation Only

ConservativeHome in partnership with The Law Society

Maritime Nation – The future of British trade
Time: 20.00-21.30 Location: ConservativeHome Marquee
Speakers:

  • Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG, Former British Ambassador to the United States
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Welcome remarks)

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ConservativeHome in partnership with the Port of Dover and Associated British Ports Drinks Reception

Save the Children and ConservativeHome Annual Reception
Time: 21.30-23.00 Location: Charter 4, Manchester Central
Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development
  • Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP
  • Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Save the Children