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Bright Blue’s Fighting for Freedom? Conservatism, human rights and discrimination conference will explore and champion centre-right approaches to tackling all forms of discrimination in education, employment and wider society as part of the Prime Minister’s ‘Burning injustices’ agenda, and to strengthening human rights overseas as part of the Government’s post-Brexit ‘Global Britain strategy’.


08.45am Registration

09.00am Keynote speech by Dr Phillip Lee MP, the Minister for Human Rights

10.15am Panel discussion on ‘Tackling discrimination in the UK’


  • The Rt Hon Maria Miller MP Chair, Women and Equalities Select Committee
  • David Isaac Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Simon Woolley Chair, Government’s Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group
  • Sir Michael Tugendhat Former High Court Judge and author of Bright Blue’s Fighting for Freedom?
  • Olivia Utley Communications Manager, Bright Blue (Chair)

11.30am Panel discussion on ‘Championing human rights overseas’


  • The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP Former Secretary of State for International Development
  • Kate Allen Director, Amnesty International
  • Benedict Rogers Co-founder, Conservative Party Human Rights Commission
  • Anthony Smith Chief Executive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  • Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue
  • Anna Williams, Former Head of BBC World News (Chair)

12.30pm Networking lunch


Date and time: Tuesday 12th June, 2018, 08.45-13.30

Location: British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James, London, SW1Y 5AH

RSVP: This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. Please RSVP here.


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