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The evenings are drawing in, the leaves are starting to fall and the scent of autumn is in the air – it must be party conference season!

Having hosted events at Labour Party conference and Liberal Democrat Party conference, Conservative Party conference in Manchester now beckons for Bright Blue.

After the roaring success of last year’s Drink Tank with the Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP we are delighted to confirm a Drink Tank for Conservative Party Conference 2015 – on Monday 5 October with the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP. We look forward to a lively discussion!

Throughout Conservative Party Conference we will be running fringe events to cater for every policy taste, from climate change to welfare, housing to market-regulation. The full list is as follows:


Sunday 4 October 

Should Conservatives still care about climate change? with EDF Energy

A nation of home owners? New ways to help first-time buyers with Pocket 

What should the Conservative Party stand for in 2020? with IPPR

Putting nothing to waste: a cleaner, greener economy with Unilever 

Getting Generation Y: what sort of future for young people? with National Citizen Service


Monday 5 October

Free market Britain? Getting markets to work better with Ombudsman Services 

Funding our future: caring for older people with AgeUK

What type of welfare system do we need? with StepChange Debt Charity 

The future of nuclear with the Nuclear Industry Association

University: is it worth it? with the University Alliance and GuildHE 

Making prison work with the Howard League for Penal Reform

Preparing for an ageing Britain: Who should pay? with Independent Age, RNIB, CentreForum and the Fabian Society


Tuesday 6 October 

Tackling working poverty the Conservative way with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Skills to pay the bills with Pearson 

Going it alone: supporting self-employed Britain with IPSE

How can social housing help create the Big Society? with Hanover 

What is blue-collar conservatism? with the Child Poverty Action Group

Further details on the timing and location of each event, along with full details of panel speakers, can be found here. 

We look forward to see you on the Conference Fringe, at the heart of the discussion.