ConservativeHome is 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!

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ConservativeHome Conference Programme sponsored by Openreach
ConservativeHome Conference Programme sponsored by Openreach

Sunday 29th September 2019

UK housing: how do we deliver for homeowners and address the critical challenges ahead?

Reception Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Fringe Time: 14.30 – 15.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee
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Housing Minister, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, will be joined by industry leaders to discuss delivering more good quality new homes in the UK.

ConservativeHome in partnership with NHBC

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Lewis Sidnick, Director of Corporate Affairs, NHBC
  • David Montague, Chief Executive, L&Q
  • Jennie Daly, thecityukgroup, Group Operations Director, Taylor Wimpey
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)
NHBC

Housing and the economy: How do we invest in the homes we urgently need?

Fringe Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Fringe Time: 16.00 – 17.00
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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An unexpected alliance of bodies representing builders, housing associations and the countryside discuss how to invest to build the homes we need.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Federation of Master Builders, CPRE – The countryside charity and National Housing Federation

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
  • Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
  • Tom Fyans, Deputy Chief Executive, CPRE – the Countryside Charity
  • Nick Hargrave Conservative Home columnist and Partner at Portland

AI: Could we? Should we?

Fringe Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Fringe Time: 16.00pm – 17.30pm
Venue: Central 5Register your interest in attending

What potential does AI have to positively impact citizens in the near future and how do we ensure it serves all citizens equally?

ConservativeHome in partnership with Atos

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • George Freeman MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport 
  • Kulveer Ranger, SVP Strategy and Communications, Atos, and former advisor to Mayor of London Boris Johnson
  • Will Tanner, Director, Onward
  • Anna Mikhailova Deputy Political Editor, The Telegraph 
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Economic Growth; How critical is it to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

Reception Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Time: 17.30 – 18.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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The government’s bold vision for Britain requires continued investment in our Northern Powerhouse, pioneering ideas and fresh ways of doing things. This involves boosting the local economy by developing high-quality infrastructure, and connecting businesses, people and places. Priming cities, towns and villages to reach their full potential by investing in skills, innovation and connectivity is vital for the success in the North.

ConservativeHome in partnership with CIOB, RIBA, RICS and RTPI

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse and MHCLG
  • Henry Hill, Assistant Editor, ConservativeHome welcome remarks

When is immigration good for Britain?

Reception Date: Sunday 29th September 2019
Reception Time: 18.00 – 19.30
Venue: Central 5

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How should this government approach immigration? Will it continue to be a polarising issue or could changing public attitudes lead to more consensus?

ConservativeHome in partnership with British Future

Speakers:

  • Seema Kennedy MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (invited)
  • Dan Hannan MEP, Member of the European Parliament
  • Alberto Costa MP, Member of South Leicestershire
  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future 
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Monday 30th September 2019

Avoiding crime: the role business can play in developing the potential of young people

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 9.00 – 10.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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The fringe explores the power of social value creation, reflecting on the role business has in preventing young people entering the justice system.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Landsec

Speakers:

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and Minister for Women
  • Ailish Christian-West, Head of Property, Landsec
  • Turly Humphreys, CEO, Circle Collective
  • Nathaniel Campbell, Graduate, Circle Collective
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

What’s the future for the private rented sector?

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 9.00 – 10.30am
Venue: Central 5

Invitation only, please email events@conservativehome.com for more information

A small private roundtable discussion with a senior Government Minister on the private rented sector, in partnership with Nationwide Building Society.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Nationwide

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury 
  • Anne Ashworth, Property Editor, The Times (Chair)

The Age of Upheaval: What should post 18 education look like in 2030?

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Venue: Central 5

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Join the Minister, MillionPlus and the NUS to explore the future of higher and further education and how to unlock potential across the UK.

ConservativeHome in partnership with MillionPlus and NUS

Speakers:

  • Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation
  • Bill Rammell, Chair, MillionPlus
  • Zamzam Ibrahim, President, NUS
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)

A Digital Britain powered by Broadband and for the many not the few

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 11.00 – 12.30
Venue:  ConservativeHome Marquee

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As we push the boundaries of technology’s capability, how do we deliver positively for citizens across the country.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Atos

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Kulveer Ranger, SVP Strategy and Communications, Atos, and formaer advisor to myor of London Boris Johnson
  • Julian David, CEO, techUK 
  • Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach
  • Nick Hargrave Conservative Home columnist and Partner at Portland

Innovating for the Future – challenges and opportunities for the financial and related professional services industry

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 13.00 – 14.30
Venue: Central 5

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Panel discussion with MPs and senior industry figures on the challenges and opportunities for the financial and related professional services industry

ConservativeHome in partnership with TheCityUK

Speakers

  • John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister
  • Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
  • Miles Celic, CEO, TheCityUK
  • Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Ben Roback, Political Consultant & Columnist, Cicero Group & ConservativeHome (Chair)

Climate change: can business save the planet?

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 13.00 – 14.30
Venue:  ConservativeHome Marquee

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Climate change is widely regarded as now being at crisis point. What is the role of business in tackling the causes and effects of global warming?

