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Aspiration Nation

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Join Bright Blue for our annual conference to generate and discuss the policies and political strategy that conservatism needs to adopt in the crucial year ahead to build an “Aspiration nation”. All are welcome to listen to keynote speeches and attend break-out sessions with leading politicians and opinion formers.


Date: Monday 7th July 2014, 10:00 – 17:30

…with an after-party for our members from 18:00 with Anna Soubry MP (Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans).

Venue: The Hub Westminster, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE, London.

The day:

10:15 Keynote speech by Lord Daniel Finkelstein 

Morning sessions 11:30-13:30:

Up-skilling Britain: Alok Sharma MP (Vice Chairman, The Conservative Party) and James O’Shaughnessy (Former Director of Policy, Number 10 Downing Street)

The housing market: Richard Blakeway (Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property, Greater London Authority)

Ending poverty: Danny Kruger (Chief Executive, Only Connect) and Cllr Brian Connell (Westminster Council)

Open for business: Dr Therese Coffey MP (PPS to Minister for Business and Energy) and Philip Salter (Director, The Entrepreneurs Network)

Energy security: Peter Franklin (Columnist, ConservativeHome)

Afternoon sessions 14:30-16:30:

How to deal with UKIP: Laura Sandys MP and Ian Birrell (Contributing Editor, The Daily Mail)

Britain’s future infrastructure: Nadhim Zahawi MP (Member, Number 10 Downing Street Policy Board)

Europe and the world: Douglas Carswell MP and Professor Tim Bale (Chair in Politics, Queen Mary University)

Winning in the North: Guy Opperman MP

Building from the grassroots: Paul Goodman (Editor, ConservativeHome) and Charles Heslop (Former President, Conservative National Convention)

16:45 Keynote speech by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Skills and Enterprise 

Our members will be able to attend our members-only after-party from 18:00 with Anna Soubry MP (Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans).


Guests include MPs, councillors, activists, journalists, business and third sector representatives, and campaigners.

Lunch and refreshments will be served throughout the day.


Attendance is free, but you will need to reserve a place. To RSVP please click here.

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