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The 2019 Bright Blue annual conference this year is entitled Fixing the future. This half-day conference will include a keynote speech by The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education.

The Government is currently consumed by Brexit. But Bright Blue remains determined to explore and promote domestic reform. In particular, we believe it is necessary for politicians and policymakers to better support young adults.


13.45pm Registration
14.00pm Welcome remarks by Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, and Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
14.05pm Keynote speech by The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Education Secretary
14.55pm Closing remarks by Colin Matthews CBE, Chairman, EDF Energy
15.00pm Coffee break
15.20pm First break-out sessions: Learning; Living; Thinking


  • Gillian Keegan MP
  • Zamzam Ibrahim, President Elect, National Union of Students
  • Cllr Oliver Cooper, Councillor, Camden Council


  • Bim Afolami MP
  • Victoria Spratt, Author, Tenants: Story of Britain’s Housing Shame
  • Professor Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
  • Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Shelter


  • Johnny Mercer MP
  • Mark Brown, Writer in Residence, Centre for Mental Health
  • Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Founder and CEO, stem4
  • Maria McNabb, Ambassador, Young Women’s Trust
  • Dr Ruth Caleb MBE, Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education (MWBHE) Group

16.30pm Coffee break
16.50pm Second break-out sessions: Earning; Conserving; Relating


  • Chris Philp MP
  • Lord Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation
  • Rebecca Lowe, Director, FREER
  • Emmanuel Balogun, Ambassador, Prince’s Trust


  • Antoinette Sandbach MP
  • Julian GloverChair, National Parks Review
  • Richard Nourse, Managing Partner, Greencoat Capital
  • Colin Matthews CBE, Chairman, EDF Energy


  • Nigel Huddleston MP
  • Nimco Ali OBE, Director, Daughters of Eve
  • Helen Pluckrose, Editor, Areo Magazine
  • Professor Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics, Kent University

18.00pm Close


Date:  Monday 8th July, 2019, 13:45 – 18:00

Venue: The Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7HH

RSVP: Here

If you have any questions about this event please contact Weronika Patyk at

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