29/09/2019

10.00 Conservative Party

Manchester Central : Exchange Auditorium

Meeting of the National Conservative Convention

A meeting of the National Conservative Convention. Party Members Only

10.30 Newcomers (Under 23)

Manchester Central : Charter 4

YCs Newcomers' Reception

A reception for Young Conservatives attending Conference for the first time. Party Members Only

10.30 Newcomers (over 23)

Manchester Central : Charter 3

Newcomers' Reception

A reception for Party Members attending Conference for the first time. Party Members Only

12.30 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Making the most of your time on the doorstep

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Do you want to get the most bang for buck on your campaign? We’ll reveal the best ways to maximise your efforts gathering data, recruiting postal voters and building a team to win."

12.45 Resolution Foundation

Midland Hotel : Alexandra B

The Future of Conservatism: How to win back younger voters

The Conservative Party needs cross-generational support to win the next election. How can it win back the under 45s who swung to Labour in 2017?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Neil O'Brien MP, Member of Parliament for Harborough and PPS to the Secretary of State for Justice
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation (Invited)
Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor, The Spectator
Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Invited)

Age is becoming the new class in elections, and the Conservative Party experienced a significant swing against them in 2017 among younger voters. Winning back the under-45s will be key to the Conservatives winning the next election – but attracting relatively pro-EU younger voters in a Brexit-focused election is going to be challenging. What suite of policies should the Conservative Party adopt to win back younger voters? Speakers: Robert Jenrick MP - Secretary of State for Housing, Communit

12.45 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) & United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Meeting the mental health challenge: Where is the workforce?

Talking Therapies Lunch and Networking Event

We would be delighted if you would drop in and join us for lunch and the opportunity to talk about the vital role talking therapies and psychological professionals such as counsellors and psychotherapists play in supporting the population’s mental health. Come and chat about issues of common interest, such as how the Government’s NHS workforce plans can meet the increased demand for professionals needed to provide a sustainable mental health workforce.

12.45 Scottish Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Fringe Event

13.00 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Passing the 'so what' test

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"How to write effective communications – from emails to leaflets to letters. Are you getting your message across in the most effective way possible? Possibly not. But we can help. We’ll take you through the tips and tricks of the copywriting trade. These come from professionals in the private sector as well as campaigners from across the country. So why not drop in?"

13.00 MAG (Mines Advisory Group)

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Overseas Development Aid, Mine Action and the National Interest

This fringe event considers what makes life-saving humanitarian assistance effective, and the opportunities and dilemmas of ‘the national interest’.

Overseas Development Aid saves lives and the UK has a strong heritage of leadership in global humanitarian response. This includes clearing landmines and unexploded bombs. We live in a world of increasingly complex emergencies and an ever-growing need to demonstrate to the public that aid works. This fringe event considers what makes life-saving humanitarian assistance effective as well as the opportunities and dilemmas of ‘the national interest’.

13.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

How to run a house meeting to help with your campaign

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Gather round for a step-by-step guide on hosting a house meeting. Discover how this simple but effective method of campaigning is winning over voters in front rooms, from Ashfield to York. "

13.15 Paul Waugh, Executive Editor, Politics, HuffPost UK

Manchester Central : Exchange 6 & 7 Combined

HuffPost UK WaughZone Live

HuffPost UK in Conversation with The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Health Secretary

Speakers:

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Invited)

Paul Waugh, Executive Editor, Politics, HuffPost UK speaks with The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Health Secretary

13.30 Youth Zone

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Crowdburst

Youth Forum: By Invitation Only. Young people engaged in community groups and charity campaigns, in discussion with MPs and party representatives.

Speakers:

Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield
Seena Shah, Executive Officer, Conservative Young Women (Chair)

Supported by Youth Zone charity-partners and young party members for discussion groups and debate on: democracy and political engagement; environment; mental health; and ‘hot topics’ of the day. Advance registration only. Contact jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

14.00 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Britain Beyond Brexit

Join George Freeman and fellow authors of Britain Beyond Brexit to discuss their vision for the future. See CPS website or the app for speaker info

Speakers:

Flick Drummond, Former MP (Portsmouth South)
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North

In May this year, the CPS and 2020 Conservatives published Britain Beyond Brexit the most significant collection of new Conservative ideas published for years. Edited by George Freeman MP, Britain Beyond Brexit sets out ideas to take Britain forward after Brexit. Join George, and a panel of contributors to the book to discuss their new vision for the Conservative Party.

14.00 Digital Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

How can party members and activists help the party online?

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Intended audience: Party Member and Activists (with no formal Association or local government role). Digital campaigning is now vital in the battle for votes. You - our loyal activists and members - are the front line when it comes to campaigning on the ground, and we want to equip you to be that same driving force online. This hour-long session is designed to demonstrate how you can use your existing digital presence and skills to help spread the Conservative message in the most effective w

14.00 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Building target audiences with Data.

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Using data to get your message out – to the right people about the right things. Would you send an InTouch about one ward to residents of another? Of course not. So why would you target a communication at people who aren’t likely to care about it? We’ll show you how to build target audiences for your campaigns – so you can win more votes."

14.30 ConservativeHome in partnership with NHBC

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

UK housing: how do we deliver for homeowners and address the critical challenges ahead?

Housing Minister, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, will be joined by industry leaders to discuss delivering more good quality new homes in the UK.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Lewis Sidnick, Director of Corporate Affairs, NHBC
David Montague, Chief Executive, L&Q
Jennie Daly, Group Operations Director, Taylor Wimpey
Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)

NHBC and ConservativeHome are pleased to be joined by the newly appointed Housing Minister, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, to discuss how we can work together to deliver more good quality new homes for the country and for homeowners. With emerging policy areas such as the forthcoming New Homes Ombudsman and Modern Methods of Construction breaking through, panellists will consider their potential effect on new build quality and supply as Government aims to achieve 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

14.45 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: How's it looking? Analysing VI Data

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

Tips to understand what your VI data is really telling you.

15.10 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: True value of local candidates

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Is there a benefit to local candidates? And can being local win more votes? Do local candidates do better? Yes. Do local candidates do better if they’ve lived in the area a long time? Not necessarily. Drop into this session and we’ll explain how to get the most value out of being a local candidate."

15.15 Institute of Economic Affairs & The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

The end of austerity: Why tax cuts are better than spending hikes

A panel discussion on the “end of austerity” and how the new government can still find room for tax cuts.

Speakers:

Christian May, Editor, City A.M. (Chair)
John O'Connell, Chief Executive, The TaxPayers' Alliance
Steve Baker MP
Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs
Julian Knight, Member of Parliament
Andrew Bowie, Member of Parliament

So-called austerity is apparently coming to an end. As Britain prepares for Brexit (and an election?), the purse strings have been loosened. While the government has committed to spend more, taxpayers have barely got a look-in. With the tax burden at a 50 year high, will taxpayers get to keep more of their own money anytime soon? Ministers have teased some big picture cuts to stamp duty and income tax, but what should be prioritised? And how do we do so in a fiscally responsible way?

15.30 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

The Fight for Free Schools

Free schools have been a success - but the programme is stalling. How can we revive it? See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield (Invited)
Unity Howard, Director, New Schools Network
Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First
Emily Duncan, COO, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
James Heywood, Senior Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)

With the 10-year anniversary of the free school programme fast approaching, this panel will analyse the success of the policy for the education system in the UK, why reforms are necessary to ensure its future success and how these reforms can be introduced. Join industry experts and Suella Braverman MP, author of our recent report on free schools, at this insightful panel.

15.30 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Abolishing the Backstop: preserving the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland

The Good Friday Agreement was a seminal moment for the island of Ireland

Speakers:

Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA, Leader, Democratic Unionist Party
Sir Graham Brady MP, Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West
Ray Bassett, Senior Fellow, Policy Exchange
Kate Hoey MP, MP for Vauxhall
Lord Jonathan Caine, Former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Dean Godson, Director, Policy Exchange (Chair)

The Good Friday Agreement was a seminal moment for the island of Ireland. For the first time the two communities agreed on power sharing and North-South cooperation: as such, it is a model of mutual consent. The Good Friday Agreement is now threatened by the Backstop - which unbalances that settlement and which transforms the relationship between Belfast and Dublin to the radical disadvantage of Belfast. So where now?

16.00 The Centre for Social Justice

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Restoring control, order and hope to our Prisons

Drinks Reception at the event.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, Secretary of State for Justice (Invited)
Ian Acheson , Former Prison Governor (Invited)
Julia Rogers, Managing Director , Serco
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner (Invited)
Rory Geoghegan , Head of Criminal Justice Unit, Centre for Social Justice (Chair)

Our prisons remain awash with drugs and violence, despite successive Ministers promising to get our prisons fit for the challenges of rehabilitation and keeping the public safe. Are our prisons universities of crime or places when we put a full stop to criminal behaviour? We will ask what role prisons can play as part of an ambitious approach to drive down crime and what the Conservative Party needs to do to get our prisons working again.

16.00 Tory Reform Group & The Counter Extremism Project

Manchester Central : Exchange 5

TRG Debate: Big Tech and Extremism

How should the Online Harms Bill be used to make tech firms take responsibility

Speakers:

Ian Acheson , Former Prison Governor (Invited)
Jim Gamble, CEO, Ineqe Group
Matthew Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Invited)
Garvan Walshe, Conservative Home (Chair)
Alicia Kearns, PPC

Despite promises, big tech companies continue to struggle to remove terrorist and extremist content. Tory Reform Group & The Counter Extremism Project host a debate on how the government's forthcoming Online Harms Bill can help tackle extremism online. Further details at www.trg.org.uk

16.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Atos

Manchester Central : Central 5

AI: Could we? Should we?

What potential does AI have to positively impact citizens in the near future and how do we ensure it serves all citizens equally?

Speakers:

George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)
Will Tanner, Director, Onward
Kulveer Ranger, SVP Strategy and Communications, Atos & former advisor to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
Anna Mikhailova, Deputy Political Editor, The Telegraph

As AI pushes the boundaries of technology, the issue of ethics is becoming more prominent. What potential does AI have to positively impact citizens in the near future and how do we ensure it serves all citizens equally?

16.00 Frack Free United

Manchester Central : Central 6

Drill or Drop? Is Fracking an electoral earthquake for the conservative party?

Is Fracking worth it? Time for a rethink? Examining the issues and impacts of fracking which affects over 190 seats including 40 marginals

Speakers:

Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, Ryedale District Council
Lee Rowley MP, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire (Invited)
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
Craig Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Earth
Diane Cheesebrough, Director (Chair)
Professor Simon Sweeney, Lecturer

It is clear that developing fracking in the UK will lead to unacceptable negative impacts on Local Communities, Health, Economies, Democracy, Environment and hamper efforts to tackle Climate Change. Panel Chr: Diane Cheesebrough Lee Rowley MP Professor Simon Sweeney - Snr Lecturer in International Political Economy and Business - Uni. of York Craig Bennett - CEO Friends of the Earth Barbara Richardson - Roseacre Awareness Group

16.00 Demos

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

Demos Drinks Reception

Demos Drinks Reception

Speakers:

Polly Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Demos
Helen Whately MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party

Demos Drinks Reception.

16.00 National Education Union

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Toxic testing - why fundamental reforms are needed now

Discussion around whether there is too much testing in our schools and what an alternative education system would look like

Speakers:

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Jack Felvus , Ambassador, Young Citizens
Kay Tart, Parent and Campaigner
Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards (Invited)

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16.00 Greater London Authority Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

The Big London Debate

Your chance to discuss the future of London

Speakers:

Shaun Bailey, Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London
Andrew Boff, London Assembly Member, GLA Conservatives (Chair)
Gareth Bacon, London Assembly Member, GLA Conservatives
Susan Hall, London Assembly Member, GLA Conservatives
Tony Arbour, London Assembly Member, GLA Conservatives
Tony Devenish, London Assembly Member, GLA Conservatives

An open discussion and debate on London policy, hosted by Andrew Boff AM, and several London Assembly Members. There will also be a speech from London Mayoral Candidate, Shaun Bailey AM. Party Members Only Sponsored by Free Now

16.00 Conservative Environment Network

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Can we burn wood for electricity & reach net zero?

Discussion of the role of biomass in a net zero economy considering the cost, carbon footprint and the international implications of UK policy

Speakers:

Benedict McAleenan, Senior Adviser, Policy Exchange
Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, The European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Sepi Golzari-Munro, Deputy Director (Strategy), Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)
Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Renewable Energy Association, Chief Executive

We need to work towards the UK's ambitious net zero target - does biomass fit within this new trajectory? Does it also fit with the UK's role as a global leader on climate change, especially in the lead up to hosting the UN Climate Conference in 2020? The UK has taken the lead as the fastest G7 nation to cut emissions whilst also growing its economy, and this proven commitment to clean growth means UK policy decisions have ramifications beyond our shores. What does this mean for British biomass?

16.00 Manchester Conservative Federation

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Can Manchester be Blue Again?

Panel discussion about new policy initiatives in Local Government such as Education & Transport to help elect Conservative Councillors in Manchester.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport (Invited)
Stephen Carlton-Woods, Broadcaster/ Radio Presenter, Greater Manchester Area Conservatives (Chair)
David Semple, Film Maker/ Writer, Manchester Conservative Federation
Damian Flanagan, Writer, Withington Conservative Association

Labour have controlled Manchester since 1972 with a Conservative opposition until 1997, when the last Conservative councillor was defeated. The Liberal Democrats have been the only opposition party on the council in recent years. The Conservative Party federated four of its Manchester constituencies fifteen years ago, performing poorly in elections since. Now, with a revival of the old associations taking place, there is an opportunity to take the party forward with fresh political initiatives

16.00 DevoConnect

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Are Cities Leaving Our Towns Behind?

Bringing together senior figures for a substantive discussion on the growing problem of geographic inequality between our towns and cities

Speakers:

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (Invited)
Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chicester (Invited)
Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England
Dan Corry, Chief Executive, New Philanthropy Capital
Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies
Prof Cathy Parker, Co-Chair, Institute of Place Management
RICS speaker, TBC
Sarah Weir, CEO, Design Council (Chair)
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)

The Government has indicated that one of its key priorities will be addressing the growing divide between our towns and cities. But what will it mean in practice to shift our focus from the city to places in general? How might we imagine growth models which focus on the needs of people outside cities? These questions are especially important after the Brexit vote, which drew many London-based observers’ attention to smaller towns and rural areas. What next for the highly centralised UK?

16.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Federation of Master Builders, CPRE – The countryside charity and National Housing Federation

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Housing and the economy: How do we invest in the homes we urgently need?

An unexpected alliance of bodies representing builders, housing associations and the countryside discuss how to invest to build the homes we need

Speakers:

Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
Tom Fyans, Deputy Chief Executive, CPRE - the Countryside Charity
Nick Hargrave, Columnist & Partner, ConservativeHome & Portland (Chair)

Beyond Brexit, housing will be a top policy priority for the new Prime Minister. This fringe session brings together an unexpected grouping of panellists representing builders, housing associations and countryside campaigners. Coming from different perspectives they will discuss how we can invest in building the homes communities need, by empowering SME builders and providing more social housing whilst protecting and enhancing our countryside.

16.00 ECR Group - Anthea McIntye MEP

Manchester Central : Charter 4

A Positive View for UK Business in Europe and the Wider World

A Panel event with BEIS Minister and small business representatives discussing Britain's opportunities in Europe and the wider world post Brexit

Speakers:

Lord Duncan of Springbank, Minister, Minister, Business,Energy and Industrial Strategy Department
Anthea McIntyre MEP, Member of the European Parliament, West Midlands, Conservative Party (Chair)
Mike Cherry OBE, National Chairman FSB, Federation of Small Businesses

Chaired by Anthea McIntyre MEP with BEIS Minister Lord Duncan and Mike Cherry OBE, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses

16.00 CWO/Action Aid

Midland Hotel : Houghton Suite

Trading out of gender inequality in a post-Brexit world

A roundtable event exploring the Government’s current approach to trade and development and the impact of this approach on women’s rights post-Brexit.

Speakers:

Farah Nazeer, Deputy Head of Advocacy, Action Aid
Dr Caroline Johnson MP, Member of Parliament, House of Commons
Adrienne Roberts, Senior Lecturer, International Polictics, Manchester University

The UK is recognised as a global leader in the fight for gender equality, including spearheading the 2018 Commonwealth-wide commitment to a gender-responsive trade policy. As new trading relationships are forged in preparation for leaving the EU, there are exciting opportunities for how UK trade agreements can advance the rights of women and girls here and around the world. This event will explore where we are and where we can go next for a trade policy that delivers for women and development.

16.15 Bright Blue with Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

Britain's future relationship with the EU

With Brexit imminent, this discussion will examine what sort of relationship the UK can and should have with the European Union in the future

Speakers:

Dr Günter Krings MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Invited)
Peter Foster, Europe Editor, The Daily Telegraph
Allie Renison, Head of EU and Trade Policy, Institute of Directors
John Springford, Deputy Director, Centre for European Reform
Felix Dane, Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Lord Martin Callanan, Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European, British Government (Invited)
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

16.15 Voluntary Party

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Local Government Selections, Best Practice

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

Understanding the selection rules for local government candidates. What they mean and what they don’t mean. Includes the recent 2019 amendments.

16.30 Institute of Economic Affairs and BP

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

2050? The pathway to net-zero carbon emissions

The government has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 but is that achievable? And what is the best way to get there?

Speakers:

Emma Revell, Communications Manager, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)
Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley
Andrew Pendleton, Director - Policy and Advocacy, New Economics Foundation
Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Institute of Economic Affairs
Peter Mather, Group Regional President, BP plc

Climate change has captured the public’s attention in 2019, with demonstrations springing up across the country. The UK government responded by legislating to achieve an ambitious net-zero emissions goal by 2050, ending the country’s contribution to global warming within 30 years. But is one of the world’s most ambitious climate targets achievable in just 3 decades? What is the best way to cut carbon emissions? And what role can the energy industry play?

16.30 Girlguiding

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Facing Our Future: hearing young people's voices in the fight back against plastic pollution

Girls and young women from the Girlguiding Advocate panel and senior party representatives

Speakers:

Abi Brown, Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Angela Salt , Chief Executive, Girlguiding (Chair)
Maria Caulfield, Member of Parliament, Conservative Party

Presentation and panel debate with Girlguiding youth panel members to explore ways to include young people in efforts to protect the environment and tackle plastic pollution – a topic Girlguiding’s Future Girl consultation with 76,000 of their young members showed girls care passionately about.

17.00 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

In Conversation with Rishi Sunak MP

CPS Director Robert Colvile talks to the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)

CPS Director Robert Colvile talks to the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, about his career, his work at the Treasury, the Government's objectives and the future of the Conservative movement.

17.00 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Challenging ‘Islamophobia’

Does the UK need a definition of anti-Muslim hate? Would it help or hinder integration?

Speakers:

Nusrat Ghani MP, Member of Parliament for Wealden
Peter Tatchell, Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
Qanta Ahmed, Author, Commentator and Physician
Trevor Phillips, Senior Fellow, Policy Exchange (Chair)

The government rejected a definition of Islamophobia proposed by the APPG on British Muslims arguing it would undermine counter terrorism and threaten media freedom - yet it is being widely adopted by local authorities, universities and others. Despite the fact that British Muslims remain at the foot of UK earnings the APPG’s report proposed nothing to tackle material obstacles to British Muslim equality. So does the UK need a definition of anti-Muslim hate? Would it help or hinder integration?