ConservativeHome in partnership with Aberdeen Standard Investments

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State, BEIS 
  • Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive, Standard Life Aberdeen
  • Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman, Green Finance Institute
  • Chris Jones, Research Analyst, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)

How does the modern Conservative Party reconnect with the tradition of social housebuilding?

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 15.00 – 16.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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With millions trapped privately renting and locked out of home ownership, is now the time to reconnect with the tradition of social housebuilding?

ConservativeHome in partnership with Shelter

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Polly Neate, CEO, Shelter
  • Katie Perrior, Former Director of Communications, No.10 Downing St.
  • Vicky Spratt, Housing Journalist, i News
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Onward and ConservativeHome present: Dominic Raab MP in conversation with Iain Dale

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time:  15.30 – 16.30
Venue: Central 5

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The new Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, will speak to Iain Dale, LBC presenter and chair of the recent Conservative Party Leadership hustings, about his politics, his new Cabinet brief and the current political environment.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Onward

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary
  • Iain Dale, LBC
Onward

Tackling Loneliness Drinks Reception: The Government Loneliness Strategy one year on

Roundtable Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Roundtable Time: 17.00 – 18.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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British Red Cross and Co-op’s reception with ConservativeHome celebrates progress in tackling loneliness and looks at the steps ahead.

ConservativeHome in partnership with British Red Cross & Co-op

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Zoё Abrams, Executive Director of Communications and Advocacy, British Red Cross
  • Paul Gerrard, Campaign and Public Affairs Director, Co-op
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome welcome remarks

In Conversation with the Secretary of State for Defence

Fringe Date: Monday 30th September 2019
Fringe Time: 17.00 – 18.30
Venue: Central 5

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The Secretary of State will discuss his priorities since taking the position in Government and be questioned on the objectives and challenges ahead for him and his Department.

Raytheon UK in partnership with ConservativeHome

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Tuesday 1st October 2019

With one month to go until Brexit, how prepared are Britain’s key transport links?

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 9.00 – 10.30am
Venue: Central 5

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The panel will debate and discuss Brexit within the context of the country’s transport links and the work being done to prepare these areas for Brexit. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Port of Dover

Speakers:

  • Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport
  • Doug Bannister, Chief Executive, Port of Dover
  • James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association
  • ConservativeHome (Chair)

Moggcast LIVE with ConservativeHome

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time:  09.15 – 10.15am
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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An exclusive chance to see a special conference episode of ConservativeHome’s Jacob Rees-Mogg podcast The Moggcast recorded in front of a live audience. Jacob will be in conversation with Paul Goodman, and the interview – as well as your audience questions – will be broadcast to listeners around the world later the same day.

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome

Delivering Brexit: a conversation

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time:  11.00am – 12.30pm
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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Join the UK in a Changing Europe and ConservativeHome to discuss where next for the Conservative Party on Brexit.

ConservativeHome in partnership with The UK in a Changing Europe

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire and former  Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor in conversation with Professor Anand Menon, Director, The UK in a Changing Europe
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (welcome remarks)

No country for old men (or women): Are we doing enough for the older people in greatest need?

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 13.00 – 14.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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The care system is in crisis, much of our housing stock is unsuitable and unsafe for older people and pensioner poverty is rising. Can we fix this?

ConservativeHome in partnership with Age UK

Speakers:

  • Victoria Atkins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and Minister for Women (invited)
  • Andrew Selous MP, Health Select Committee, Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire
  • Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
  • Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)

Disaster Resilience and Recovery: How can the UK Government and Insurance sector work together in the developing world

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 13.00 – 14.30
Venue: Central 5

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Join us in exploring how the UK’s public and private sectors can partner to help developing counties prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Aon

Speakers:

  • Andrew Stephenson MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Dominic Christian, Global Chairman of Reinsurance Solutions, Aon
  • Kimberly Brown, Head of Humanitarian Policy, British Red Cross
  • Ian Branagan, Chief Risk Officer, Renaissance Re
  • Ben Roback, Political Consultant & Columnist, Cicero Group & ConservativeHome (Chair)

Could low-income voters hold the key to the next election?

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Venue: Room Central 5

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Join leading thought leaders and Alan Mak MP for a timely exploration of how the Conservative Party can best appeal to low-income voters.

ConservativeHome in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the Education Select Committee
  • Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, Founder & Chairman of the All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Professor Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent, Senior Fellow Chatham House
  • James Kanagasooriam, Partner, Hanbury Strategy
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

The Business Conversation

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 15.00 – 16.30
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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The small business question time will focus on the Conservative’s plans and policy proposals for the UK’s small business and the self-employed.

ConservativeHome in partnership with FSB

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chair, FSB
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

ConservativeHome in Conversation with the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 17.00 – 17.45
Venue: ConservativeHome Marquee

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The Secretary of State will discuss his priorities since taking the position in Government and be questioned on the objectives and challenges ahead for him and his Department.

Speakers:

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Isabel Oakeshott, Journalist and Broadcaster 

Centenary Drinks Reception with ConservativeHome

Fringe Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Fringe Time: 10.00 – 11.30pm
Venue: Exchange 11, Manchester Central

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ConservativeHome in partnership with Save the Children

Speakers:

  • Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for International Development
  • Keith Watkins, Chief Executive, Save the Children
  • Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome