Conservatives

Conservative Party Conference 2016

 

Responding to the refugee crisis

Sunday 2nd October 2016

12:45-14:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham

Jeremy Lefroy MP Member, International Development Select Committee
Kevin Watkin CEO, Save the Children 
Owen Jones Columnist, The Guardian
Ahmad al-Rashid Refugee, and former aid worker for UNICEF
Julia Onslow-Cole Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers 
K
ate Maltby Associate Fellow,Bright Blue (Chair)   

 


 

After Brexit: Integrating Britain and creating One Nation 

Sunday 2nd October 2016

17:45-19:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

Suella Fernandes MP Member, Education Select Committee
Rafael Behr Columnist, The Guardian
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue 
Jon Yates Strategy Director, The Challenge 
Asa Bennett Assistant Comment Editor, The Daily Telegraph (Chair) 

 


 

Britain's housing crisis: can the market solve it?

Sunday 2nd October 2016

17:45-19:00 | Dolce, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Gavin Barwell MP Minister of State for Housing and Planning
Lord Gary Porter CBE Chairman, Local Government Association
Victoria Spratt Features Editor, The Debrief
Shamez Alibhai Partner, Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund
Martin Wheatley Founder, SHOUT
Alexandra Jezeph Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

 


 

The path to prosperity: what skills are needed in Britain? 

Sunday 2nd October 2016

19:30-21:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

Neil Carmichael MP Chair, Education Select Committee
Randeep Ramesh Chief Leader Writer, The Guardian 
Andy Silvester Head of Campaigns, Institute of Directors  
Jonathan Simons Head of Education, Policy Exchange
Margaret Burton Partner, Ernst & Young
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

 


 

Ignored and forgotten? Young people and politics

Sunday 2nd October 2016

19:30-21:00 | Exec Room 2, ICC, Birmingham

Chris Skidmore MP Minister for the Constitution 
Ben Howlett MP Member, Women and Equalities Select Committee
Torsten Bell
Director, Resolution Foundation 
Oly Duff Editor, The i 
Michael Lynas CEO, NCS Trust
Laura Round Communications Manager, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Drink Tank

Sunday 2nd October 2016

21:30-23:00 | Sonata, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham 

Dan Hannan MEP  
Nigel Fletcher Head of Research, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Britain’s got talent: Promoting the right skills for a successful UK 

Monday 3rd October 2016

8:30-10:00 | This event is by invitation only - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lord David Willetts Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation 
Chris Cook Policy Editor, Newsnight
Mark Boleat Chairman, City of London Corporation's Policy & Resources Committee
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Lifetime Learning: reskilling and upskilling our adult workforce 

Monday 3rd October 2016

10:30-12:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

Iain Stewart MP PPS to Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade
Karl McCartney MP Member, APPG for Universities
Josh Hardie Deputy Director General, CBI
John Gill Editor, The Times Higher Education Supplement
Peter Horrocks Vice-Chancellor, The Open University
Sonia Sodha Chief Leader Writer, The Observer 
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

 


 

Growing old gracefully: health, homes and income in later life

Monday 3rd October 2016

12:45-14:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham

Paul Johnson Director, Institute of Fiscal Studies 
Cllr Peter Golds Leader of the Conservatives, Tower Hamlets Council 
Bel Mooney Columnist, The Daily Mail
Jon Snow Presenter, Channel 4 News 
Dame Clare Tickell Chief Executive, Hanover Housing
Sam Hall Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Great or gloomy? Britain's economy in the next five years

Monday 3rd October 2016

12:45-14:00 | Exec Room 1, ICC, Birmingham

The Rt Hon John Redwood MP  
Dr Gerard Lyons Former Chief Economist, Mayor of London 
Dr Ruth Lea CBE Economic Adviser, Arbuthnot Banking Group 
Ann Pettifor Director, Prime Research in Macroecomonics   
Julia Onslow-Cole Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Ben Caldecott Associate Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Improving life chances 

Monday 3rd October 2016

15:00-16:15 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

John Glen MP PPS to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Baroness Stroud Executive Chair, Centre for Social Justice 
Philip Collins Columnist, The Times
Danny Kruger Chief Executive, West London Zone
Alison Garnham Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Diane Banks Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

 


 

Working women: is gender equality beyond reach?

Monday 3rd October 2016

15:00-16:15 | Work + Play 1, Malmaison, Birmingham

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP Former Minister for Women & Equalities   
Rachel Johnson Columnist, Mail on Sunday 
Mike Thompson Director for Early Careers, Barclays
Sam Smethers Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society
Dr Carole Easton Chief Executive, Young Women's Trust
Kate Maltby Associate Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

The role of nuclear in Britain's economy and energy mix 

Monday 3rd October 2016

17:45-19:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG Minister of State for Energy  
James Heappey MP Member, Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
Stephen Tindale Director, The Alvin Weinberg Foundation
Laura Sandys Chair, European Movement UK 
Lord John Hutton Chairman, Nuclear Industry Association
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

  


 

Closing the disability employment gap

Monday 3rd October 2016

17:45-19:00 | Dolce, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

Paul Scully MP  
Kirsty McHugh Chief Executive, ERSA
Richard Clifton Associate Director, Shaw Trust 
Dawn Foster Journalist, The Guardian 
Richard Day Consultant, KPMG 
Nigel Fletcher Head of Research, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Straight into adulthood? 

Monday 3rd October 2016

19:30-21:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

Lord Ralph Lucas 
Greg Hurst Education Editor, The Times
Professor Nick Pearce Former Director of Policy, No. 10 Downing Street
Andy Ratcliffe Chief Executive, Impetus- The Private Equity Foundation
Laura Round Communications Manager, Bright Blue (Chair)

 


 

Responding to the refugee crisis

Monday 3rd October 2016

21:00-23:00 | This event is by invitation only - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

David Burrowes MP Member, Home Affairs Committee 
David Goodhart Head of Integration, Policy Exchange   
Dan Hodges Columnist, The Mail on Sunday   
Mark Goldring CEO, Oxfam   
Diane Banks Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

 


 

In conversation with Chris Grayling

Monday 3rd October 2016

21:30-23:00 | Hall 6B, ICC, Birmingham

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP Secretary of State for Transport 
Darren McCaffrey Political Correspondent, Sky News 

 


 

Quality apprenticeships 

Tuesday 4th October 2016

08:30-10:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

Rishi Sunak MP 
Francis Martin President, British Chambers of Commerce
Stephen Exley Higher Education Editor, Times Educational Supplement
Katie O'Donovan 
Head of Apprenticeship and Education Policy, Google 
Ian Pretty Chief Executive, 157 Group
James Dobson Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair) 

 


 

Social justice for disabled people

Tuesday 4th October 2016

10:30-11:45 | This event is by invitation only - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

George Freeman MP Chair, Prime Minister's Policy Board  
Polly Toynbee Columnist, The Guardian
Anna Bird Executive Director of Policy and Research, Scope 
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

 


 

Responsible capitalism? Making the customer king

Tuesday 4th October 2016

12:45-14:00 | Fortissimo, Hyatt Regency, Birmingham

George Freeman MP Chair, Prime Minister's Policy Board 
Liam Halligan Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph  
Lewis Shand Smith
Chief Executive, Ombudsman Services  
Diane Banks Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

 


 

Conservatives, social mobility and the world of work 

Tuesday 4th October 2016

12:45-14:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham 

The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP Minister of State for Digital and Culture 
Ryan Shorthouse
Director, Bright Blue 
Frances O'Grady
General Secretary, TUC 
Rachel Sylvester Columnist, The Times (Chair)

 


 

Is our immigration system working for British businesses?

Tuesday 4th October 2016

15:45-17:00 | Exec Room 1, ICC, Birmingham

The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP   
Alp Mehmet MVO Vice Chair, Migration Watch 
Isabel Oakeshott Political Editor, The Daily Mail 
Professor Ian Preston
Professor of Economics, University College London
Julia Onslow-Cole Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers 
Alexandra Jezeph Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

The Economics Interview 

Tuesday 4th October 2016

15:30-17:00 | Room 101, Jurys Inn, Birmingham 

Margot James MP Minister for Small Business 
Martin McTague Policy Director, The Federation of Small Businesses 
Aditya Chakrabortty Senior Economics Commentator, The Guardian
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair) 

 


 

A revolution in our prison system?

Tuesday 4th October 2016

17:45-19:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham

Sam Gyimah MP Minister for Prisons and Probation 
Kit Malthouse MP
Ian Birrell Contributing Editor, The Mail on Sunday
Frances Crook Chief Executive, The Howard League
Lord Michael Farmer 
Nigel Fletcher Head of Research, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Do the Conservatives speak for the centre? 

Tuesday 4th October 2016

17:45-19:00 | Exec Room 2, ICC, Birmingham

Graham Brady MP Chair, 1922 Committee
Alan Mak MP  
Peter Oborne
Columnist, the Daily Mail  
Deborah Mattinson
Founding Director, Britain Thinks 
Tom Kibasi Director, IPPR 
Rachel Johnson Non-Exec Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

 


 

A marriage of convenience: what now for the EU and the UK?

Tuesday 4th October 2016

19:30-21:00 | Lismore, Hilton Garden Inn, Birmingham

Charlie Elphicke MP    
Jonathan Isaby Editor, BrexitCentral  
Professor Anand Menon Director, The UK in a Changing Europe  
Vicky Pryce
Former Head, UK Government Economics Service 
Sunder Katwala
Director, British Future
Rupert Myers Associate Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)  

 


 

Human Rights & Conservative Government 

Tuesday 4th October 2016

19:30-21:00 | Hall 9, ICC, Birmingham 

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Chair, Intelligence and Security Committee 
The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP
Chair, Women and Equalities Select Committee 
Crispin Blunt MP
Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee 
Ryan Shorthouse 
Director, Bright Blue
Martha Spurrier Director, Liberty
Fatima Manji Correspondent, Channel 4 News (Chair)

 


 

The future of work 

Tuesday 4th October 2016

21:00-23:00 | This event is by invitation only - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Jeremy Quin MP Member, Work and Pensions Select Committee
Anushka Asthana Journalist, The Guardian 
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

 


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