17.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Absent Voters, GOTPV and GOTV

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Don’t fall at the final hurdle. Make the hard work count with a plan to get out the vote in the final days of your campaign. With not-to-be-missed updates on postal voters, busting the myths, motivating your vote and the latest tools available to get you over the line. "

17.30 Railway Industry Association (RIA), Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL)

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

The Rail Interview

Supported by ABB, Angel Trains, Atkins, Porterbrook, Siemens and VolkerWessels. See the conference app for further details.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
Gwyn Topham, Transport Correspondent, The Guardian (Chair)

A one-to-one interview to discuss the Government’s priorities for rail

17.30 ConservativeHome in partnership with CIOB, RIBA, RICS and RTPI

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Economic Growth; How critical is it to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

The government’s bold vision for Britain requires continued investment in our Northern Powerhouse, pioneering ideas and fresh ways of doing things.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Henry Hill, Assistant Editor, ConservativeHome

The government’s bold vision for Britain requires continued investment in our Northern Powerhouse, pioneering ideas and fresh ways of doing things. This involves boosting the local economy by developing high-quality infrastructure, and connecting businesses, people and places. Priming cities, towns and villages to reach their full potential by investing in skills, innovation and connectivity is vital for the success in the North.

18.00 Crisis

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

Housing Benefit: The key to ending rough sleeping by 2027?

A panel event looking at how to ensure Housing Benefit covers the cost of housing in all local areas across Great Britain

Speakers:

Anne Ashworth, Assistant Editor, The Times (Chair)
Cllr Izzi Seacombe, Councillor, Warwickshire County Council (Invited)
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis
Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (Invited)
Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)
Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Invited)

An interactive panel discussion, the event will consider the role Housing Benefit has to play in helping the Conservative Party meet its manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by 2027. Using local data from new research, there will be an opportunity to find out how affordable housing is in your area for people in receipt of Housing Benefit.

18.00 Countryside Alliance and Conservative Rural Forum

Manchester Central : Exchange 4 & 5 Combined

Countryside Alliance and Conservative Rural Forum Joint Reception - Reengaing Rural Voters

A Joint reception on reengaging rural voters.

Speakers:

Tim Bonner, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance
Sir Richard Peek, Vice Chairman, Conservative Rural Forum, Conservative Rural Forum
Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Invited)

The rural vote cannot be taken for granted. Young people in the countryside are more likely to vote Labour than Conservative, according to recent polling. Now more than ever, politicians need to address the challenges of modern rural life.

18.00 CEN with the Offshore Wind Industry Council

Manchester Central : The Environment Zone

Welcome to the Greenest Conference Ever reception

Our opening conference reception - for conservatives who support conservation and decarbonisation

Speakers:

Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)
Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Benj Sykes, Co-Chair, Offshore Wind Industry Council
Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

A net zero emissions target and a 25 Year Environment Plan, world leading protections for animals at home and abroad, record generation from renewables and huge investments in international aid to build climate resilience. Conservatives have long been stewards of our planet, this conference we will both celebrate and explore some of these key commitments, to discover what it really means to leave our environment in a better state than we found it for future generations in a net zero world.

18.00 Tory Reform Group & Parliamentary Mainstream

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

One Nation Conservatives Reception

Bringing together party members and Conservative parliamentarians to promote the One Nation tradition

Speakers:

Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, Secretary of State for Justice
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Owen Meredith, National Chairman, Tory Reform Group (Chair)

Join TRG and Parliamentary Mainstream for our annual reception to open conference on Sunday evening, supporting and promoting the values of One Nation Conservatives. Further details at www.trg.org.uk

18.00 Youth Zone

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Welcome To The Youth Zone

Official Opening and reception to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Youth Zone. Speakers include youth sector leaders and senior party representatives.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education (Invited)
Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party (Invited)
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield
Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police
Ann Limb, Chair, The Scouts

Celebrating ten years of the Youth Zone: presenting a programme of events, open to all ages, on the intergenerational challenges and opportunities for the economy, environment and society. Committed to #BackYouth in a new compact with government and civil society; supporting young people in the present, ambitious for their future. See full listings for all the fringe events taking place in the Youth Zone during conference.

18.00 Bright Blue with Child Poverty Action Group

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

Forgotten about families? The conservative case for investing in children

A discussion to examine whether, after a decade of fiscal retrenchment, there is a need to increase investment in vital public services for children

Speakers:

The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation
Jo Casebourne, Chief Executive, Early Intervention Foundation
Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue
Ayesha Hazarika, Editor, The Londoner, Evening Standard (Chair)
Sir Peter James Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, British Government (Chair) (Invited)

18.00 The Conservative Disability Group (CDG)

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Inclusive Tourism For Disabled People

'How do we make the UK the world's most accessible tourist destination for disabled visitors?'

Speakers:

Barry Ginley, Chairman CDG, CDG

Speakers: Jeremy Balfour MSP - Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party, Disability Spokesperson Barry Ginley - Chairman, CDG Diane Lightfoot - CEO, Business Disability Forum Justin Tomlinson MP (Invited) - Minister for Disabled People Accessibility: A speech to text facility will be provided Twitter: @The_C_D_G Web: www.conservativedisabilitygroup.com

18.00 The Smith Institute and the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Can we make a just transition to a green economy?

How can we invest in a just transition to a net zero emission economy that does not come at a high cost to some employees and regions?

Speakers:

Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester (Chair)
Guy Opperman MP, Member of Parliament for Hexham and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
Isabella Gornall, Managing Director, Seahorse Environmental Communications
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Cllr Doug McMurdo, Chairman, LAPFF (Chair)

Speakers: Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) – invited; Vicky Ford MP (Member, House of Commons Science and Technology Committee); Sarah Newton MP (Member of the Conservative Environment Network); Claire Perry MP (President of the 2020 UN Climate Change Summit) - invited; Cllr Doug McMurdo (Chair of LAPFF); Chair: Richard Graham MP

18.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with British Future

Manchester Central : Central 5

When is immigration good for Britain?

How should this government approach immigration? Will it continue to be a polarising issue or could changing public attitudes lead to more consensus?

Speakers:

Daniel Hannan MEP, Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph
Alberto Costa MP, Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire
Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future
Salma Shah, Former Special Adviser to Sajid Javid
Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

How should the new government approach immigration after Brexit? Should the Prime Minister take a different approach to Theresa May? Will immigration continue to be a controversial and polarising issue – or could changing public attitudes lead to more consensus on how to get immigration and integration policy right for Britain? Join us to discuss how immigration policy can strike a balance to regain public trust after Brexit.

18.00 Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Crest Nicholson

Manchester Central : Exchange 2 & 3 Combined

How do we deliver homes quickly and within high-quality communities?

Creating high-quality homes and great places

Speakers:

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)
Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)
Chris Tinker, Interim Chief Executive, Crest Nicholson
Mary Parsons, Commissioner, Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission
Helen Davies, Home Editor, The Sunday Times (Chair)

This event will explore the challenges and opportunities of delivering high-quality housing quickly while also creating great places.

18.00 The Times Red Box thetimes.co.uk/redbox

Manchester Central : LondonLounge

The Times in conversation with Liz Truss

Matt Chorley interviews Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, the interview will later feature on the Times Red Box podcast.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
Matt Chorley, Red Box editor and columnist, The Times (Chair)

18.00 Bond and Conservative Friends of International Development

Manchester Central : Exchange 6 & 7 Combined

Bond and Conservative Friends of International Development Drinks Reception

How a Conservative government can lead Global Britain that ends extreme poverty, climate change and delivers Sustainable Development Goals

Speakers:

Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Member of Parliament for Royal Sutton Coldfield (Invited)
Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for International Development
Jeremy Lefroy MP, Member of Parliament for Stafford, West Midlands (Chair)
Amy Le Coz, Co-Director, Conservative Friends of International Development
Dina Black, Co-Director, Conservative Friends of International Development
Stephanie Draper, Chief Executive, Bond

Conservative governments have led the way in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges, but can conservatism lead the way in ending ongoing global poverty and tackling climate change? Hear Secretary of State Alok Sharma share his vision for DFID and how a Conservative government can lead a Global Britain that ends extreme poverty, climate change, and delivers the Sustainable Development Goals.

18.00 Onward

Manchester Central : Charter 3

Rt Hon Rory Stewart MP: speech and Q&A

Rory Stewart, former International Development Secretary and leadership contender, will give a speech and take part in a Q&A with Danny Finkelstein

Speakers:

Rt Hon Rory Stewart OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border
Lord Danny Finkelstein, Chairman, Onward (Chair)

Rory Stewart leapt onto the public stage this year, with an insurgent leadership campaign that took Westminster and beyond by surprise. Hosted by Onward, Rory – now on the backbenches – will give a speech and take part in a Q&A with award-winning journalist and Conservative peer Danny Finkelstein. They will discuss the future of the Conservative Party, Britain’s exit from the European Union, and the future of the centre ground in British politics.

18.00 Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar

Midland Hotel : Alexandra B

Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar, Reception

Speakers:

Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister, Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar

Drinks and Canapés Reception

18.00 Chairman's Reception

Manchester Central : Charter 1

Chairman's Reception

18.00 West Midlands Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

West Midlands Regional Reception

A reception for Conservative Party Members from the West Midlands region

18.30 Institute of Economic Affairs & The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

ThinkTent drinks reception (invitation only)

A private drinks reception with remarks from a Cabinet Minister.

Speakers:

John O'Connell, Chief Executive, The TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North
Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House of Commons
Mark Littlewood, Director-General, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)

A private drinks reception with remarks from a Cabinet Minister.

18.30 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Brexit and beyond: what happens after 31st October?

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP in discussion with Iain Martin

Speakers:

Iain Martin, Times columnist, Editor of Reaction (Chair)
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, in discussion with Iain Martin, Editor of Reaction, on the future of the UK after Brexit.

18.30 East Midlands Conservatives

Midland Hotel : Trafford Room

East Midlands Regional Reception

A reception for Conservative Party Members from the East Midlands region

18.30 South West Conservatives

Manchester Central : Charter 4

South West Regional Reception

A reception for Conservative Party Members from the South West region

18.45 Youth Access

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Make Our Rights A Reality

A Policy Roundtable, by invitation. Young Advocates, policy-makers and party representatives including Tim Loughton MP, Chair, APPG Children (invited)

Speakers:

Tim Loughton MP, Chair, APPG Children (Invited)
Rosamund McNeil, Assistant General Secretary, National Education Union (Invited)
Giles Dilnot, Director of Communications and External Affairs, Office of the Children's Commissioner for England (Chair)
Teresa Heritage, Cllr, Local Government Association

In their campaign – Our Minds Our Future – young people all over the country are teaming up to have their say on the mental health system and in how services are run. Young people will lead this discussion on policy and practice with senior party representatives and guests. By Invitation Only, contact jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

19.00 Centre for Policy Studies in association with JUUL Labs

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

New Generation Reception

Join 2015 and 2017 MPs, SpAds, ministers and media commentators in a celebration of the Conservative Party's bright new thinkers.

Join the Centre for Policy Studies for the annual New Generation Reception, to celebrate the brightest talents on the centre-right in UK politics. There will be a whisky reception, with short speeches from the CPS' Director and a Senior Cabinet Minister. Invite only.

19.30 Maritime UK

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

The Maritime Reception

Come and join us for a ‘tot’ of rum at the launch of the Maritime Reception, where we will discuss the future of Britain’s £40bn maritime sector.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Industry and Business
Harry Theochari, Chief Executive, Maritime UK

Splice the Mainbrace! Come and join us for a ‘tot’ of rum at the launch of the Maritime Reception. Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to promote the sector, influence government and drive growth. Join as we talk about the tremendous opportunities for our maritime nation, with the global maritime sector set to double to $3trn – and that ‘tot’ of rum.

20.00 The Fair Education Alliance and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

The Fair Education Alliance Reception: 500-years to close the gap - we need a new approach

By invitation only. To request a ticket, please get in touch on amy.faux@epi.org.uk.

Speakers:

Rt Hon. David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
Samantha Butters, Chief Executive, Fair Education Alliance
Michelle Donelan MP, Minister for Children and Families (Invited)
Vanessa Odgen, Chair, Fair Education Alliance

The purpose and mission of the FEA is to harness collective action in order to close the disadvantage gap so that children’s educational success is not limited by their socio-economic background. Earlier this year, the FEA and the EPI published a major report which found that over recent years there has been a dramatic slowing down in the closure of the disadvantage gap. This conference reception follows the launch of this report and will discuss solutions to its concerning findings.

20.00 Blue Collar Conservatism

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

BLUE COLLAR CONVERSATIONS: HOW CAN THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY RECONNECT WITH WORKING PEOPLE?

Join us for a classic Blue Collar Conservatism event. Please email contact@bluecollarconservatism.co.uk to request an invitation.

Speakers:

Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Join Esther McVey MP, Minister for Housing, Ben Bradley MP, PPS to MHCLG, and special guests for a classic Blue Collar Conservatism event with interactive and lively discussion. To request an invitation please email contact@bluecollarconservatism.co.uk.

20.00 British Tamil Conservatives Annual Reception

Midland Hotel : The Tea Rooms

Tamil Conservatives Reception

Annual Event Cocktail Reception

BTC Annual Reception hosted by Paul Scully MP joined by Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP Zac Goldsmith MP and other Ministers and MPs including Robert Halfon MP Andrew Rosindell MP Bob Blackman MP James Cleverly MP and Jackie Doyle Price MP Drinks and canapes served. Contact:hazel.weinberg@tamilconservatives.com

20.00 Scottish Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Reception

The Leader of the Scottish Conservatives welcomes members to the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Reception

20.00 London First

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

The London Reception

London First drinks reception with Shaun Bailey and Peabody

Join 2020 London Mayoral candidate, Shaun Bailey, and politicians and opinion formers from across the capital at a drinks reception to kick off the Conservative party conference. This event is organised by London First and kindly sponsored by Peabody.

20.00 The Welsh Conservative Party

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Welsh Conservatives Drinks Reception

Private Members Event

Speakers: Rt. Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales; Paul Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales; Byron Davies, Chairman of The Welsh Conservative Party. Event kindly sponsored by Calor.

20.15 Conservative Friends of Cyprus

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

Conservative Friends of Cyprus Annual Reception

Join our annual reception to hear about the historic & deeply rooted UK-Cyprus relationship & the work we do to support closer ties. (Est. 1992).

Speakers:

Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Invited)
Jason Charalambous, Solicitor-Advocate, Conservative Friends of Cyprus (Chair)
Dr Ian Twinn CBE, Consultant, Conservative Friends of Cyprus
Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, Minister of State for Europe and the Americas
HE Mr Andreas Kakouris, High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Kingdom, High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus

CFCyprus is a volunteer-run organisation that promotes the values and ideals of the Conservative Party across the UK and works to strengthen the bond between the UK and the Republic of Cyprus. As important Commonwealth and European partners, with a large Cypriot community in the UK and sizeable British expat community in Cyprus, the UK and Cyprus enjoy deep historic and modern-day ties. Don't miss our reception and the chance to hear about the latest developments in this important relationship!

21.00 Bright Blue with Britain's Beer Alliance

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Drink Tank

Join us for a drink and a chat at Bright Blue's flagship annual event at the start of Party Conference

Speakers:

Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)
Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive, The British Beer & Pub Association (Invited)

21.00 Conservative Environment Network

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

D.I.S.C.O.

The afterparty to our opening reception - to celebrate the opening of the greenest conference ever

The environment is the number one issue that young people want to hear more about from their politicians - join us at our opening reception afterparty and disco and find out more about CEN.

21.00 British Italian Conservatives

Midland Hotel : Trafford Room

British Italian Conservatives Reception

“Un Caffe’ in Compagnia” CONVERSAZIONE SUL PRESENTE E SUL DESTINO (Conversation on present and destiny).

21.30 Our Future Skies

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

The Aviation Reception – A Global & Connected Britain

Join us for drinks, where you will have the opportunity to network whilst also learning about the transformation of our skies in the next few years.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
Tim Alderslade, Our Future Skies & CEO, Airlines UK
Cheryl Monk, Our Future Skies & Head of Communications, Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG)

The UK’s connections and trade with its global counterparts is more important than ever. How do we make sure we retain and expand these connections, whilst also doing so sustainably? What does a quicker, quieter and cleaner travel look like in the future? On the first night of Conference, join us for evening drinks at The Aviation Reception where you will have the opportunity to network whilst also learning about the transformation of our skies in the next few years.

21.30 North of England Conservatives

Manchester Central : Charter 1

Northern Regional Reception

A reception for Conservative Party Members from the Northern region

22.00 Conservative Voice

Midland Hotel : The Tea Rooms

Conservative Voice Drinks Reception

Conservative Voice Drinks Reception, The Tea Rooms, Midland Hotel with Guest Speaker, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary

Speakers:

Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department

Conservative Voice is delighted to welcome Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary, as our Guest Speaker at our annual Party Conference Drinks Reception.

20.30 Epilepsy Society and the National Association of Local Councils

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP : Hallé Lounge Bar

Drinks Reception

Building strong and supportive communities, improving quality of life

Speakers:

Government Minister - TBC, Minister of State (Invited)
Clare Pelham, CEO, The Epilepsy Society
Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman, National Association of Local Councils
Tom Redfearn, Regional Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager , Alzheimer’s Society’s Policy

Epilepsy Society and NALC are delighted to invite you to a drinks reception to raise awareness of hidden disabilities and the role local government, including local (parish and town) councils, can play to improve people’s quality of life. Refreshments provided No conference pass required 1 minute walk from Secure Zone

14.00 The Conservative Christian Fellowship & Conservative Muslim Forum

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester M2 3WS : The Barbirolli Room

Inter-Faith Reception

Religious Freedom & Unity

Speakers:

Nusrat Ghani MP, Member of Parliament for Wealden (Invited)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth, The United Nations and South Asia (Invited)
Lord Mohamed Sheikh, Baron of Cornhill, City of London (Invited)
Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Member of Parliament North East Bedfordshire (Invited)
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

Speakers: Senior Cabinet Minister (invited); Lord Sheikh, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (TBC); Refreshments provided No conference pass required Register attendance at ccf@conservatives.com 4 minute walk from Secure Zone

18.30 Centre for Cities and KPMG

Manchester Art Gallery : Atrium

City Reception: Welcome to Manchester

Welcoming Conservative Party Conference to Manchester

Speakers:

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities (Chair)
Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)
Chris Fletcher, Marketing and Campaigns Director, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

This event is invitation only. Please contact rsvp@centreforcities.org for details.

18.00 One Nation Caucus sponsored by Octopus

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester : Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Room 19/20

One Nation Rally

Enquiries please email - invitation@octopusgroup.com

Speakers:

Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)
Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Former First Secretary of State (Invited)

Hear One Nation ideas from; Speakers: Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP

15.30 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

The gender voting gap: How can political parties better respond to female voters' concerns?

A panel event on how to better engage and respond to female voters

Speakers:

Caroline Criado Perez, Campaigner and Writer (Invited)
Helen Whately MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party
Rachel Maclean MP, Member of Parliament of Redditch in Worcestershire
Sian Hansen, Associate Director, Onward (Chair)
Ella Robertson, Chairman, Conservative Young Women
Aceil Haddad, Head of PR, Pregnant Then Screwed

This panel event will consider how to best respond to female voters and close the growing gender voting gap. It will see leading female MPs set out their ideas for reform.

12.45 Bright Blue with Human Rights Watch

Jury's Inn Manchester : Rochdale Suite

Is welfare reform working? Poverty and hunger in modern Britain

Austerity has been criticised for exacerbating hardship. In this event, we will debate the nature, scale and effects of destitution in modern Britain

Speakers:

Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
Devan Ghelani, Director and Founder, Policy in Practice
Heather Walters, Expert by experience, Church Action on Poverty
Kartik Raj, Western Europe Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)
David Anthony Freud, Former Minister of Welfare (Invited)

20.00 Octopus and Prospect Magazine

Dirty Martini, 1 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR : Dirty Martini, 1 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR

Parliamentary Staff Reception

Join us to start party conference off with a bang! A reception for Parliamentary Staffers

Drop your MP off at their last event of the day and join us to start party conference off with a bang! A reception for Parliamentary Staffers.

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07.45 Centre for Policy Studies in association with the City of London Corporation

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Supporting Global Britain: the Strength of UK Financial Services After Brexit (Private Roundtable)

Financial sector experts join policy-makers to discuss how the UK can remain an epicentre for financial services after Brexit.

Speakers:

Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair, City of London Corporation
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
John Glen MP, Member of Parliament for Salisbury and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister

What are the prospects for UK financial services after Brexit? This roundtable discussion, featuring financial sector experts and policymakers, will examine the possible outcomes for UK financial services after Brexit, and what the Government should prioritise. Invite only.

07.45 National Youth Agency

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Local Youth Partnerships

Policy Roundtable, by invitation-only. Contact jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

Speakers:

Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield
Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Chairman, Local Government Association
Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency
Amanda Martin, President, National Education Union

Youth services have all but disappeared from some communities. Does this matter? Too many young people do not have family or social networks to support them. We have a vibrant voluntary sector and a statutory review for local authorities. How can we shape and deliver effective local youth services together? Speakers include: Ben Bradley MP, Vice-Chair. APPG Youth Affairs; Leigh Middleton, CEO, National Youth Agency; Local Government Association representative; Youth Sector Leaders & Guests

08.00 Institute of Economic Affairs and Aurora

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Time to Lead: The case for medical cannabis

Doctors can now describe medical cannabis in certain circumstances but can Britain take bolder action and lead from the front?

Speakers:

Syed Kamall, Academic and Research Director, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)
Robert Courts MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Small and Micro Business
Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Rachel Cunliffe, City A.M., Comment and Features Editor
Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora

Developed nations are increasingly looking to medical cannabis as treatment for conditions such as chronic pain. Although UK doctors have been allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis since November 2018, patients continue to report difficulties accessing the drug. Is it time Britain took bolder action and lead from the front? What can the UK do to help widen access to medical cannabis? Can the UK become a world leader in this area of innovative healthcare? (Breakfast, tea & coffee served)

08.00 Countryside Alliance

Manchester Central : Exchange 2 & 3 Combined

Unpacking Environmentalism

What do people believe should be the priority for government action on the environment, and how should the Conservatives address these challenges?

Speakers:

Abi Kay, Chief Reporter, Farmers Guardian (Chair)
Neil Parish , MP
George Eustice, Minister (Invited)
Guy Miscampbell, Research Fellow, Onward
Tim Bonner, Chief Executive, Countryside Alliance
Johnny Heald, Managing Director, ORB International

Polling has shown that the environment is one of the issues that voters care about most, particularly younger voters. What is less well understood is what people think about when talking about the environment. A wide range of issues from deforestation and soil erosion to meat consumption and animal rights have all been described as environmental issues. In order to address environmental concerns, we must put the environmental debate in context and understand people's priorities and concerns.

08.00 CampaignForce

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Stand up, Serve again- the Armed Forces in politics

A panel discussion hosted by CampaignForce with well-known politicians and guests about how military veterans can serve once again in our politics

Speakers:

Flick Drummond, Former MP (Portsmouth South)
Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair, Select Committee on Foreign Affairs (Invited)
Jonny Ball, Founder, CampaignForce (Chair)
Tony Harris, Veteran Speaker and Businessman

CampaignForce’s mission is to inspire, train and coach those who have served, to stand up, and serve again in public life. We are the only organisation in the UK with a programme of events that actively engages with the Armed Forces community around a future in politics and have cross-party support. We are a not-for-profit campaign that sets out to get more veterans and reservists into politics at every level, and our team has decades of experience gained from the front-line of politics

08.00 Royal College of GPs

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Is the NHS fit for the future? Wearables, wifi and workforce

Is the NHS fit for the future? Wearables, wifi and workforce

Speakers:

Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Invited)
Andy Gregory, Health Editor, The Sunday Times (Chair)
Simon Gillespie, CEO, British Heart Foundation
Christina Cornwell, Director, Nesta

General practice is the front line of the health service, carrying out over a million consultations every day, and plays a vital role in easing pressure on the rest of the NHS. But is the service fit to face the challenges of the future? This breakfast panel discussion brings together experts from healthcare, journalism and policy alongside our invited guest, the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, to explore how to ensure that general practice is fit for the future.

08.00 Cranfield University and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

Completing the UK's Silicon Valley: the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and a new university in Milton Keynes

This session will ask, can MK:U, a proposed new university backed by Cranfield University, deliver the business-ready graduates the UK economy needs?

Speakers:

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week
Rt Hon. David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute
Michelle Donelan MP, Minister for Children and Families (Invited)
Professor Lynette Ryals OBE, Chief Executive, MK:U
Manroop Khela, Chief Transformation Officer , Santander UK

At the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, with successful financial and engineering industries, and located along the East West Rail and Expressway, Milton Keynes is well-placed to replicate attributes of the Silicon Valley. Backed by Cranfield University, renowned for its world-leading STEM provision, MK:U is a proposed new university designed to utilise the opportunities of the Arc. This includes a supply of highly-qualified tech specialists and an ecosystem of local and global businesses.

08.00 Planning Futures in partnership with BECG

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

Infrastructure, Housing Delivery and… Regional Planning?

This panel discussion will explore how infrastructure planning and delivery at the local and regional levels can help to drive housing delivery

Speakers:

George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Steve Norris, Chairman of Council, NIPA, NIPA, Norris McDonough LLP
Nick Harris, CEO, Stonewater

Adequate infrastructure provision is central to sustainable housing delivery. In the UK, however, infrastructure provision is often an afterthought. This event will explore what local authorities and house builders’ can do to ensure that infrastructure is provided for new and extended settlements. It will also explore how infrastructure can be delivered strategically at the regional level.

08.00 CWO/Women2Win/ConservativePolicyForum

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

Where has the female vote gone?

This panel will explore the current state of the female vote and how the Party has always renewed itself by focusing on modern working women.

Speakers:

Flick Drummond, Former MP (Portsmouth South)
Professor Tim Bales, Professor, Queen Mary's, University of London (Invited)
Fleur Butler, National Chairman, Conservative Women's Organisation (Chair)
Virginia Crosbie, Director, Women2Win

The 2017 election saw a decline in the vote of working age women, with a swing away from the Conservatives in women in their mid 30s of 18%. These are the women who have families, homes and were our core vote under Mrs Thatcher. It was more a Working Women Walkout, than the heralded “youth quake”. Yet no one is talking about it. The CWO, Women 2 Win, and the CPF will discuss the female vote and how vital it is to the Party to renew its female membership and show it is listening to women.

08.00 Institute for Government and Association for Project Management

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

How can government deliver better public services without breaking the bank?

Is it realistic to expect technology to deliver meaningful public service savings?

Speakers:

Jesse Norman MP, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire and Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Chris Cook, Editor, Tortoise Media
Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute for Government
David Thomson, Head of External Affairs, Association for Project Management
Gavin Freeguard, Programme Director, Head of Data and Transparency, Institute for Government (Chair)

Technology has the potential to improve services and save money. High profile IT projects have not always been managed well, the ease of using online services such as driving licence renewals show what can be achieved. Can government apply lessons from previous projects to future public service reforms? Where can technologies be deployed most effectively? Is it realistic to expect technology to deliver meaningful public service savings? If not, where will savings come from?

08.00 Institute for Government, Royal College of Nursing and Cancer Research UK

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

What does spending uncertainty mean for the health and care service?

What impact will the Spending Review delay have on the health and care service?

Speakers:

Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair, Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Board
Nick Davies, Programme Director, Institute for Government (Chair)
Emma Greenwood, Director of Policy, Cancer Research UK
Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

A full three-year Spending Review, originally planned for this Autumn, has been delayed until 2020. This Spending Review would provide certainty for critical parts of the health service that are not covered by the £20bn of additional NHS funding pledged by the Government last year. What impact will this delay have on the health and care workforce and on the system’s ability to provide safe and effective care for patients? What should the Government prioritise in the Spending Review?

08.00 Digital Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Breakfast with Facebook & Twitter

Conservative Party Training Session - Invitation Only

08.00 RSPCA

Midland Hotel : Houghton Suite

Building a kinder generation: the impact of social media on young people, crime and animal welfare

Join the RSPCA to discuss the role that social media can play in both enabling and preventing animal cruelty amongst young people

Social media is playing an increasing role in animal cruelty - and other types of crime - committed by young people. At the same time, it is a vital tool for getting educational and preventative messages to the widest possible audience. This event will discuss the challenges social media poses and how we can harness it to improve animal welfare and build the next generation of animal lovers. Please note: this event is invitation only. For more information contact rachel.williams@rspca.org.uk.

08.00 National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Doing good in the 2020s: how can charities, business, and the state build stronger communities

This is a private roundtable: If you want like to attend please email roshni.mistry@ncvo.org.uk

The rise of social enterprises and mission-led businesses means there are more opportunities for charities to work closely with business to improve people’s lives. This roundtable will discuss how we can build stronger community links through collaboration between charities, business, and the state, consider how existing collaboration can be expanded, and identifying areas which should be priorities for cross-sector collaboration.

08.15 Social Market Foundation with The UK in a Changing Europe

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Does Britain need a deal with the EU?

Should Britain exit the European Union with or without a deal? Join our panel to discuss.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Commons)
Professor Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe
James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)

With the latest Brexit deadline looming and the political pendulum still swinging between deal or no deal, join the SMF and The UK in a Changing Europe to discuss whether Britain needs a deal with the EU. Why has getting a deal proved so polarising? Is leaving without a deal now the only option? And will Britain thrive or decline if it opts to exit with no deal? Refreshments: 08:15; Start time: 08:30.

08.15 Bright Blue with Freedom from Torture

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

An authoritarian turn? How Britain can best stand up for individual rights around the world

A discussion exploring the rise of authoritarianism globally, and how post-Brexit Britain can play a role in defending individual rights overseas

Speakers:

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield
Daniel Holtgen, Director of Communications and Spokesperson for the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe
Peter Oborne, Columnist, Daily Mail (Invited)
Sayed Alwadaei, Director of Advocacy, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy
Sonya Sceats , Chief Executive, Freedom from Torture
Kolbassia Haoussou, Co-Founder & Co-ordinator, Survivors Speak OUT
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

08.30 Openreach

Manchester Central : LondonLounge

How do we deliver the UK’s Ultrafast future?

Openreach is hosting a panelled event in the London Lounge on how to deliver the UK’s Ultrafast future?

Speakers:

Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford (Invited)
Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
Matthew Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Kevin Schofield, Editor, PoliticsHome (Chair)
Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach

08.30 Dexcom

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

Placing technology at the heart of the healthcare system: how to improve access to support for patients across the UK

Panel event exploring how UK can maximise benefits of - and better harness - technology in healthcare for patients and families

Speakers:

Daniel Korski , CEO, PUBLIC
Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor, The Telegraph (Chair)
Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, Founder and Chairman of the All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Invited)
Ben Byrne , National Sales Manager, Dexcom

08.30 techUK & Nominet

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

Making the UK an international leader in cybersecurity

As the Government develops the National Cybersecurity Strategy for post-2021 we look at the role of a healthy cybersecurity market in the UK.

Speakers:

Vinous Ali, Associate Director of Policy, techUK (Chair)
Simon Staffell, Head of Public Affairs, Nominet (Invited)
Nigel Adams MP, Minister of State for Sport, Media and Creative Industries (Invited)
James Morris MP, Chair of APPG on Cyber Security (Invited)
Grace Cassy, Co-Founder, CyLonLabs & Epsilon Advisory Partners (Invited)

As set out in the Government’s 2018 Cybersecurity Export Strategy “the accelerated pace of digital change brings a great opportunity to promote the UK’s cyber security expertise to international markets.” The panel will explore ways in which the UK can cement its place as an international leader in cybersecurity and what the opportunities and challenges are to achieving this.

08.30 Demos

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

In Conversation with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

In Conversation with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Speakers:

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Director of CASM, Demos

Demos Director of CASM, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, sits down with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for DCMS, to discuss the internet for good.

08.45 National Landlords Association and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

21st Century housing options: landlords, the state, or the streets?

Join us to discuss the biggest shake up in the private renting sector

Speakers:

Chris Norris, Director of Policy and Practice, National Landlords Association
Steve Bloomfield, Deputy editor, Prospect Magazine (Chair)
Dawn Foster, Columnist
Cllr John Fuller, Leader of South Norfolk District Council
Greg Beales, Campaign Director, Shelter

With the Government planning the biggest shake up of private renting for thirty years through the abolition of assured shorthold tenancies, we ask if landlords don’t house ‘problematic’ tenants, who does the responsibility fall to?

09.00 Institute of Economic Affairs

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Paternalism Overload: Has the Nanny State gone too far?

Public health policy is dominated by puritanical objectives, but what is the right balance between protecting the vulnerable and the freedom of adults

Speakers:

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Darren Grimes, Digital Manager, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Tim Stanley, Leader Writer, The Telegraph
Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield

Force is a tactic used by politicians of all parties when it comes to controlling our lifestyles and personal decision-making. From banning adverts of strawberries and cream on public transport, to Scotland's minimum alcohol pricing policy, our public health policy has become dominated by puritan objectives. What is the right balance between protecting the vulnerable and the freedom of adults? What are the differences between public and private health issues? Has the Nanny State gone too far?

09.00 ZeroC campaign

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

ZeroC: how market based mechanisms can get us to Net Zero

Discussing how market-based mechanisms help transition a net zero economy where carbon polluters pay and the less well-off are not unfairly impacted

Speakers:

Polly Billington, Director, UK100
Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
Alex Chalk MP, Member of Parliament for Cheltenham
Georgia Berry, Chief of Staff to OVO Energy’s CEO and founder, OVO Energy
Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group

The UK government has committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, but a goal alone is not enough. We will explore how putting a price on carbon emissions can make those most responsible for pollution pay whilst ensuring those who can least afford it won’t be unfairly penalised & how might this work in practice. The ZeroC campaign is calling for the introduction of General Carbon Charge, to account for carbon pollution within the price of goods & return the money raised to citizens.

09.00 Royal College of Midwives

Manchester Central : Central 7

Keeping Her in Mind: How can we ensure that new mothers get the best mental health care and support?

More than 1 in 10 new mothers will experience mental health problems before or after the birth of a child. What can be done to improve care & support?

Speakers:

Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
Maria Bavetta, Champion Network Manager, Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Gill Walton, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
Lucy Denyer, Deputy Comment Editor, the Telegraph (Chair)

More than 1 in 10 new mothers in the UK will experience some form of mental health problem before or after the birth of a child. Specialist maternal mental health midwives can make a big difference in the lives of mothers, however only around 1/4 of NHS trusts employ specialist midwives, despite a Ministerial Mandate for one in every Maternity unit. Join us to explore what more can be done to improve care and support for women with pregnancy related mental health problems.

09.00 Campaigning

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Fighting the Liberal Democrats

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"We expose the truth about Liberal Democrat campaigns. Sharing what works on the ground with real case studies, the latest research and our top tips for a strong campaign."

09.30 Policy Exchange and Barratt Developments PLC

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

How can new build homes be green, beautiful and high quality?

To face up to the housing crisis, we need to build more than just housing units

Speakers:

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association
David Thomas, CEO, Barratt Developments PLC
Jack Airey, Head of Housing, Policy Exchange (Chair)
Professor Robert Adam, Adam Architecture, Director
Louisa Clarence-Smith, Property and Professional Services Correspondent, The Times

To face up to the housing crisis, we need to build more than just housing units. We need to build homes that people feel proud to live in and that are built to last. As the reputation of housebuilders comes under ever greater scrutiny, what steps can the industry take to build new homes that are beautiful, sustainable and of a high quality? What can policy makers do to support this, such as supporting greater use of Modern Methods of Construction and introduction of the Future Homes Standard?

09.30 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Can the Free Market Save the Planet?

This panel will consider the issue of climate change, and hear from different perspectives on how it will be overcome.

Speakers:

Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network
Eamonn Ives, Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies
Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Kirsty Finlayson, Communications Director, British Conservation Alliance

This panel will consider the issue of climate change, and hear from different perspectives on how it will be overcome. In particular the question of free market and conservative solutions to the climate issue will be discussed and assessed.

09.30 ConservativeHome in partnership with Nationwide

Manchester Central : Central 5

What’s the future for the private rented sector? – Invitation only, please email events@conservativehome.com for more information

A small private roundtable discussion with a senior Government Minister on the private rented sector, in partnership with Nationwide Building Society.

Speakers:

Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, Founder and Chairman of the All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Anne Ashworth, Assistant Editor, The Times (Chair)

A small private roundtable discussion with a senior Government Minister on the private rented sector, in partnership with Nationwide Building Society.

09.30 National Youth Agency

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Hear By Right

Young People and Decision-making. Presentation, taster-session and briefings. All welcome including councillors and local association officers.

Speakers:

Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Chairman, Local Government Association
Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency (Chair)

Hear by Right was established was created with and for young people to support local authorities and can be used by any organisation working with young people. Join us to find out more about developing young people’s voice and influence in policy and decision-making, including local party associations and officers. Join NYA Chief Executive Leigh Middleton and NYA Trainers to find out more in this interactive session.

10.10 Outreach Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Ask Her To Stand

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

‘Ask Her To Stand’- Learn from women MPs and Councillors about standing for office.

10.15 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

The cost of doing business

A panel discussion on how to lower the cost of doing business and make the UK a more attractive place for entrepreneurs and risk-takers.

Speakers:

Duncan Simpson, Research Director, Taxpayers Alliance
Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley
Andrew Allum, Founder, The TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
David Fell, Businessman & entrepreneur
Annabel Denham, Associate Director, The Entrepreneurs Network

Whilst employment is at a record high in the UK, many businesses of all sizes are struggling. The weight of tax and regulation which has been placed on wealth creators grows ever longer, and piecemeal solutions from Whitehall often add to the problem. This panel will ask what solutions can be found to lower the cost of doing business, and how to make the UK a more attractive place for entrepreneurs and risk-takers.

10.30 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: True value of local candidates

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Is there a benefit to local candidates? And can being local win more votes? Do local candidates do better? Yes. Do local candidates do better if they’ve lived in the area a long time? Not necessarily. Drop into this session and we’ll explain how to get the most value out of being a local candidate."

10.30 Voluntary Party

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Association Strategy Plans - a working document

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

A constitutional requirement for every Association. We discuss how it can be used to measure improvement, ensuring the Association is moving forward.

11.00 Policy Exchange, City of London Corporation and The Law Society

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Strengthening the Rule of Law to drive UK growth

Brexit, from the perspective of the Rule of Law, presents both risk and opportunity.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Michael Ellis MP, Solicitor General of England and Wales
Simon Davis, President, the Law Society
Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair, City of London Corporation
Hon George Brandis, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Australian High Commission
Simon Murray, Barrister, 1 Chancery Lane (Chair)

Laws should be clear and predictable – they allow businesses to plan, make investments and function effectively. A legal system underpinned by the Rule of Law instils confidence in the fair resolution of disputes and application of laws. Brexit, from the perspective of the Rule of Law, presents both risk and opportunity.

11.00 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Going for Growth: The Future of the UK Tax System

Is our tax system a spur or an obstacle to growth? And how could it do better? See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Emily Duncan, COO, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies
Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation
Sam Dumitriu, Research Director, The Entrepreneurs Network

The UK appears to be on a low-growth path. Tax reform will be crucial to changing that. So what can and should be done? Join a cast of policy experts to discuss the best solutions.

11.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Atos

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

A Digital Britain powered by Broadband and for the many not the few

As we push the boundaries of technology’s capability, how do we deliver positively for citizens across the country

Speakers:

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Kulveer Ranger, SVP Strategy and Communications, Atos & former advisor to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach
Julian David, CEO, techUK
Nick Hargrave, Columnist & Partner, ConservativeHome & Portland (Chair)

As we push the boundaries of technology’s capabilities, how do we deliver lives positively and ensure advances serve all citizens equally, and to its full potential across the country. Hear about how we must work together, across sectors and with citizens, regulators and policymakers, to stay alive to technology’s full potential nationwide.

11.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with MillionPlus and NUS

Manchester Central : Central 5

The Age of Upheaval: What should post 18 education look like in 2030?

Join the Minister, MillionPlus and the NUS to explore the future of higher and further education and how to unlock potential across the UK.

Speakers:

Zamzam Ibrahim, President, NUS
Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Health
Bill Rammell, Chair, MillionPlus
Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)

What do we need to put in place to ensure that the UK has a post-18 education system that can support students, local regions and the wider UK economy, and continue to attract talent from around the world? Join the Minister, MillionPlus and NUS to assess how higher and further education has been impacted by changing policies, changing recommendations and changing governments, and how colleges & universities provide the country with skills needed to boost economic growth in a post-Brexit world.

11.00 Voluntary Party

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Area Officers, best practice

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

We look at the important role of the Area Management Executive including the key responsibilities of Area officers.

11.00 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Constructing your Political Narrative

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"It’s not about Conservative vs. Labour. So what is the message at your election? Have you ever told a voter that an election will be very close? That it’s a two-horse race? Then you haven’t constructed an effective political narrative. But we can help. Whatever the election, there’s always an effective message to be found. Come along and we’ll share our tips for constructing a political narrative."

11.30 Institute of Economic Affairs, FREER and IPSE

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Flexibility, Choice, and Fulfilment: What should we expect from the future workplace?

As attitudes towards work change, with self-employment and AI are on the rise, how do we meet the needs of the future workforce and modern workplace?

Speakers:

Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)
Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
Simon McVicker, Director of Policy, IPSE
Dame Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management
Jesse Norman MP, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire and Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The world of work is changing at a rapid pace. The sharp growth in self-employment, 'gig' working, and portfolio careers has altered the landscape. Attitudes to work are shifting, and differences in generational expectations are emerging. How should we consider these rapidly changing factors, including how automation and AI will continue to affect and change people’s working lives?

11.30 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Passing the 'so what' test

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"How to write effective communications – from emails to leaflets to letters. Are you getting your message across in the most effective way possible? Possibly not. But we can help. We’ll take you through the tips and tricks of the copywriting trade. These come from professionals in the private sector as well as campaigners from across the country. So why not drop in?"

11.55 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Building target audiences with Data.

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Using data to get your message out – to the right people about the right things. Would you send an InTouch about one ward to residents of another? Of course not. So why would you target a communication at people who aren’t likely to care about it? We’ll show you how to build target audiences for your campaigns – so you can win more votes."

12.00 CEN with WWF

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Opportunities for UK Global Environment Leadership

Discussing British leadership in securing a global New Deal for Nature and People on oceans, conservation, the SDGs & climate change

Speakers:

Megan Trethewey, Senior Programmes Manager, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for International Development
Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Tanya Steele, Chief Executive, WWF-UK
Lindsay McQuade, Scottish Power Renewables

2020 will be a significant year for action, with international conferences on the future goals for conservation (Convention on Biodiversity COP 15) and oceans (UN Ocean Conference 2020), as well as progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change (United Nations UNFCCC COP26). What do these conferences mean for the world and Global Britain and what role should we be taking? What are the conservative answers to these significant international issues?

12.30 Design Council

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

THE Employment and Skills Debate

Panel Debate: creating prosperity, growth and opportunity for all. Guest speaker Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, BEIS Secretary of State (invited

Speakers:

David Hughes, CEO, Association of Colleges
Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
Juergen Maier, CEO, Siemens
William Wragg, Member of Parliament, Conservative Party (Invited)
Sarah Weir, CEO, Design Council
Sean Anstee, Councillor, Local Government Association
Claire Walker, Director of Policy & Campaigns, British Chambers of Commerce (Chair)

Record employment doesn’t equal inclusive growth or mean that regional disparities disappear. What’s the solution for those left-behind places and people? This event will bring together political decision makers and influencers to make the case for more powers to be devolved to re-invigorate local and regional prosperity and opportunities. Adam Marshall, British Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Weir, Design Council; Henri Murison, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Maria Neophytou, Impetus.

12.30 Rail Delivery Group (RDG), Railway Industry Association (RIA) and High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL)

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

Reforming our Railways – how can a new partnership railway best deliver for customers and taxpayers?

Against the backdrop of the Williams Review, the panel will discuss the opportunity to create a more customer-focused and accountable railway model.

Speakers:

Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
Will Roberts, Director, HSRIL & Communications Director UK & Ireland, Alstom
Katy Taylor, Group Commercial & Customer Director, Go-Ahead
Paul Plummer, CEO, Rail Delivery Group
Robert Nisbet, Director, Nations & Regions, Rail Delivery Group (Chair)

There is a real and widespread desire for change in the railway, and the Williams Review will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure a new overarching model of how the railway should be run to deliver for the country and our people. During the discussion, we will ask panellists to give their thoughts on the creation of a more customer-focused, joined-up and accountable system to deliver for passengers and good value for money for the taxpayer.

12.30 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Are We Solving the Housing Crisis?

There is a crisis in housing and home ownership. Are we doing enough to fix it? See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Eddie Hughes MP, Member of Parliament for Walsall North
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Iain Martin, Times columnist, Editor of Reaction (Chair)
Alex Morton, Head of Policy, Centre for Policy Studies
Liam Halligan, Columnist, The Telegraph

The UK needs an ownership revolution. There has been a collapse in home ownership across the country, particularly among the young. Join CPS experts and policymakers to discuss how to restore mass ownership.

12.30 Chartered Body Alliance

Manchester Central : Central 7

Upskill, Reskill, Future Skill: The next generation challenge for financial services

How can the sector transform skills across the workforce to ensure we are fit for the challenges of tomorrow, today?

Speakers:

Simon Culhane, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute for Investments and Securities (Chair)
Ranil Jayawardena MP, Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire (Invited)
Marcus Scott, Chief Operating Officer, TheCityUK
Professor Andrew Westwood, Professor of Government Practice, The University of Manchester

The financial services sector is an integral part of our economy and society. With the growing challenges and opportunities from globalisation and digitalisation, we must invest in skills and support a diverse workforce, to retain our world-leading position. This session will focus on how the sector can transform skills across the workforce with an underlying professional ethos, by enhancing existing training programmes and recruiting a diverse workforce fit for the challenges of tomorrow, today

12.45 ECR Group/Conservative Friends of the ECR

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

Reinforcing Britain's ties with the Commonwealth post Brexit

Panel discussion "A Great Future - reinforcing Britain's relationship with the Commonwealth post Brexit, chaired by Baroness Mobarik MEP

Speakers:

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Baroness Mobarik MEP, Member of the European Parliament, Scotland, Conservative/ECR Group (Chair)
Dr Mitchell Belfer, Academic, Prague University
Mr Mohamed Amersi, Businessman, Amersi Foundation

This event looks at strengthening Britain's bond with the Commonwealth and includes The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Dr Mitchell Belfer (Prague University, International Trade ad Security) and Mr Mohamed Amersi (Businessman and Philanthropist), Amersi Foundation, former MEP Emma McClarkin and Ralf Buckle, Institute of Economic Affairs (tbc)

12.45 Institute for Government, Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Is austerity really over? And how can a Conservative government pay for it?

What does ‘ending austerity’ actually mean and which government departments need extra money most?

Speakers:

Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation
Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
John Barnett, Council Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation
Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government (Chair)

The previous Chancellor suggested that austerity was ‘coming to an end’, though dependant on securing a Brexit deal. The new Prime Minister has promised extra spending on the police, schools, hospitals and other public services. Which departments need extra money most? How much freedom for manoeuvre does the new Chancellor have? And, if increased spending implies increased taxation, what are the options for raising it?

12.45 Vuelio and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

MPs and the public: is social media changing the relationship for good or bad?

Join us to discuss how MPs are interacting with the public in the age of social media

Speakers:

Damian Collins MP, Chair - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Stephanie Boland, Head of Digital, Prospect Magazine (Chair)
Matthew Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Marie Le Conte, The Guardian
Kelly Scott, Head of Political and Stakeholder Strategy, Vuelio

In the age of real-time commentary driven by a 24-hour news cycle and social media, are our politicians being forced to focus more on soundbites than substance?

12.45 Bright Blue with APPT Corporation

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

To the top of the ladder: the role of business in social mobility

This debate looks at the role of employers in boosting social mobility through their recruitment and employment policies

Speakers:

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Industry and Business
David Johnston OBE, Chief Executive, Social Mobility Foundation
Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer at the Observer and Deputy Opinion Editor at the Guardian, Observer & Guardian
Damian Hinds, Former Secretary of State for Education
Anvar Sarygulov, Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair)
John Cope, Head of Education & Skills, CBI

12.45 West Midlands Combined Authority

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

Connecting Jobs and Communities - How WMCA is Building the Future

Hear how WMCA is determined to succeed in improving people's lives.

Speakers:

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands
Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority (Chair)
Glen Harris, Chief Executive, Midland Heart

A desire to innovate and a determination to succeed in improving people's lives have long been defining characteristics of the West Midlands. Our region has been making its mark on the world for for hundreds of years. That spirit lives on today, embodied by WMCA. We are driven to make a positive impact for this generation, and for generations to come. The time to transform the region we serve is now - time to build a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands.

12.45 National Education Union and Conservative Education Society

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

The future of education funding

Discussion on why education cuts need to be reversed and the level of investment that is needed in the future

Speakers:

Ann Mroz, Editor, TES (Chair)
John Bald, Chairman, Conservative Education Society
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education (Invited)

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12.45 Adam Smith Institute

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

21st Century Neoliberalism

This panel discusses the role of neoliberalism in the 21st century as a worldview that espouses policies that lead to freedom, prosperity, and growth.

Speakers:

Helena Horton, News Reporter, Telegraph (Chair)
Lee Rowley MP, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire
Andrew Boff, London Assembly Member, GLA Conservatives
Jack Powell, Co-Founder, 1828
Morgan Schondelmeier, Head of Development, Adam Smith Institute

With a rising tide of socialism amongst millennials, it is important to reinforce the benefits of a free society which can be brought about through neoliberal policies. To that end, the ASI and opinion platform 1828 will debate what a neoliberal manifesto looks like in the 21st century. We will discuss what neoliberalism means today, how we can use its principles to win the hearts and minds of young people, and create a neoliberal policy platform for the most pressing issues of our time.

12.45 Institute for Government and Future Care Capital

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Where next for Social Care?

Can enough public and political support be built for a solution to the problems of social care?

Speakers:

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader, Local Government Association Conservative Group
Andrew Selous MP, Health Select Committee, Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire
Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Greg Allen, Chief Executive, Future Care Capital
Nick Davies, Programme Director, Institute for Government (Chair)

Social care emerged from the shadow of the NHS during the 2017 election to hit the headlines. Since then, pressures have mounted. Demand and staff turnover have risen. Care providers are struggling to stay afloat. Emergency cash injections have eased immediate pressures, but the underlying problems remain. Can the much-delayed social care green paper tackle these issues? Can enough public and political support be built for a solution?

12.45 Sheffield Hallam University and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

Universities: the key to regional and national prosperity?

What role can universities play in supporting their regions and the UK economy? And what needs to change with the relationship between HE and FE?

Speakers:

Lord Robert Kerslake, House of Lords
Lucy Allan MP (Invited)
Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Education Policy Institute (Chair)
Mark Leach, Founder, CEO & Editor in Chief, WonkHE
Lesley Davies OBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Trafford College Group

Building on the government’s Industrial Strategy, it is essential that we put universities, students, and research at the heart of the UK’s economic vision. What can universities provide their communities and regions through strategic interaction with local businesses, job creation, and supply of graduates? What wider role can they play in supporting national prosperity? And considering the post-18 education review, what needs to change with the relationship between higher and further education?

12.45 The Welsh Conservative Party

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

Welsh Conservatives - Our Wales, Our Future

Open Forum for Welsh Conservatives to discuss Party policy.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
Paul Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales
Byron Davies, Chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party.

Speakers: Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales; Paul Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales; Byron Davies, Chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party.

12.45 British Psychological Society

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

How can we support the psychological well-being of children in schools?

How can we measure well-being in schools? and what would a psychologically informed framework look like?

Speakers:

Kathryn Scott, Director of Policy, British Psychological Society (Chair)
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Board
Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist , CEO of stem4
Dr Marc Bush, Director of Evidence and Policy, YoungMinds
Neil Carmichael, Chair, Pearson Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work and a Changing Economy
Vivian Hill, Programme Director Doctorate in Educational Psychology, UCL Institute of Education (Invited)

In response to the epidemic of poor mental health amongst children and young people the government has committed higher levels of funding for mental health and has set improving children and young people’s mental health as a policy priority. While this has been a welcome development, in order to achieve this vision, a renewed approach is required. For more information about the British Psychological Society's Children and Young People campaign please contact: publicaffairs@bps.org.uk

12.45 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Is the state killing free speech?

Freedom of speech is under attack. This explosive panel will explore the causes of this shift and what can be done about it.

Speakers:

Toby Young, Associate Editor, The Spectator
Alex Deane, Head of Public Affairs UK, FTI Consulting
John O'Connell, Chief Executive, The TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
Philip Davies MP, Member of Parliament for Shipley
Madeline Grant, Assistant Comment Editor, The Daily Telegraph

Freedom of speech is under attack. In the media, politics and universities across the land, robust debate is being replaced by virtue signalling and no platforming policies. In this explosive panel, speakers will explore the causes of this shift and whether a big state and overactive government is making the problem worse; and what could be done about it?

12.45 Institute for Government and Advertising Association

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

The database state, data-driven companies: where next for personal data?

How can government use our data ethically? What lessons can government and the private sector learn from one another?

Speakers:

Renate Samson, Senior Policy Advisor, Open Data Institute
Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
David Henderson, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Advertising Association
Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital and Social Inclusion, Good Things Foundation
Gavin Freeguard, Programme Director, Head of Data and Transparency, Institute for Government (Chair)

By sharing data about citizens across departments, government could deliver better public services and save money But this also brings risks, with government knowing more about us than ever before and the potential for data to leak. The introduction of GDPR means that there has never been a greater need for businesses to uphold information rights and safeguard consumers’ data. How can government use our data ethically? What lessons can government and the private sector learn from one another?

12.45 BASC & The Angling Trust

Manchester Central : Charter 4

The Rural Reception

Find out about the party's support for fishing and shootin

Join us for a buffet lunch at the Rural Reception and hear from eminent speakers about the party's support for fishing and shooting

13.00 The Spectator and Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)

Midland Hotel : Alexandra A

Increase revenue, not taxes: how it’s done

Final Speaker TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

Speakers:

James Forsyth, Political Editor, The Spectator (Chair)
Jesse Norman MP, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire and Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Arun Advani, Impact Director , CAGE and University of Warwick
John Whiting, Tax Policy Adviser
Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy Group

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13.00 Demos & Effective Governance Initiative

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Why localism is more important than ever.

Panel Discussion on localism

Speakers:

Bim Afolami MP, Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden
Nick Tyrone, Chief Executive, Effective Governance Initiative
Polly Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)
Lord Porter of Spalding , Member of the House of Lords

In a country polarised not only by Left and Right, but also Leave and Remain, few agendas are able to inspire consensus. Localism, however, might be one of them. Join Demos and the Effective Governance Initiative at the Conservative Party Conference to discuss if localism were to be the first step in consensus post-Brexit, what should it look like?

13.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Aberdeen Standard Investments

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Climate change: can business save the planet?

Climate change is widely regarded as now being at crisis point. What is the role of business in tackling the causes and effects of global warming?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Eva Cairns, Head of Climate Change Research, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman, Green Finance Institute
Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner, Public First (Chair)
Dr Chris Jones, Research Associate, Tyndall Manchester , The University of Manchester

The UK Government is committed to creating a ‘net zero’ carbon economy by 2050. This panel event will examine the role of business – including the UK financial industry – in supporting the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable economy. It will consider whether the business sector is doing enough, whether further policy interventions are required, how best to achieve a ‘just’ transition and how it should be financed. What should be the balance between private and public sector investment?

13.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with TheCityUK

Manchester Central : Central 5

Innovating for the Future – challenges and opportunities for the financial and related professional services industry

Panel discussion with MPs and senior industry figures on the challenges and opportunities for the financial and related professional services industry

Speakers:

Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Miles Celic, CEO, TheCityUK
John Glen MP, Member of Parliament for Salisbury and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister
Mark Littlewood, Director-General, Institute of Economic Affairs
Ben Roback, Political Consultant & Columnist, Cicero Group & ConservativeHome (Chair)

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing financial and related professional services (FRPS). The panel will focus on the future challenges and opportunities for industry, how businesses are responding to innovation, and the future skills needs of FRPS. We promote policies that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total output and employs 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London.

13.00 The Telegraph’s Chief Political Correspondent, Christopher Hope

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

Chopper’s Brexit Podcast Live

An exclusive opportunity to join Christopher “Chopper” Hope, Jacob Rees-Mogg and other special guests for a live recording of Chopper's Brexit Podcast

Speakers:

Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor, The Telegraph
Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House of Commons
David Gauke, MP

Blending no-nonsense interviews, sharp political analysis and insider gossip, the podcast is a must-listen for anyone with an interest in Brexit -- and recently celebrated its two millionth download. Expect good humour, straight talking, and an opportunity to grill the panel yourself.

13.00 Digital Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Digital Campaigning for Councillors - what does good look like?

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Intended audience: Councillors This hour-long session is a whistle-stop tour of digital campaigning Best Practice for councillors, focussing on three main aspects: social media, email newsletters and websites. This will mainly be a trainer-led presentation, however there will be a short Q&A at the end."

14.00 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Think Small: Are the Conservatives Doing Enough for Small Business?

Small and family businesses drive our economy. Are the Conservatives doing enough to support them? See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Nick King, Head of Business, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, House of Lords
Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility (Invited)
Craig Beaumont, External Affairs/Advocacy Director, Federation of Small Businesses
Alison Cork, CEO, Alison at Home

Small and family businesses are the backbone of the UK’s economy. Yet despite their importance, their concerns have frequently been neglected by Government. Join industry experts and policymakers for a panel discussion on what can be done to help these firms flourish.

14.00 Institute of Economic Affairs and RSSB

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Rail Nationalisation vs. Privatisation: What are the implications of a return to wider public ownership?

State control and intervention are popular with the public but is nationalisation the solution to the rail network's problems, or the cause?

Speakers:

Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)
George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Mark Phillips, Chief Executive, Rail Safety and Standards Board
Jack Brereton MP, Select Committee on Transport
Stephen Bush, Political Editor, New Statesman

The renationalisation of major industry is popular with the public. But when it comes to tackling problems with UK rail services, is renationalisation the best way to deliver vital services? Are consumers better or worse off since the privatisation measures pursued in the 80s and 90s? How do publicly owned companies compare to privately-owned companies? Should we be drifting closer to national ownership, or have we not gone far enough in the direction of private ownership?

14.00 Princes Trust

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

A Greater Stake - young people's role in the economy and society

Policy Roundtable By Invitation. Prince’s Trust Young Ambassadors and Youth & Party Representatives. Guest Speaker Nicky Morgan MP DCMS Secretary

Speakers:

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

A roundtable discussion exploring what we need to do by the year 2030 to drive opportunity for young people in society and increasing their stake the economy, setting them up for a lifetime of success. By invitation only, contact: jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

14.00 Policy Exchange and the National Housing Federation

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Is fixing the housing market an election winner for blue-collar Britain?

Housing has become not just a policy priority but a political one

Speakers:

Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
David Goodhart, Head of Demography, Immigration & Integration, Policy Exchange
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
Juliet Samuel, Columnist, The Daily Telegraph
Jack Airey, Head of Housing, Policy Exchange (Chair)

With housing tenure one of the strongest indicators of how people voted in the 2017 General Election, housing has become not just a policy priority but a political one. The aspirations of many in younger generations is still to achieve home ownership. Any party aspiring to government must answer the question: what housing policies will win the next election?

14.00 CEN with RSPB & OceanMind

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

British Blue Planet: Protecting our Marine Life

Discussing the UK’s record on ocean conservation, particularly focussing on the Overseas Territories and Blue Belt Programme

Speakers:

Megan Trethewey, Senior Programmes Manager, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Chris Carnegy, UK Representative , Tristan da Cunha Government
Jonathan Hall, Head of UK Overseas Territories, RSPB
Natalie Tellwright, Senior Fisheries Analyst, OceanMind

The UK and its Overseas Territories (OTs) form the fifth largest marine estate in the world, home to the world’s largest coral atolls and a quarter of its penguins. Yet the OTs are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, containing 85% of the UK’s critically endangered species. A Global Britain has the responsibility of protecting our blue planet - both at home and abroad through the 30% protected by 2030 pledge. What are the next steps and how can we use our global influence?

14.00 International Department

Manchester Central : International Lounge

"Democracies Under Pressure - A Global Survey"

By Invite Only

Discussion on modern Democracies.

14.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

The importance of multi-channel campaigns

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Knock. Call. Deliver. Like. Share. Are you getting your message out effectively? Join us and discover how to take your campaign to the next level – using the best method to reach the right audience. "

14.45 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Making the most of your time on the doorstep

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Is your canvassing as accurate as it could be? What should you be asking? The most successful companies in the world use it. And we’ve got tons of evidence to show this method helps us identify waverers and swing voters. In other words, the people who’ll decide your next election. Want to know what it is? Join us and we’ll help you make the most of your time on the doorstep."

15.00 Prosperity UK in partnership with ConservativeHome

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Alternative Arrangements to the Backstop - how to unlock a Brexit Deal

Speakers:

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Former Chief Secretary to HM Treasury
Shanker Singham, Chair of Alternative Arrangements Technical Panel
Frank Dunsmuir, Member of Alternative Arrangements Technical Panel, Fujitsu
Suella Braverman MP (Chair)

15.00 Digital Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Digital content workshop

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Intended audience: Councillors This session focusses on creating ‘content’ (i.e things to post) for social media. We will look at what makes good digital content for councillors, and some guest speakers from within the Party will share their experiences of what has worked for them. We’d like this to be an interactive session, so if you’d like to share, please do come prepared with short examples of what has worked for you in the past (or email in advance to digitaltraining@conservatives.com

15.10 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: GOTV - It ain't all about pledges

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"How to win MORE votes in the final stages of your campaign. Who should you talk to during the final phase of your campaign? Who should you talk to on polling day? It’s not just about pledges. Join this session to find out how to get as many votes as possible in the final stages of your campaign."

15.15 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

In conversation with...Rt Hon Esther McVey MP

Join us for a one-on-one interview with a high profile figure from the world of Conservative politics. This fringe event won't disappoint!

Speakers:

John O'Connell, Chief Executive, The TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Join us for a one-on-one interview with a high profile figure from the world of Conservative politics. This fringe event won't disappoint!

15.15 Policy Exchange and DWF

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Securing the future for Britain’s high streets and town centres

Britain’s town centres and high streets are often at the heart of people’s sense of place and local identity.

Speakers:

Bob Blackman MP, Member, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government
James Hamilton, Acquisitions & Estates Director, Costa UK & Ireland
Melanie Williams, Partner, DWF
Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility (Invited)
Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange (Chair)

Britain’s town centres and high streets are often at the heart of people’s sense of place and local identity. Changes in global and local economies have put this under pressure, with 1 in 12 shops having closed in England and Wales in the last 5 years. With the radical global shift in how we use and relate to our local resources, it may be time to empower local authorities and communities to deliver a high street revolution.

15.30 Centre for Policy Studies in association with The Investment Association

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Social Mobility: How Business Can Bridge the Class Divide

Experts in business and politicians will discuss how removing barriers to social mobility in business can help people of all backgrounds to thrive.

Speakers:

Virginia Crosbie, Director, Women2Win
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chris Cummings, Chief Executive, The Investment Association
Caroline Elsom, Senior Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)

Success in modern Britain still depends too much on where you came from, not how talented you are. Are people of equal ability receiving the same opportunities to be rewarded for their talent and effort, regardless of their background? Are the policymakers and businesses concerned with improving diversity overlooking socioeconomic – or class – diversity? This panel will discuss the value of diversity in business and what more government and employers can do to promote social mobility.

15.30 CEN with the Woodland Trust

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Planting for Success with the Northern Forest

Celebrating British forests and trees, their importance for climate and communities and the plans for the Northern Forest

Speakers:

Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Kevin Hollinrake MP, Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton
Darren Moorcroft, Chief Executive, Woodland Trust

Trees are not only important habitats for many birds, insects and other wildlife, they reduce temperatures and suck carbon from the atmosphere. We need to plant 50 million trees per year in order for us to reach net zero emissions by 2050 - and the Northern Forest is a key part of that ambition, with £5.7 million of Government investment expected to create nearly £2 billion for the country’s economy. Join us to celebrate trees and woodlands, and the plans for the Northern Forest.

15.30 Onward in partnership with ConservativeHome

Manchester Central : Central 5

Onward and ConservativeHome present: Dominic Raab MP in conversation with Iain Dale

The new Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, will speak to Iain Dale, LBC presenter and chair of the recent Conservative Party Leadership hustings

Speakers:

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Iain Dale, Broadcaster and journalist

The new Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, will speak to Iain Dale, LBC presenter and chair of the recent Conservative Party Leadership hustings, about his politics, his new Cabinet brief and the current political environment.

15.45 ABP and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

Can Britain become an exporting powerhouse?

Join us to explore the topic of international trade and Britain's future

Speakers:

Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Steve Bloomfield, Deputy editor, Prospect Magazine (Chair)
Claire Walker, Director of Policy & Campaigns, British Chambers of Commerce
Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Industry and Business
Ranil Jayawardena MP, Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire
David Leighton, Group Head of Corporate Affairs & Marketing, Associated British Ports

Britain’s role on the international stage is changing. For the first time in over 40 years, Britain is set to have control over international trade. Britain must find a way to compete in the 21st Century and truly become Global Britain.

16.00 The Smith Institute and the FDA

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Impartiality Matters

Civil service impartiality matters. But is the civil service now lacking it, are accusations of political bias well founded and what needs to change?

Speakers:

Steve Barwick, Deputy Director, Mr
Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office (Invited)
Sir Bernard Jenkin, Chair of the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Member of Parliament
Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government (Chair)
Dave Penman, General Secretary, FDA

Speakers: Oliver Dowden MP (Minister for the Cabinet Office) - Invited; Sir Bernard Jenkin MP (Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee); Dave Penman (General Secretary of the FDA); Chair: Bronwen Maddox (Director of the Institute for Government)

16.00 CWO/Amnesty International

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

How Can Global Britain lead on Human Rights

The panel will discuss how Britain can play a crucial role in strengthening human rights and international law after Brexit

Speakers:

Helen Whately MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (Invited)
Kate Allen, Director, UK, Amnesty International
Baroness Anne Jenkins, Member of the House of Lords (Invited)
Zaina Erhaim, Human Rights Defender, Amnesty International
Rehman Chistie MP, Member of Parliament, House of Commons
Dr Champa Patel, Head of Asia Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Britain’s EU exit comes at a time when the rules-based international order which enabled its global influence is threatened more than since its post-war birth. Divisive nationalism, ‘disinformation’, hate speech, and the growing power of serial human rights abusers (eg Russia and China) have major implications for the world. There is hope: worldwide, people are working to secure fundamental rights and freedoms. How can Britain pursue its role as a global leader on human rights and development?

16.00 Tory Reform Group

Midland Hotel : The Tea Rooms

Global Britain: Soft power in a volatile world

How can the UK can use soft power to its advantage when building Global Britain

Speakers:

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Member of Parliament North East Bedfordshire
Stephanie Reeves, Policy Chair , Tory Reform Group (Chair)

Join TRG for a discussion on how the UK can use soft power to its advantage in building Global Britain Further details at www.trg.org.uk

16.00 NAHT, Tes and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

Does school choice drive school improvement?

TBC

Speakers:

Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Education Policy Institute
Lord Knight of Weymouth, Chief Education & External Officer, TES
Judy Shaw, National President, National Association of Head Teachers
Ann Mroz, Editor, TES (Chair)
Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards (Invited)
Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT
Mark Lehain, Director, Parents and Teachers for Excellence
Cllr Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader , Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

16.00 Conservative Voice

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Conservative Voice Fringe Event

Conservative Voice Fringe Event - Stanley Suite, Midland Hotel at 1600 - 1730; Guest Speaker: Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary

Speakers:

Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Chair)

Conservative Voice is delighted to welcome Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary, as our Guest Speaker at this Fringe Event. The event will include a Q&A session

16.00 Institute for Government and the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

How will future technology make us rethink the state and regulation?

What difference can new technologies make in transforming how government works?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office
Damian Collins MP, Chair - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Daniel Korski , CEO, PUBLIC
Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute
Gavin Freeguard, Programme Director, Head of Data and Transparency, Institute for Government (Chair)
Tony Williams, Board Member, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Future technologies have the potential to transform how government works and how public services are delivered. Some future technologies are already here that have changed the way government and businesses operate. What difference can these new technologies make? How will they change government? What are, or should be, the limits? And how do we ensure these technologies benefit citizens and consumers rather than making life more difficult?

16.00 NASUWT

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

Valuing teachers

What can be done to ensure that teachers feel valued and empowered as professionals?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education (Invited)
Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting), NASUWT
Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching (Invited)
Dave Kitchen, National President, NASUWT (Chair)

The teacher recruitment and retention crisis has been fuelled by workload pressures, deprofessionalisation and disempowerment. This fringe seeks to discuss the solutions to this challenge.

16.00 British Psychological Society

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

The Psychology of Democracy: a new approach to an old chessboard?

For more information about the British Psychological Society's work on evidence-based policy making please contact: publicaffairs@bps.org.uk

Speakers:

Sarb Bajwa, Chief Executive Officer, British Psychological Society (Chair)
Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Vicky Pryce, Economist
Dr Ashley Weinberg, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Salford, and Chair of the British Psychological Society Political Psychology Section
Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director, Institute for Government

Chess is often seen as a parallel to politics. Actions can be defined as a set of binary choices: black or white; right or wrong; attack or retreat. The victor is the one who both understands the rules, and has the skills needed to read and influence the realities on the board effectively. Yet despite how impersonal policy-making might seem, understanding the psychological underpinnings of politics is critical to ensure that our democracy remains fit for purpose.

16.00 Countryside Alliance

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Investing in Rural Britain

What should be the spending priorities for rural areas outside the EU, and how should a new system of support be structured?

Speakers:

Abi Kay, Chief Reporter, Farmers Guardian (Chair)
Philip Dunne MP, Member of Parliament for Ludlow and Chair of the APPG for Rural Services (Chair)
Caroline Squire, 2017 Conservative PPC Birmingham Edgbaston and Countryside Alliance Board Member, Countryside Alliance (Chair)
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Daniel Humpreys , Councillor

Every pound that goes into rural development outside the EU will be in competition with the NHS, Defence and all other budgets, and will need to demonstrate value for money. The Government is committed to establishing a new system of regional and rural support as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, with a budget to be agreed in the Spending Review. This will replace the EU development schemes which supported broadband infrastructure, tourism projects, and business productivity.

16.00 Adam Smith Institute

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Come Fly with Me: Reimagining aviation

Following a recent ASI report on aviation, this panel will discuss how the UK can reinvigorate the aviation industry through competition & innovation.

Speakers:

Carlton Brown, Chief Executive, Heathrow West
Matthew Lesh, Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute (Chair)
Nathan Stower, External Affairs Director, Virgin Airlines
Blake Scholl, Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Boom Supersonic (Invited)
Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Invited)

Airline deregulation and airport privatisation has substantially increased aviation industry competition, improving passenger choice, encouraging innovation, and reducing flying costs. This panel will expand on the gains made in the past and examine the newest issues surrounding competition within aviation infrastructure provision (such as Heathrow expansion), the benefits of auctioning landing and takeoff slots, and the future implications of drones and autonomous flying vehicles.

16.00 Free Market Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

Why the Conservative Party Must Stand For Freedom Post-Brexit

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of free markets and free people in post-Brexit Britain - panellists TBC, follow @FMConservatives for more info

Speakers:

Steve Baker MP
Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House of Commons

Leaving the EU is an opportunity to renew - both our party and our country. Britain stands at a fork in the road. The choice: between the Conservative vision of freedom and prosperity within a compassionate and tolerant society, and Jeremy Corbyn’s tired left-wing politics of centralisation, isolationism and intolerance. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of free markets and free people - panellists TBC, follow @FMConservatives for more information.

16.00 Coalition for Global Prosperity and BBC Media Action

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

Defending Media Freedom across the World

This event will explore how the UK is protecting journalists and Freedom of the Press across the world

Speakers:

Frank Gardner OBE, Security Correspondent , BBC (Chair)
Abir Awad, County Director, Iraq, BBC Media Action
Caroline Nursey OBE, Executive Director , BBC Media Action
Teldah Mawarire, Director , Internews Johannesburg
Senior Conservative Politician TBC (Invited)
Theo Clarke, Chief Executive , The Coalition for Global Prosperity

Hosted by the Coalition for Global Prosperity with BBC Media Action, this event will bring together parliamentarians, members, journalists and activists to examine the challenges faced by journalists operating in conflict and fragile states, and Britain’s leading role in developing and sustaining public interest media around the world.

16.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Fighting Labour

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Will you help stop Jeremy Corbyn from getting close to number 10? Real examples from the doorsteps will demonstrate how to win many elections, not just a few. Find out how you can beat the socialists with an effective campaign."

16.15 Demos, The Physiological Society & Guild HE

Manchester Central : Cobden 1

Healthier, longer lives: The contribution of Sport and Exercise Science Education

Panel discussion on Healthier, longer lives

Speakers:

Dame Julie Mellor DBE, Chair, Demos (Chair)
George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Professor Jamie McPhee, Head of Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University
Nick Chamberlin, Policy Manager, British Cycling
Alison Giles, Joint Associate Director of Healthy Ageing, Centre for Ageing Better
Dr John Rogers, Sport and Exercise Medicine Consultant, Manchester Institute for Health and Performance

Join Demos and the Physiological Society to discuss how Sport and Exercise Science education can have a positive impact on society, and lead to healthier, longer lives.

16.15 Bright Blue with Global Partership for Education

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

An end to aid? The path to reducing aid dependency

The UK is a global leader in the funding and delivery of aid. How can we ensure it better delivers value for money and is in the national interest?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State for International Development
The Honourable Julia Gillard AC, Former Prime Minister, Australia and Chair, Global Partnership for Education
Simon Gill, Acting Executive Director, Overseas Development Institute
Jessie Nkhoma, Youth Advocate, Send My Friend and Pupil, Chilanga Community Secondary School in Kasungu, Malawi
Ian Birrell, Contributing Editor, The Mail on Sunday
Isaac Mzembe, Youth Advocate, Send My Friend and Pupil, Chilanga Community Secondary School in Kasungu, Malawi
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

16.30 Institute of Economic Affairs

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

In Conversation with...Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, International Trade Secretary

The IEA's Mark Littlewood sits down with Liz Truss MP - Secretary of State for International Trade - to discuss Britain's post-Brexit trading future

Speakers:

Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for International Trade Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
Mark Littlewood, Director-General, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)

The IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood sits down with Liz Truss - Secretary of State for International Trade and the original airbnb-ing, uber-riding, freedom fighter - to discuss her plans for Britain's post-Brexit trading future.

16.30 St Giles Trust and Credit Suisse

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Tackling youth violence and crime

Knife crime & youth violence is spiralling. To talk remedies we have P Patel Home Secretary, St Giles Trust, the CSJ, & Credit Suisse

Speakers:

Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department
Rob Owen OBE, CEO, St Giles Trust
Rory Geoghegan , Head of Criminal Justice Unit, Centre for Social Justice
Arnold Yousaf, SOS+ Project Development Lead, St Giles Trust
Kate Butchart, Head of Corporate Citizenship, Credit Suisse (Chair)

How should we tackle the rising national scourge of knife crime, youth violence and gang criminality? All sectors have a role to play; we will hear from a charity on the front line, a charity worker with direct experience of gangs and the criminal justice system, from Priti Patel, Home Secretary on the Government's response, from Rory Geoghegan, Head of Criminal Justice, Centre for Social Justice, and also from Credit Suisse on ways the private sector can contribute. We hope you will join us.

16.30 Company Shop Group

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

No time to waste: Protecting resources needs to be everyone’s business

Expert players from across the sector will join to debate and explore sustainable solutions to tackle today’s biggest environmental challenges

Speakers:

Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph (Chair)
Sally Wake, Commercial Director, Company Shop Group
Anna Turrell, Head of Sustainability, Nestle Uk & Ireland
Stuart Roberts, Vice President, NFU
Ben Reynolds, Deputy Chief Executive, Sustain
Tim Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer, Food and Drink Federation

Whether it’s food or farming, plastics or pollution, an ongoing challenge for consumers, business and government is how we can do more to protect our environment and prevent unnecessary waste, whilst meeting consumer demand and maintaining a competitive economy. At a time when consumers are increasingly demanding to know where products come from and, just as importantly, where they go after use, this is an opportune moment for the industry to work collaboratively to address these challenges.

16.30 The Spectator and Nationwide

Manchester Central : Charter 4

What will the high street of tomorrow look like?

Minister TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

Speakers:

Catherine Anderson, CEO, Jo Cox Foundation
Rt Hon Jake Berry MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
Tony Prestedge, Deputy Chief Executive, Nationwide
Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor, The Spectator (Chair)

Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

16.30 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

How can the UK Government deliver its ambitions for digital connectivity?

In his first speech to Parliament, the Prime Minister outlined his priorities, chief on his list was “investment in broadband and 5G”

Speakers:

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Paddy McGuinness CMG OBE, former Deputy National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister
Lord Francis Maude, Former Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General
Benjamin Barnard, Head of Technology Policy, Policy Exchange (Chair)

In his first speech to Parliament, the Prime Minister outlined his priorities. Chief on his list was “investment in broadband and 5G” to ensure that the UK boasted "the most formidable technological connectivity on the planet”. How will the Government deliver the rollout of 5G and faster all fibre broadband?

16.45 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

A Budget for No Deal

We discuss the Chancellor's options for stabilising and stimulating the economy without a deal. See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Suella Braverman MP
Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Institute of Economic Affairs
Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Professor Jagjit Chadha, Director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research

With our membership of the EU drawing to a close, and preparations for a no-deal scenario well underway, we will examine what levers the government should pull if we do leave without a deal - based on the CPS's own work on what a stimulus package should look like.

17.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with British Red Cross & Co-op

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Tackling Loneliness Drinks Reception: The Government Loneliness Strategy one year on

British Red Cross and Co-op's reception with ConservativeHome celebrates progress in tackling loneliness and looks at the steps ahead.

Speakers:

Paul Gerrard, Campaign and Public Affairs Director, Co-op
Zoё Abrams, Executive Director of Communications and Advocacy, British Red Cross
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

The British Red Cross and Co-op annual ‘Tackling Loneliness’ drinks reception co-hosted with ConservativeHome will celebrate the progress made so far and look to the next steps in tackling loneliness in the UK. This is an open reception bringing together politicians, leading public figures, businesses and the charity sector in a relaxed environment to take stock of the Government’s Loneliness Strategy so far and the brilliant work happening across the country to reduce loneliness.

17.00 Raytheon UK in partnership with ConservativeHome

Manchester Central : Central 5

In Conversation with the Secretary of State for Defence

The Secretary of State will discuss his priorities since taking the position in Government and be questioned on the objectives and challenges ahead for him and his Department.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

The Secretary of State will discuss his priorities since taking the position in Government and be questioned on the objectives and challenges ahead for him and his Department.

17.00 Incumbency

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Invitation Only

Conservative Party Training Session - Invitation Only

17.30 Conservative Environment Network

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

The CEN Manifesto: Votes grow on Trees

What is the political role that environmental policies can play and how can the CEN Manifesto's conservative ideas contribute to that debate?

Speakers:

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Isabella Gornall, Managing Director, Seahorse Environmental Communications
Bim Afolami MP, Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, Conservative Councillor Association

The environment is the top issue for young voters, and polling shows that 71% of the public believes climate change to be more pressing than Brexit. The panel will discuss the political role that environmental policies can play in any future election, what those environmental policies should look like, and the role of free market, conservative solutions in any future election campaign. How can Conservatives combat renationalisation policies proposed by the left that could do economic harm?

17.30 CBI supported by BVCA

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

Unlocking enterprise: delivering a new partnership between government and business

This fringe event will look at how government and business can work in partnership to build a more competitive Britain and unlock prosperity in the UK

Speakers:

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands
Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI
Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph (Chair)

With political uncertainty continuing to affect the UK’s economic growth prospects, now is the time for business and government to work in partnership to seize the opportunities before us. By showing the world the UK is a great place to do business, equipping the UK to compete and win on the world stage and backing business as a force for good, we can build a prosperous society for every region and nation.

17.30 Smart Energy GB

Manchester Central : Central 7

What Does the Smart Energy Future Look Like for Consumers?

As the energy system is currently undergoing a digital transformation, we will explore what the smart energy future could look like for consumers

Speakers:

Lord Duncan of Springbank, Minister for Climate Change and Government Spokesperson, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Robert Cheesewright, Director of Corporate Affairs, Smart Energy GB
Gillian Cooper, Head of Energy Policy, Citizens Advice
Clementine Cowton, Director of External Affairs, Octopus Energy
Sebastian Whale, Political Editor, The House magazine (Chair)

Have you ever thought about who you may be buying your energy from in five to ten years’ time? Could it be as part of a bundled package with your phone line and internet? Direct from your neighbour? Or even with your monthly TV streaming subscription? With the smart meter rollout supporting a digital transformation in our energy sector, and as more and more innovative products and services are introduced to market, we will explore what the smart energy future could look like for consumers.

17.45 Institute of Economic Affairs & The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Socialism: Future or failure? (balloon debate)

Hear our speakers debate the ideology that some call a 'utopia' and others call 'a failed idea that never dies'. Have your own say too!

Speakers:

Dr Kristian Niemietz, Institute of Economic Affairs, Head of Political Economy
Iain Dale, Broadcaster and journalist (Chair)
Daniel Hannan MEP, Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph
Julia Hartley-Brewer, Presenter, talkRadio
Dawn Foster, Columnist
Dan Hodges, Columnist
Scott Simmonds, Researcher, The Taxpayers Alliance

Come one, come all to the IEA and TPA's co-hosted balloon debate on socialism. Hear our speakers give their two-minute pitch on the ideology that some call a 'utopia' and others call 'a failed idea that never dies'. And have your own say too!

17.45 Plan International UK

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Top-5 Ways To Listen To Girls Locally

Panel Debate. Invited Speakers: Amber Rudd MP, DWP Secretary and Minister for Women & Equalities; Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women & Equalities committee

Speakers:

Kirsty Finlayson, Communications Director, British Conservation Alliance
Abi Brown, Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Giles Dilnot, Director of Communications and External Affairs, Office of the Children's Commissioner for England (Chair)
Rosamund McNeil, Assistant General Secretary, National Education Union
Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women & Equalities Committee
Young Advocates, Youth Advisory Panel, Plan International UK

Being young and female in the UK comes with specific challenges that today seem greater than ever. What needs to change? This conversation must be led by girls. They must have the chance to work with policymakers to bring about the changes in the local area they live in. Speakers include: Lucy Russell, Head of Girls’ Rights and Youth. Plan International UK; Youth Advocates, Plan International UK; Local Government Association representative; Senior Party representatives.

17.45 Big Innovation Centre and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

The Fake Times: Fake News, Politics, Society and You!

Join us to discuss the impact of Fake News in the new media on Politics and Society

Speakers:

Stephanie Boland, Head of Digital, Prospect Magazine (Chair)
Damian Collins MP, Chair - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Giles Watling MP, Member, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Birgitte Andersen, Chief Executive, Big Innovation Centre
Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
Tom Harwood, Political Commentator

Fake news is a complicated challenge. It is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage. Often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership. But who is to blame, and what should be done about it?

18.00 Tes and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

Is education Britain's best export?

Why does everyone else value British teachers more than we do?

Speakers:

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Ann Mroz, Editor, TES (Chair)
Lord Knight of Weymouth, Chief Education & External Officer, TES
Jonathan Simons, Director, Public First
Graham Stuart MP, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness and Minister for Investment
Tony Little, GEMS Education, Chief Academic Officer
Julie Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Schools Council

18.00 Bright Blue with Water UK

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

Plastic pollution: ending our throwaway culture

Public concern about the scale and impact of plastic waste has risen in recent years. But what measures can help reduce plastic in our economy?

Speakers:

Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sandy Luk, Chief Executive, Marine Conservation Society
Bryan McCluskey, Circularity Director, Natural Source Waters Association
Fiona Harvey, Environment Journalist, The Guardian
Michael Roberts, CEO, Water UK
Patrick Hall, Researcher, Bright Blue (Chair)

18.00 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

How can we strengthen the Union after Brexit?

For some in the UK, the benefits of the Union have been forgotten.

Speakers:

Andrew Bowie, Member of Parliament
Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales
Lord Jonathan Caine, Former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA, Leader, Democratic Unionist Party
Will Heaven, Director of Policy, Policy Exchange (Chair)

For some in the UK, the benefits of the Union have been forgotten. Within the Union, there are huge disparities between educational attainment, infrastructure investment and economic productivity. We have seen the policy successes of City Deals, devolution deals and other partnerships. Is it time for a more engaged partnership between the Government and ‘awesome foursome’ of the UK?

18.00 Oxfam & IEA

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

The Big Inequality Debate: A Global Crisis or the Politics of Envy? 

Join Oxfam and the Institute of Economic Affairs to have your say in the Big Inequality Debate

Speakers:

Theo Clarke, Chief Executive , The Coalition for Global Prosperity
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation
Mark Littlewood, Director-General, Institute of Economic Affairs
Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO, Oxfam GB
Kate Proctor, Political Correspondent , The Guardian (Chair)

Is closing the gap between rich and poor essential to tackling poverty and staving off public anger across the globe? Or is focusing on wealth and income inequality a fool's errand because the best way to help the poor is to grow the pie rather than meddle with how it's divided? Join the debate with Oxfam, IEA, senior Conservatives including Lord David Willetts, and Chair Kate Procter.

18.00 Adam Smith Institute

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Build Our Way Out: Fixing the housing crisis

The housing crisis is a defining issue of our generation. The broad discussion will revitalise debate and reaffirm the need to fix the housing crisis.

Speakers:

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
John Myers, Co-Founder, London YIMBY
Marc Vlessing, CEO, Pocket Living
Brian Ham, Acquisitions Director, Sage Housing
Andrew Lewer MP, Member for Northampton South (Chair)

We need more houses and we needed them yesterday. Tinkering with demand won't work to solve the issue – no matter how hard politicians try. Instead, innovative supply-side reforms are needed. At this panel, we will discuss the importance of planning liberalisation, new approaches to house building, much-needed tax reform, and how to counter the NIMBY mentality in a broad discussion to revitalise the debate and reaffirm the need to fix the housing crisis.

18.00 Centre For Progressive Policy

Manchester Central : Exchange 6

Liberating local areas to drive inclusive growth – measurement and beyond

A panel debate on the recently launched CPP Inclusive Growth Communities Index

Speakers:

Cllr Philip Broadhead, Deputy Leader , Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Zoe Billingham, Head of Policy and Engagement, CPP (Chair)
Cliff Prior, CEO, Big Society Capital
Carys Roberts, Head, Centre for Economic Justice, IPPR

The CPP is working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth to help deliver inclusive growth in the UK. Together with policymakers and practitioners, we will be discussing how the Index can be best applied in practice to not only measure outcomes, but also to shape policy decisions - and determine what else is needed.

18.00 The Centre for Social Justice

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

The Forgotten Few: Why are 1.3 million people still unemployed?

Drinks Reception at the event.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Invited)
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Founder and Chairman, CSJ
Tim Martin, Founder and Chairman, Wetherspoon
Dr Maria Neophytou, Director of Public Affairs, Impetus PEF
Patrick Spencer, Head of Work and Welfare Unit, CSJ (Chair)

The Conservative jobs miracle needs to work for everyone and this event will ask what a Conservative government can do to make sure that the hardest to reach can be helped into the jobs market and out of poverty. Universal Credit is the biggest welfare shake up in a generation and we bring together a high-profile panel to ask who has missed out on the ‘jobs miracle’ and what can government and employers do about it?

18.00 IPPR North & West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Manchester Central : Exchange 7

The Transport Infrastructure Revolution: Why We Need It and How We Can Get It

Panel Discussion

Speakers:

Maria Machancoses, Director, Midland Connect
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Helen Pidd, North of England Editor, Guardian
Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North
Ben Still, Managing Director, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Arianna Giovannini, Interim Director, PPR North (Chair)
Jamie Greene MSP, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Parliament

This event will explore what more needs to be done to unlock the transformation in transport infrastructure the country desperately needs.

18.00 Residential Landlords Association

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

Rented Homes Fit for Families – A Conservative Vision for the Private Rented Sector

How do we balance the demand for secure tenancies whilst ensuring good landlords have the confidence to provide the homes to rent we need?

Speakers:

Anna Mikhailova, Deputy Political Editor, The Telegraph (Chair)
Bob Blackman MP, Member, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government
Kevin Hollinrake MP, Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton
Guy Miscampbell, Research Fellow, Onward
Douglas Haig, Vice Chair, Residential Landlords Association

With the continued requirement for the private rented sector to evolve to suit the changing demographic it is housing, particularly families and older people, this event discusses how it can do this whilst ensuring good landlords have the confidence to continue to invest and provide the homes the country desperately needs.

18.00 London School of Economics

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Pathways to Prosperity: Can ALL Regions Thrive?

A debate on whether all UK areas can grow together, or some be left behind, and if growth policies should be devised and led locally, or by Whitehall?

Speakers:

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Industry and Business
Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Commons)
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association
Prof. Tony Travers, Professor , LSE (Chair)
Dr. Anna Valero, Innovation Fellow, LSE
Edwin Morgan, Interim Director General for External Affairs, The Institute of Directors

Building thriving, economically powerful regions across the UK is more important than ever, and a top Government priority. But can all areas really grow simultaneously, or will some inevitably get left behind? What new ideas are urgently needed to turbo-boost lagging regions, and should economic, growth and skills policies be managed at the regional level, or by Whitehall?

18.00 Conservative Councillors' Association and Young Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 5

Becoming a Young Councillor

Advice on becoming a young councillor

Speakers:

Lewis Cocking, Leader of Broxbourne Council, Conservative Councillors' Association (Chair)
Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, Ryedale District Council
Maria Higson, Camden Councillor, Camden Council
Nicola Richards, Councillor, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Ryan Stoneman, Youth Officer, Young Conservatives

A panel of experienced young councillors and leaders will give their views on becoming a young councillor, and discuss the importance of young Party members putting themselves forward for council candidate selection. Come along to find out more! There will be time for questions, drinks and networking. Recommended for Party members under the age of 25.

18.00 The Enterprise Forum; ABPI; ACCA; ACS; Energy UK; FMB; FSB; FDF; ICAEW; Make UK; techUK

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

The Enteprise Forum Business Reception in partnership with ABPI; ACCA; ACS; Energy UK; FMB; FSB; FDF; ICAEW; Make UK; techUK

Business Reception with The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Invited)

Speakers:

Haseeb Ahmad, President, ABPI
Andrew Cumpsty, Chairman, The Enterprise Forum (Chair)
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Invited)

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (invited). Haseeb Ahmad, President, ABPI speaking on behalf of the 10 business groups (ABPI; ACCA; ACS; Energy UK; FMB; FSB; FDF; ICAEW; Make UK; techUK). Chaired by Andrew Cumpsty, Chairman, The Enterprise Forum. Invite only. Please contact The Enterprise Forum for more information on markbeckett@enterprise-forum.co.uk. British independent craft beer provided by SIBA.

18.00 Centre for Policy Studies in association with The Epilepsy Society

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

In Conversation with the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

CPS Director Robert Colvile chats with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Introduced by a representative from the Epilepsy Society.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Clare Pelham, CEO, The Epilepsy Society

Robert Colvile, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies, talks to the Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Introduced by a representative from the Epilepsy Society.

18.00 Financial Inclusion Commission

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

Financial Inclusion Commission Drinks Reception

Financial Inclusion Commission Drinks Reception

Speakers:

John Glen MP, Member of Parliament for Salisbury and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister

With John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister This event is kindly supported by Visa

18.00 Network Homes, Riverside, L&Q and Sovereign

Manchester Central : Exchange 2 & 3 Combined

The Housing Fringe

Chair: David Blackman, Freelance Journalist

Speakers:

Martin Hilditch, Inside Housing
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)

Speakers: Luke Hall MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing (tbc) Andrew Boff, Deputy Chair of Housing Committee, GLA Helen Evans, CEO, Network Homes Carol Matthews, Group CEO, Riverside David Montague, CEO, L&Q Mark Washer, CEO, Sovereign

18.00 Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Greater Manchester Transport Committee reception

Our Network: An integrated city regional transport network with world class connections

Speakers:

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport (Invited)
Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport (Invited)
Chris Green MP, Member of Parliament for Bolton West and Co-Chair of the APMG (Invited)
Mary Robinson MP, MP for Cheadle (Invited)

Our Network: An integrated city regional transport network with world class connections is this years theme for the Greater Manchester Transport Committee reception. Invited speakers include the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps and Minister of State for Transport Chris Heaton-Harris. Other invited speakers include Mary Robinson MP for Cheadle and Chris Green MP for Bolton West.

18.00 Barnardo's supported by Google

Midland Hotel : The Tea Rooms

The Barnardo's Reception

Marking 30 years since the Children Act 1989 and the birth of the World Wide Web.

18.00 Conservative Party

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Conservatives on Campus; How Can We Boost the Conservative Voice in Universities?

A discussion of the future of Conservative associations in Universities and how the Young Conservative Campaign Manager Programme is helping to attract a new generation of active young supporters to the Party. Presentation of ‘YCCM of the Year 2019’ by our Keynote Speaker (to be announced).

A discussion of the future of Conservative associations in Universities and how the Young Conservative Campaign Manager Programme is helping to attract a new generation of active young supporters to the Party. Presentation of ‘YCCM of the Year 2019’ by our Keynote Speaker (to be announced). By Invitation Only.

18.30 The Spectator, Aston Martin and Bosch

Midland Hotel : Alexandra B

Out and into the World: What is the UK’s competitive advantage?

Final speaker TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

Speakers:

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator (Chair)
Dr Andy Palmer, CEO, Aston Martin
Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs

Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

18.30 Eastern Region Conservatives

Manchester Central : Charter 4

Eastern Regional Reception

A reception for Conservative Party Members from the Eastern region

19.00 CEN with RenewableUK

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

In Conversation with...

An opportunity to get to know our special guest and find out their views on the environment & climate change. Opening remarks from Barney Wharton

Speakers:

Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Barnaby Wharton, Director of Future Energy Systems, RenewableUK

Join us for a late night discussion with a special guest - with plenty of opportunity for Q&A. With a net zero target, and a pledge to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, the environment is a key focus for this Government. What does that look like and what are the plans for the future? With opening remarks from CEN Ambassador Barney Wharton.

19.00 The Bingo Association

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

Conference Bingo!

The Bingo Association are proud to host a special game of charity Bingo with drinks and nibbles.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Invited)
Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport (Invited)

Play Bingo at 7pm and 7.30pm with special guest Bingo callers Nicky Morgan MP and Grant Shapps MP! The Bingo Association will donate £500 to the winners’ charity of choice. The event will also provide an opportunity to highlight the wider contribution the bingo industry makes to our communities every day. Bring your colleagues and friends along to play bingo and support a good cause, refreshments will also be provided. Email daniel.baynes@plmr.co.uk to secure your place!

19.00 International Department

Manchester Central : International Lounge

Sister Party Reception (Evening)

By Invite Only

Drinks reception for Representatives of Sister parties.

19.15 Conservative Young Women

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

The Future Of The Union with CYW

Panel Debate and Pizza & Prosecco Reception.

Join CYW for pizza and prosecco as we discuss the most important policy issue of the day: the future of our precious union. Featuring speakers from all four home nations. Chair: Ella Robertson, Chairman CYW. Speakers: Aine Lagan, CYW Comms Director, Researcher, Onward; Ruth Davidson MSP (invited); Stephen Crabb MP (invited)

19.30 PoliticsHome

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

PoliticsHome Quiz: Party conference edition!

Join us for drinks and fun as MPs go head to head with lobby journalists in the PoliticsHome Quiz

Speakers:

Kevin Schofield, Editor, PoliticsHome (Chair)

19.30 Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces

Midland Hotel : Petersfield Suite

CF Armed Forces Conference Reception

A drinks reception bringing together Ministers, MPs, industry figures, supporters and Party members

A chance for politicians, industry leaders, supporters and members of the Conservative Party to join us for a glass of wine at our inaugural Party Conference Event.

19.30 London Conservatives

Midland Hotel : Alexandra A

London Regional Reception

A reception for Conservative Party Members from the London region

20.00 Conservative Animal welfare Foundation and Compassion in World Farming, hosted by Sir David Amess MP

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

What Next for Animal Welfare

Drop in drinks reception on Animal Welfare by Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation and Compassion In World Farming

Speakers:

Sir David Amess MP, Member of Parliament Southend West (Chair)
Lorraine Platt, Co- Founder, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation
Dr Nick Palmer , Head of Compassion UK, Compassion In World Farming

What Next for Animal Welfare Join our drop in drinks reception hosted by Sir David Amess MP to hear about our campaigns to advance animal welfare. Speakers include Sir David Amess MP, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Foreign Secretary,Lorraine Platt , Co- Founder of Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation and Dr Nick Palmer , Head of Compassion UK , Peter Hall AM, Director of Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, Kike Yeun, World Dog Alliance, Duncan McNair, Ceo and Founder of Save The Asian Elephants

20.00 AQA, Teach First and the Education Policy Institute

Manchester Central : Central 8

Education Reception

To request a ticket, please get in touch on amy.faux@epi.org.uk.

Speakers:

Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chicester
Professor Toby Salt, Chief Executive, AQA
Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Education Policy Institute
Russell Hobby, Chief Executive, Teach First

This third annual Conservative ‘Education Reception’ will bring together senior figures across the education sector to discuss the transformational effects education has on the life chances of young people. The reception will also highlight the need to reduce educational inequality in England’s schools, in order to achieve high quality education outcomes for all children and young people, regardless of background. By invitation only. To request a ticket, please get in touch on amy.faux@epi.or

20.00 Musicians' Union

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

Meet the MU

Drinks reception with live music

The MU’s inaugural fringe event offers an opportunity to meet working musicians and MU staff, plus the chance to gain an insight into the issues affecting professionals in the modern music industry.

20.00 Conservative MEPs/ECR Group

Manchester Central : Charter 4

Conservative MEP/ECR Reception

Reception of the Conservative MEPs/ ECR Group

This reception will also launch the Conservative Friends of the ECR Group to ensure our continued friendship and cooperation with sister parties after Brexit

20.00 Conservative Party

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

Volunteer Thank You Reception

A drinks reception to thank our top volunteers for connect calling, marked register, data entry, canvassing and helping with all of our campaigns in 2019

20.00 The Co-op and the Association of Convenience Stores

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

Violence Against Shopworkers: Breaking the Cycle

How can industry, government, police and the justice system come together to tackle violence against shopworkers?

20.00 South East Conservatives

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

South East Reception

A drinks reception for Conservative Party member from the South East region.

20.15 Midlands Engine

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Midlands Engine Drinks Reception

Midlands Engine – networking and opportunity to meet with our partners

An informal drinks reception with the opportunity to meet some of the people making a difference with the Midland Engine – a mix of business and public sector thought leaders, representing the diversity of this vibrant region

20.30 Thakeham Homes

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Housing the next generation - solving the intergenerational housing gap

A panel debate on the generational challenges facing housing.

Speakers:

Rob Boughton, Group Managing Director, Thakeham Homes
Cllr Toby Savage, Leader, South Gloucestershire Council
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association (Invited)
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)

A panel debate on the generational challenge facing housing. Topics discussed will include how we help young people onto the housing ladder, encourage property ownership, and are the baby-boomers blocking housing for young families.

21.30 British American Tobacco UK

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

The Vype Reception: How can the Government accelerate the UK’s vaping transformation?

Join us at the fourth annual Vype Reception. Further details can be found on the conference app.

Speakers:

Sir Graham Brady MP, Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West
Will Hill, Head of Legal and External Affairs, UK & Ireland, British American Tobacco UK

UK smoking rates have declined significantly since e-cigarettes became mainstream, with many smokers deciding to switch to vaping, but when will vapers actually outnumber smokers? Join us at the fourth Vype Reception to hear the results of our research, and what regulatory measures could be considered post-Brexit to bring that crossover forward.

21.30 Conservative Environment Network

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

CEN's Big Pub Quiz of the Year

A pub quiz - with some stuff on the environment - and special political guests!

A light-hearted take on the popular TV quiz show, CEN’s unique trivia quiz will cover areas ranging from literature, television, music, geography, politics, science and celebrity as well as being peppered with environmental questions. Join us and our special guest quizmasters! Pre-register your team's interest via events@cen.uk.com

22.00 FOTBOT

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

FOTBOT Reception

What does the future hold for the British Overseas Territories? How can we strengthen our family bonds? How can we raise awareness in UK classrooms?

Speakers:

Philip Smith, Chief Executive , Friends of the British Overseas Territories (Chair)
Howard Quayle, Chief Minister, Isle of Man Government (Invited)
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

Friends of the British Overseas Territories is a charitable organisation which aims to support, increase awareness and promote the Overseas Territories in the UK and across the world. Join FOTBOT as we hear from key note guest speakers on the UKs future relationship with our wider family as we leave the European Union. We will have membership options available on the night from £20 for 12 months - please do support our work. For further details see www.fotbot.org/membership

22.00 Humanists UK

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

Right to leave? Global intolerance towards non-religious apostates

Late night-drinks reception with Humanists UK on supporting apostates around the world, with Lord Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom

Speakers:

Crispin Blunt MP, Chairman, CDPRG
Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, Humanists UK
Aliyah Saleem, Chair, Faith to Faithless
Bonya Ahmed, Author, blogger, and activist
James Baird, Chair, Conservative Humanists (Chair)

The right to freedom of religion or belief should be afforded to all, but in practice many people are severely persecuted around the globe, including the non-religious. Join our late-night drinks reception to hear from speakers with a first-hand and expert understanding of the issues facing apostates and learn what we can do to realise the right to freedom or belief for all.

22.00 Conservative Friends of India

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

Conservative Friends of India and The Indian High Commission Reception

The Drinks Reception is to celebrate the special relationship the Conservative Party has with the British India Community and with India

The Drinks Reception is to celebrate the special relationship the Conservative Party has with the British India Community and with India. The special relationship post Brexit will be of even greater importance for the UK, with India being the backbone of the Commonwealth and one the UK's leading investors, trading and political partners. Speakers will include High Commissioners, Ambassadors, Members of the Cabinet, CF India Parliamentary Patrons and the Co-Chairmen and Vice Chairs.

14.00 NHS Confederation

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : Meeting Rooms 2, 3 & 4

Can the Conservative Party deliver a solution to the social care crisis?

Politicians and leaders from the NHS and social care sector share their thoughts on the prospect of a solution to the social care crisis

Speakers:

Kevin Hollinrake MP, Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton
Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chicester
Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation (Chair)
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Board
Karen Howell, Chief Executive, Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Tahir Masud, President of British Geriatric Society

The Prime Minister has promised to fix the social care crisis but after the failure of successive governments can the Conservative Party deliver a solution to the groundhog day issue of British politics? The panel, chaired by Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation which leads the Health for Care campaign, brings together leading voices from across the system to explore what’s required to turn warm words into a settlement that will last for generations.

18.30 Politeia

Princess Street Hotel, 18-24 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4LG, United Kingdom : 24 Bar & Grill

Leaving in a Month, No Ifs, No Buts ...

On the eve of Britain's EU Exit: What would a 'Good Deal' be? WTO Trade - Opportunity Knocks? How Can the Saboteurs be stopped?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House of Commons
Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP, Member of Parliament for Wokingham
Rt Hon David Jones MP
Dr Sheila Lawlor, Director, Politeia (Chair)

On the eve of Britain's EU Exit: - What would a 'Good Deal' be? - WTO Trade - Opportunity Knocks? - How Can the Saboteurs be stopped?

16.15 Positive Money

Lloyd's House : Shipping Office

Is UK banking fit for purpose?

Positive Money bring together MPs and experts to explore whether banks are failing to meet their responsibilities to customers and communities

Speakers:

Tim Montgomerie , Founder, ConservativeHome and Centre for Social Justice (Invited)
Phillip Blond, Philosopher (Invited)
Kevin Hollinrake MP, Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton (Invited)
Steve Baker MP (Invited)
Fran Boait, Executive Director, Positive Money
James Vaccaro, Director of Strategy, Triodos Bank

Positive Money hosts this panel discussion exploring whether banks are failing to meet their responsibilities to customers and communities, and what can be done about it, featuring: Steve Baker MP (invited) Kevin Hollinrake MP (invited) James Vacarro, Special Advisor, Triodos Bank Fran Boait, Executive Director, Positive Money More speakers TBC. The event is a short walk from the conference centre, at Lloyd's House, 22 Lloyd Street (opposite the Town Hall). Refreshments provided.

12.45 Centrepoint

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS : Charles Hallé Room

Young, Employed and Homeless

Let's change the story for homeless young people. Join Centrepoint as we mark our 50th anniversary. Guest speaker: Michael Tomlinson MP

Speakers:

Michael Tomlinson MP, Member of Parliament Mid Dorset and North Poole
Jonathan Buzzeo, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies

The time has come to change the story for homeless young people, yet many are still struggling to survive in precarious employment. Join Centrepoint as we mark our 50th anniversary by looking back across the generations at the changing experiences of young people growing up and leaving home. Find out how to tackle youth homelessness and promote youth employment at this cafe style event.

18.00 Bright Blue with Fair by Design

Jury's Inn Manchester : Rochdale Suite

Racing towards renewables? Keeping energy green and cheap for consumers

As the UK transitions to a net-zero economy, how can we ensure consumers on modest incomes receive both affordable and green energy?

Speakers:

Victoria Hewson, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Institute of Economic Affairs
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Invited)
Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director, Energy Systems Catapult
Sam Hollister, Director of Economics and Corporate Services, Energy UK
Carl Packman, Head of Corporate Engagement, Fair by Design
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

14.30 Lloyds Bank Foundation and The Trussell Trust

The Albert Square Chop House, Manchester M2 5PF : The Albert Square Chop House

Beyond Brexit: where next for welfare in the Conservative vision for opportunity for all?

How can the new Government ensure that people on low incomes are supported and enabled by the welfare system

Speakers:

Will Quince MP, Minister for Welfare Delivery (Invited)
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)
Edward Davies, Policy Director, Centre for Social Justice
Emma Revie, CEO, Trussell Trust
Yvonne Hope, CEO, Barnabus

Lloyds Banking Foundation’s Duncan Shrubsole will be chairing this discussion thinking about what a Conservative approach to our welfare system looks like. The discussion will include politicians, policy makers and organisations working on the frontline. Guests include Amber Rudd (invited), Will Quince (invited), Edward Davies, Policy Director at the Centre for Social Justice, Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust and Yvonne Hope Chief Executive at Barnabus.

12.45 Bright Blue with Anchor Hanover Group

Jury's Inn Manchester : Rochdale Suite

The new giant evil? Reducing loneliness and isolation

This event explores the scale and impact of loneliness in modern Britain, and the role that public policy can and should play in alleviating it

Speakers:

Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Former First Secretary of State
Alex Smith, CEO, London Cares
Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Chairman, Local Government Association
Professor Les Mayhew, Professor of Statistics, Cass Business School
Jane Ashcroft, CEO, Anchor Hanover Group
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

13.00 The Bruges Group

The Comedy Store, Arches 3 & 4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5LH : The Comedy Store

Brexit - the moment of truth

Leaving the European Union and delivering a full Brexit

Speakers:

Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP, Member of Parliament for Wokingham
Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA, Leader, Democratic Unionist Party
Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, European Research Group
Martin Howe QC, Queen's Counsel, Lawyers for Britain

With the speakers: Rt Hon. Sir John Redwood MP Martin Howe QC Rt Hon. Mark Francois MP Rt Hon. Arlene Foster MLA

18.00 Field Consulting & ComRes

Sam's Chophouse, M2 1HN : Sam's Chophouse, M2 1HN

The Future of our Party System

Field Consulting and ComRes host a private drinks reception where we will consider the future of our party system

Speakers:

Tim Montgomerie , Founder, ConservativeHome and Centre for Social Justice
Professor Matthew Goodwin, Senior Fellow Chatham House, University of Kent

With the main political parties fighting to stay on top against smaller insurgents, what is the future of our party system and of the Conservative Party? Drinks and speeches from Tim Montgomerie, political blogger and journalist and Professor Matthew Goodwin, academic and commentator, alongside new polling presented by Andrew Hawkins, Chairman at ComRes. This event is invitation only. Please email events@fieldconsulting.co.uk if you are interested in attending and for more information.

17.30 The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce : Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WD

RICS Residential Reception

oin our annual reception for an opportunity to speak to industry and Government about how we can address the issues facing the residential sector.

Speakers:

Matthew Howell, Managing Director RICS
Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)

Marking the close of the successful Housing Hub expo, the RICS Residential Reception will give you an opportunity to engage with key figures from the housing industry as well as hear keynote speeches from: Matthew Howell, Managing Director RICS Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Housing (Invited) For further information on this event please contact khadjimina@rics.org Information on the Housing Hub visit rics.org/HousingHub

15.15 Bright Blue with Social Enterprise UK

Jury's Inn : Rochdale Suite

Good capitalism? Making markets work

Market economies have delivered much. But many feel our economic system is not working for them. What should and can be done to make markets work?

Speakers:

Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs (Invited)
Jesse Norman MP, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire and Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Andrew Pendleton, Director - Policy and Advocacy, New Economics Foundation
Adrian Wooldridge, Political Editor, The Economist
The Rt Hon Lord Adebowale CBE, Chair, Social Enterprise UK
Diane Banks, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

14.40 Fishing For Leave

The Comedy Store, Arches 3 & 4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5LH : The Comedy Store, Arches 3 & 4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5LH

Future of Britain's Fishing - Brexit Boom or Bust?

Will This Government Save Britain's Fish? SPEAKERS: Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP - former DEFRA Secretary Peter Aldous MP - Waveney

Speakers:

Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Member of Parliament for North Shropshire
Peter Aldous MP, Member of Parliament for Waveney

British fishing will soon collapse under EU rules. Grasping automatic repatriation of Britain's waters and resources with a clean Brexit allows bespoke British management to husband our environment & a multi-billion pound boom to coastal communities who've suffered under the CFP. Will the PM honour his words not to trade fishing? Complementary Haddock & Chips SPEAKERS: Rt. Hon. Owen Paterson MP - former DEFRA Secretary. Peter Aldous MP - Waveney. FFL Memebers. Other Speakers TBC

11.00 The Policy Institute at King's College London and The UK in a Changing Europe

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel : 19 + 20

Dividing Britain? Polarisation and fragmentation trends in the UK

A discussion of polarisation and fragmentation trends in the The Policy Institute at King's College London and The UK in a Changing Europe UK with

Speakers:

Professor Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)
Bobby Duffy, Director, The Policy Institute at King's College London (Chair)
Maria Sobolewska, Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester

Politicians and commentators are increasingly referring to the UK as ‘divided’, capturing a growing sense of social and political polarisation in our country, driven by the deep splits revealed and reinforced by Brexit. But what’s really happening in the country? Are we polarising, fragmenting or just falling apart? Come and hear the actual evidence from UK in a Changing Europe’s research on towns for JRF and the Policy Institute’s review of polarisation trends in the UK for Engage.

09.30 King's College London

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel : 19 + 20

Industrial Strategy: Can we build an ‘economy that works for everyone’?

Join Chris White, Director of the Institute for Industrial Strategy at King’s College London, to discuss the progress of ‘Modern Industrial Strategy.

Speakers:

The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation
The Rt Hon Lord Adebowale CBE, Chair, Social Enterprise UK (Invited)
Bobby Duffy, Director, The Policy Institute at King's College London
Chris White, Director, Institute for Industrial Strategy, King's College London (Chair)
Lina Huertas, Head of Technology Strategy, The Manufacturing Technology Centre

Chris White, Director of the Institute for Industrial Strategy at King’s College London, and former MP, will be joined by a panel of experts, including Bobby Duffy, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s to discuss the progress of the ‘Modern Industrial Strategy’. The strategy has the potential to become the most significant domestic policy of the next decade, in terms of skills, infrastructure and research. Can it deliver that potential?

16.00 New Statesman & CIOB

Principal Hotel : The Oak Suite

Building Better: Improving Quality in the Built Environment

Building Better: Improving Quality in the Built Environment

Speakers:

Professor Charles Egbu, President, The Chartered Institute of Building
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds (Invited)
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

Building Better: Improving Quality in the Built Environment

14.00 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Setting places free: Giving local communities a stake in economic development

A panel event on giving local communities a stake in economic development, sponsored by Power to Change

Speakers:

Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Will Tanner, Director, Onward (Invited)
Rachel Maclean MP, Member of Parliament of Redditch in Worcestershire
Sebastian Payne, Whitehall Correspondent, Financial Times
Richard Harries, Director, Power to Change Research Institute

This event will explore how best to give local communities a stake in economic development, especially in the context of Britain's departure from the EU on 31 October. Sponsored by Power to Change

09.15 VfB

The Comedy Store, Arches 3 & 4, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth St West, Manchester M1 5LH : The Comedy Store

Will Boris take us out of the EU defence architecture?

The EU's new defence architecture: how we joined it, how we failed to notice and how escaping would save our autonomy, industry and alliances.

Speakers:

Prof Gwythian Prins, Former MoD advisor
David Banks, Researcher (Chair)

With the speakers; Prof Gwythian Prins David Banks

12.30 RTPI - HBF - BPF

Princess St Hotel : Conference Suite

Rising to the housing challenge

A panel discussion bringing together planners, property owners, and home builders to examine how to rise to the housing challenge

Speakers:

Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute
Bob Blackman MP, Member, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited)
Peter Andrew, Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation
Helen Gordon, President, BPF, and Chief Executive, Grainger PLC, British Property Federation
Nicholas Boys Smith, Interim Chair, Building Better Building Beautiful Commission

Join a panel discussion bringing together planners, property owners, and home builders to examine how to rise to the housing challenge of building more, better, faster and more beautiful. Chaired by Bob Blackman MP, expert panellists include Victoria Hills (Chief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute), Peter Andrew (Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation), Helen Gordon (President, British Property Federation), and (Nicholas Boys Smith (Building Better Building Beautiful Commission).

10.00 Conservative Friends of Cycling

Genting Casino, 110 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4RL : Balcony Room

Conservatives: Champions of Cycling

Exploring how cycling can be pushed further up the agenda of government

Speakers:

Andrew Selous MP, Health Select Committee, Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire (Chair)
Suzanne Bartington, Cllr
Chris Boardman MBE, Ex-Olympian and GM Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Olympic Gold Medalist and Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Lucy Haynes, Senior Public Affairs Manager of HSBC UK
Julie Harrington, CEO, British Cycling

The Conservative Friends of Cycling is hosting a truly exceptional event at Conference this year! With the Government’s pledge to cut carbon emissions by 2050, cycling is going to play an even bigger role in moulding the future of our nation. Our group strives to show the positive implications of cycling in tackling climate change, obesity and mental health issues.

09.00 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Tech for good: improving financial capability and inclusion across the UK

A private invite-only roundtable on how financial technology can help the financially squeezed, sponsored by Nationwide

Speakers:

Guy Opperman MP, Member of Parliament for Hexham and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
Will Tanner, Director, Onward
Helen Undy, Director, Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (Invited)

Consumers increasingly have access to a new wave of products offering finance that is more accessible, innovative and user-focused than ever before. This event will explore how innovative new technologies can best be used for social good, by supporting the financially squeezed. Sponsored by Nationwide

16.00 High Speed Rail Industry Leaders, Rail Delivery Group & Railway Industry Association

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP : 15/16

HSRIL, RDG & RIA Drinks Reception

Reception exploring the benefits of high speed rail through key speeches and networking opportunities

Speakers:

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (Invited)
Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Invited)

10.45 Bright Blue with Solicitors Regulation Authority

By invitation only : By invitation only

Better work? Transforming corporate culture

Please contact our team if you are interested in attending this invite-only discussion on improving the world of work

Speakers:

Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Invited)
Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global Chair, 30% Club (Invited)
Jane Malcolm, Executive Director, External and Corporate Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Sian Hughes, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Solicitors Regulation Authority (Chair)
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

20.30 The Spectator and AECOM

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel : Private Room 10/11

Better transport, better cities

Final speaker TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

Speakers:

Emma Gilthorpe, Executive Director for Expansion, Heathrow Airport
Maria Machancoses, Director, Midland Connect
Shamit Gaiger, Director of Strategic Advisory, AECOM
James Forsyth, Political Editor, The Spectator (Chair)

Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

19.00 Conservative Group for Europe

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester : Room 15/16

A No Deal Brexit – undermining democracy, the Conservative Party and the future of our country.

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP along with a former Cabinet Minister will discuss the implications of a No Deal Brexit and why it should be avoided.

Speakers:

The Rt Hon David Gauke, MP, Conservative Party
Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield (Chair)
Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Member of Parliament North East Bedfordshire (Invited)

Conservative Group for Europe Chair, The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, will be joined by a former Cabinet Minister to discuss a No Deal Brexit. The wide-ranging talk will consider the impact of a No Deal Brexit on the future of UK and the Conservative Party as well as economic, security and democratic implications. The event will be followed by a short question and answer session.

18.00 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Responsible capitalism: How to connect companies, customers and workers in the modern economy?

A panel event on ensuring companies take seriously their broader social responsibilities, sponsored by Capita

Speakers:

Tim Montgomerie , Founder, ConservativeHome and Centre for Social Justice (Invited)
Jesse Norman MP, Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire and Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chicester
Jon Lewis, CEO, Capita
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

This event will consider how to make responsible capitalism the default rather than the exception in British industry, through both government intervention and demonstrating the value to companies of taking social obligations seriously. Sponsored by Capita

11.30 NHS Confederation Mental Health Network

Hilton Deansgate : 2,3 and 4

Thriving at work - how to truly improve mental health, save money and boost the economy

Mental ill health costs the UK economy £99bn a year- what steps can employers can take to better support the mental health of their employees?

Speakers:

Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive, Mind
Beatrice Fraenkel, Chair, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (Chair)
Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England
Poppy Jaman OBE, Chief Executive, City Mental Health Alliance
Sean Russell, Implementation Director - Mental Health, Wellbeing and Radical Prevention, West Midlands Combined Authority

The Prime Minister has highlighted the positive links between mental health and employment and called for employers to do more to support the mental well-being of their workforce. During this session experts from across the private, third and public sectors will share the steps employers can take to better support the mental health of their staff and the wider impact it can achieve.

18.00 University and College Union

Jury’s Inn : Bridgewater Suite

Towards a fairer post-16 education system: what should top the government’s to-do list?

Join us to hear a range of views on what the government’s priorities should be for further and higher education in the coming months. Speakers TBC

Speakers:

Michelle Donelan MP, Minister for Children and Families (Invited)
Douglas Chalmers, President, University and College Union (Chair)
Zamzam Ibrahim, President, NUS
Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)
Vicky Duckworth, Professor, Edge Hill University

During his first days in post, the Prime Minister praised the role of higher education and pledged to make further education and skills a priority for his new government, but how does the system need to change to ensure it is fair and accessible for students? This event will be a chance to consider what should top the new ministerial team’s to-do list when it comes to ensuring an effective system of post-16 education.

15.00 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

Can we solve the mental health crisis in school hours?

Over 80% of teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years. But what can schools do to solve the crisis?

Speakers:

James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)
Andrea Jenkyns MP, Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood
Dr Michael Wigelsworth, Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education, The University of Manchester
Judy Shaw, National President, National Association of Head Teachers
Joann Hitchen, Regional Manager, North West, Papyrus
Nick Harrop, Head of Media and Influencing, YoungMinds

More than eight out of ten teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years. According to the LGA, there are more than 560 child mental health cases every day. And many are warning of a mental health crisis. The Government has said it plans to incentivise and support schools and colleges to identify and train a designated senior lead for mental health. But what is the role of schools and can they solve the crisis?

11.00 The Centre for Social Justice

Radisson Blu Hotel : Room 15/16

How severe is the UK’s serious personal debt problem, and what can we do about it?

Refreshments at the event.

Speakers:

Guy Opperman MP, Member of Parliament for Hexham and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion (Invited)
John Pears, Managing Director, Lowell (Invited)
Phil Andrew, CEO, StepChange Debt Charity
Joe Shalam, Head of Financial Inclusion Unit, CSJ
Tracey Crouch MP, Member of Parliament for Chatham & Aylesford (Invited)

We set out the challenges faced by families facing crippling debt where money is already hard to come by. Serious personal debt is too often overlooked in the poverty debate. We will discuss what we can do to help low income families climb out of debt and protect them from predatory loan sharks. This event will set out a plan for a new Conservative government to ensure we tackle serious personal debt and pull the plug on lending practices plunging low income families even further into poverty.

12.00 Localis

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL : Lecture Room

Nothing left to lose: reframing the housing management debate

What role can local government play in providing more housing to meet a diverse set of social needs and expectations?

Speakers:

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association
Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith, Deputy Leader, Royal London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis (Chair)
Jackie Sadek, Chief Executive, UK Regeneration
John Moss, Champion for Social Housing Providers., Conservative Policy Forum

There is not one housing crisis, but many different local crises of supply, affordability and provision. In areas where there is a shortage of affordable housing, how can we accommodate those in most need? Can councils work together to meet local housing demand by creating new communities? This event, promoted jointly with the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will ask what more can housing providers and government do to provide people with the most suitable type of housing.

11.00 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Healthy Growth: How can we close Britain's regional productivity gap?

A panel event on using the upcoming Spending Review to close the longstanding regional productivity gap, sponsored by the NHSA

Speakers:

Mary Robinson MP, MP for Cheadle
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Luke Munford, Research Fellow
Seamus O'Neill, CEO of NHSA
Sam Lister, Deputy Political Editor, Daily Express

This panel event will consider what more the Government can do to close the North South productivity divide, including the vital role that health investment could play in supporting regional growth. Sponsored by the NHSA

09.30 The Centre for Social Justice

Radisson Blu Hotel : Room 15/16

Expelled but not forgotten: Are 50,000 kids being written off?

Refreshments at the event.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Member of Parliament for Harlow (Invited)
Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Member of Parliament for Putney (Invited)
Rosemary Bennett, Education Editor, The Times
James Scales, Head of Education Unit, CSJ (Chair)

What can be done to make sure children excluded from school don’t become the forgotten children of our education system? We want to ensure that Conservative reforms to education work in our most challenging areas. With more outstanding schools than ever before we need to make sure better standards go alongside better provision for children excluded from mainstream schools. We set out how alternative provision for children excluded from mainstream schools can become the next big education reform.

20.00 The Enterprise Forum & Heathrow

Manchester Central : Heathrow Lounge

In Conversation with a Special Guest Speaker: Remaking the case for the free market

In Conversation with a Special Guest Speaker on "Remaking the case of the free market"

Speakers:

Andrew Cumpsty, Chairman, The Enterprise Forum (Chair)

An In Conversation with... discussion on remaking the case for the free market with a Special Guest Speaker. Held in the Heathrow Lounge, Manchester Central. Finest Scotch Whisky will be provided by Diageo. For more information contact The Enterprise Forum on markbeckett@enterprise-forum.co.uk.

16.30 All Party Parliamentary Groups on Legal Aid, Pro Bono and Public Legal Education

Slater and Gordon LLP, 58 West Mosley St, : Boardroom

How do we deal with the access to justice gap?

Manchester M2 3HZ

Speakers:

Siobhan Taylor-Ward, Solicitor, Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Alex Chalk MP, Member of Parliament for Cheltenham (Chair)
Claire MacGourlay, Professor, University of Manchester
Fran Eccles-Bech, CEO, Manchester Law Society
Chris Minnoch, Director, Legal Aid Practitioners' Group
James Sandbach, Director, LawWorks
Senior Cabinet Minister

A discussion with the local legal community about the respective contributions of legal aid, pro bono, public legal education (eg Streetlaw) and Legaltech, in Greater Manchester and beyond, following up the Ministry of Justice's review and Legal Support Plan.

18.30 National Farmers Union

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester, M2 5GP : Rooms 8-9

Farming Question Time

An opportunity for conference delegates to have their say on the big political issues affecting the farming sector.

Speakers:

Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

Farming question time

18.00 British Property Federation, Home Builders Federation

The Principal Manchester, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA : The Directors Suite

Supporting Mental Health in the Built Environment

Discover how the property sector supports the mental health of people who construct our towns and cities, and those who live and work in them

Speakers:

Peter Andrew, Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation
Helen Gordon, President, BPF, and Chief Executive, Grainger PLC, British Property Federation
Davina Goodchild, Chief Executive Officer, Lionheart
Bill Hill, Chief Executive Officer, Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

Discover how the property sector supports the mental health of people who construct our towns and cities, and those who live and work in them

08.30 Centre for Cities and KPMG

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : Meeting Room 9

Is your city robot-ready? Skills for the future

This event will focus on what cities can do – and what they need from central government – to get people and their skills robot-ready

Speakers:

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities (Chair)
Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Elena Magrini, Analyst, Centre for Cties
Roger Smith, Councillor, Swindon Borough Council

This policy roundtable in Manchester, in partnership with KPMG, will focus on the future of skills in cities, drawing on our report Can cities outsmart the robots? which looked at the projected demand for specific skills in the changing labour market and assessed the current educational outcomes in those skills.

07.30 The Conservative Christian Fellowship & Green Pastures Homeless Charity

Don Giovanni Restaurant, Peter House, 1-2 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5AN : Breakfast Room

Party Conference Prayer Breakfast Ending Homelessness with The Church

Ending Homelessness with the Church

Speakers:

Pastor Peter Cunningham, Director, Green Pastures

Speakers: Pastor Pete, Green Pastures, Minister for Housing & Communities (invited) All are welcome No conference pass required Breakfast will be provided Register you Attendance via Eventbrite or Email ccfevents@conservatives.com

09.00 Localis

Manchester Art Gallery (Princess Street entrance), M2 3JL : Lecture Room

Reach for the stars – can we reimagine urban devolution?

How might the transfer of fiscal powers, greater local control over investment and budgets ignite dynamic national renewal led by our major cities?

Speakers:

Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis (Chair)
Lord Robert Kerslake, House of Lords
George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Andy Bounds, North of England correspondent & Enterprise Editor , Financial Times
Cllr Catherine Faulks, Cabinet Member, Skills & Enterprise, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities

This Localis fringe, sponsored by Core Cities, will argue a radical localist case for a step change in urban devolved governance, asking us to imagine what a successful future for devolved urban government could look like. Panellists include:George Freeman MP, minister of state, Department for Transport; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol (invited); Lord Kerslake, chair, 2070 Commission; Cllr Nickie Aiken, leader, Westminster City Council; Andy Bounds, North of England correspondent, Financial Times.

10.30 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F12 & F13

Research showcase from The University of Manchester

Join us for a coffee and chat with researchers working on some of the most topical issues affecting society today.

Speakers:

Professor Jamie Woodward, Professor of Physical Geography, The University of Manchester
Dr Chris Jones, Research Associate, Tyndall Manchester , The University of Manchester
Professor Barry Lennox, Professor of Applied Control, The University of Manchester
Professor Sheena Cruickshank, Professor in Biomedical Sciences and Public Engagement , The University of Manchester (Invited)
Dr Caroline Jay, Research Director, Software Sustainabilty Institute, The University of Manchester (Invited)
Professor Hugh Coe, Professor of Atmospheric Composition, The University of Manchester
Professor Michael Shaver, Professor of Polymer Science, The University of Manchester
Niels Peek, Professor of Health Informatics, The University of Manchester

Join us for a coffee and chat with world leading researchers from The University of Manchester on key issues relevant to your constituency. Topics at this drop-in session include microplastics, waste and recycling, seasonal allergies, local climate change targets, air quality, sustainable farming, safer prescribing in General Practice, the latest in robotics and more!

10.00 NHS Confederation

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : Meeting Rooms 2, 3 & 4

The NHS in a post-Brexit world

Leading figures from politics and health and social care explore the impact of the UK’s biggest decision on its most loved institution

Speakers:

Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor, The Telegraph
Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation (Chair)
Nadra Ahmed, Chairman, National Care Association
Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

Leading commentators and representatives from the NHS Confederation-led Brexit Health Alliance and the Cavendish Coalition discuss the challenges facing the NHS and possible solutions. Speakers include Vicky Ford MP, Camilla Tominey (Associate Editor, Telegraph), Mike Thompson (Chief Executive, The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry), Nadra Ahmed OBE (Chairman, National Care Association). Chaired by Niall Dickson (Chief Executive, NHS Confederation).

17.00 Lansons

The Restaurant Bar and Grill : Main Bar

Lansons Business and Financial Services Reception

A reception for representatives from business and financial services

Speakers:

Guy Opperman MP, Member of Parliament for Hexham and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion (Invited)

Hosted by reputation management consultancy Lansons, this invite only event is a fantastic opportunity for senior business and financial services representatives to network with peers and hear from a senior Conservative MP. To express your interest in attending please email partyconference@lansons.com Please note places are limited.

17.30 Westminster City Council

Radisson Manchsester : Radisson Manchester Private Room 14

A Breath of Fresh Air: Westminster’s approach to improve air quality

Join our panel at the Radisson Manchester from 5-7pm on 30 September to discuss what what measures we can take to clean up the air we all breathe.

Speakers:

Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)
Nickie Aiken, Executive member for Schools and Children's Services, London Councils and Leader, Westminster City Council
Ben Webster, Environment Editor, The Times (Chair)
Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive, New West End Company
Frank Kelly, Head, Department of Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Sciences, King's College London

Clean air is one of the biggest priorities for local and national government, as citizens across the country recognise the detrimental impact of poor air quality on their health. Join the Leader of Westminster City Council and leading experts at the Radisson Edwardian Manchester from 5-7pm on Monday 30 September to discuss what measures we can take to clean up the air we all breathe.

12.30 Centre for Cities

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : The Boardroom

Cities in 2020: money, power, elections

Will 2020 mark a watershed for the UK's cities?

Speakers:

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities (Chair)
Abi Brown, Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Neil O'Brien MP, Member of Parliament for Harborough and PPS to the Secretary of State for Justice

Cities power the national economy. With Westminster busy with Brexit, cities have shown themselves ready to step up. Join our debate on what will the future bring for them in terms of funding and powers, and next year's mayoral elections.

18.00 The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The British Academy, The Academy of Medical Sciences

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester : Private Room 18

#PeoplesList: Can £60bn unlock the door to No.10?

Find out why the party that invests effectively in science, research and innovation, will be the party that succeeds in Downing Street.

Speakers:

Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Health
Professor Graeme Reid , Chair of Science & Research Policy at UCL, University College London (Chair)
Prof Simon Swain FBA, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) , University of Warwick
Professor Robert Lechler FMedSci , President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, The Academy of Medical Sciences
Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, CEO and Co-Founder , H2GO Power
Professor John Curtice FBA, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde and NatCen Social Research

The government has set a target to boost investment in research and development to 2.4% GDP by 2027. To meet that target they estimate we’ll need to invest £60bn a year by that date – up from £35bn now. Join our event to find out more about why the party that invests this effectively into science, research and innovation, will be the party that succeeds in Downing Street.

12.00 Arcadis

Housing Hub at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce : Duplex Room

The place to be: How do we create great places where people can live, work and thrive

Places - whatever the scale - impact on the quality of people's lives, so how do we design, manage and evolve place to meet their needs?

Speakers:

Peter Hogg, Cities Director, Arcadis (Chair)
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

This event is invite only. If you're interested in attending, please contact eventsuk@arcadis.com. Lunch will be provided. Esther McVey MP - invited to attend.

16.30 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Taming Tech: How should government and business keep people safe online?

A panel event on online harms and internet regulation, sponsored by Sky

Speakers:

Will Tanner, Director, Onward (Invited)
Damian Collins MP, Chair - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
David Wheeldon, Group Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Sky
Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited)

In the wake of the Government's White Paper this year, this event will consider how we can best keep people safe online and where responsibility for content and activity lies. Sponsored by Sky.

18.00 Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, Company Chemists' Association, National Pharmacy Association and Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Fumo, 1 St Peter's Square : TBC

Prevention is better than cure

How can community pharmacies turn policy into reality?

This event is a roundtable discussion over dinner and capacity is limited. If you would like an invitation, please email: jessica.ferguson@psnc.org.uk

17.00 The Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Catholic Education Service in Partnership with the Catholic Herald

Radisson Blu Edwardian : Function Room 20-21

Catholic Drinks Reception

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Catholic Education Service and Catholic Herald host a drinks reception to celebrate the work of the Catholic Church.

Speakers:The Rt Rev. John Arnold, Bishop of Salford (invited); All welcome

12.30 Midlands Connect, Core Cities, UK2070

Bridgewater Hall : Barbaroli Room

#HS2alltheway

Midlands Connect, Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Core Cities and UK2070 discuss the rebalancing, regenerating and revitalising effects of HS2.

A panel of political, civic and business leaders from the Midlands and the North come together to discuss why delivering HS2 in its entirety is vital to rebalancing the economy and uniting the country.

15.00 Centre for Justice Innovation and Criminal Justice Alliance

Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS : G3

Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners: Leaders for Justice Innovation

A discussion of the crucial role PCCs have to play in leading innovation in justice, and the challenges and opportunities the future holds.

Looking ahead to the 2020 PCC elections, the Centre for Justice Innovation and the Criminal Justice Alliance have produced a briefing which showcases current innovative practice supported by PCCs across the country. The launch of this briefing will feature a discussion with a range of voices on justice issues – including Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex.

18.00 Victoria Prentis MP

Hilton Deansgate : Room 8 and 9

SOCIETY OF CONSERVATIVE LAWYERS & JUSTICE

Vulnerability in the Justice System

Victoria Prentis, MP, Chair, Executive Committee, The Society of Conservative Lawyers and Andrea Coomber, Director of JUSTICE invite you to a Fringe meeting on Vulnerability in the Justice System. Guest speakers will be Richard Atkins, QC, Chair of The Bar Council and Simon Davis, President of The Law Society along with a Senior Cabinet Minister, followed by a reception at 7pm. Please register for the reception on our website www.conservativelawyers.com. All welcome at the fringe meeting.

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07.45 Design and Technology Association

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Creating a future workforce and sustainable industrial growth

Policy Roundtable By Invitation. Senior Party, Business and Education representatives.

Speakers:

Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield
Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union
Geoff Parsons, Executive Chairman, Learn By Design (Chair)
Sarah Weir, CEO, Design Council
Tony Ryan, Chief Executive, Design and Technology Association

The Industrial Strategy aims to boost productivity through investment in skills, industry and infrastructure, building long-term strategic partnerships with businesses to meet the ‘Grand Challenges’ and global markets. It is time to reconsider the importance of creativity and the value of a technical education to close the skills gap post-Brexit. Contact jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

08.00 Centre for Policy Studies in association with JUUL Labs

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

The Life Lottery: Why Inequality in Britain is About More Than Money

Our view of inequality is too often centred on economic inequality. We will discuss the other sides to the debate, in particular health inequality.

Speakers:

Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Care (Invited)
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Max Chambers, Director of Government and Public Affairs, JUUL Labs
Helen Barnard, Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Frank Young, Head of Family Policy, Centre for Social Justice

Inequality in Britain is about more than just money - indeed, health and mortality inequality is huge and growing. What can we do about it?

08.00 Conservative Environment Network

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

How councils can breathe easier on air quality

Discussion of the role of local government in improving air quality and hear from councillors about how they’re tackling air pollution.

Speakers:

Megan Trethewey, Senior Programmes Manager, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network
Polly Billington, Director, UK100
Professor Stephen Holgate CBE FMedSci, Representative, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Alex Chalk MP, Member of Parliament for Cheltenham
Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport

Estimated to cause 64,000 premature deaths per year and cost the UK economy £22.6 billion per year, we must ensure that children grow up with cleaner air. The Clean Air Strategy and upcoming Environment Bill offer increased local powers to promote targeted action. How can we utilise local ideas, alongside traditional approaches such as clean air zones, investment in cycle routes and electric buses, promotional campaigns and increasing EV charging points?

08.00 NHS Providers

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Building the NHS of the future

Looking ahead to the NHS at 80, we will discuss how the service needs to transform and continue to provide high quality care for patients.

Speakers:

Andrew Selous MP, Health Select Committee, Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire

Private roundtable. As we look ahead to the NHS at 80, we will discuss how the service needs to transform and continue to provide high quality care for patients. We will cover key themes including what needs to happen now to enable a sustainable and dynamic service. This includes progressing health and care integration; investment in NHS estates, facilities and digital infrastructure; addressing the workforce challenges; and a sustainable social care

08.00 Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Manchester Central : Exchange 2 & 3 Combined

The Future of Anglo-German relations

With the official Brexit date looming, Anglo-German relations are at a turning point. This event will examine the way forward for the UK and Germany.

Speakers:

Dr Günter Krings MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community
Stefanie Bolzen, UK Correspondent, Die Welt
Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Former Chief Secretary to HM Treasury (Invited)
Felix Dane, Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Chair)

The event will examine the impact of Brexit on Anglo-German relations and look at how the UK and Germany can face ongoing & future challenges

08.00 CEN with GreenerUK

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Business, People and the Environment Bill

Discussing how the Environment Bill can support the next stage of growth for businesses & build the foundation for a world-leading sustainable economy

Speakers:

Benet Northcote, Board Member, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Invited)
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods Group
Hilary McGrady, Director-General, The National Trust
Craig Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Earth

The green economy is growing two to three times faster than the mainstream economy, and now supports over 400,000 jobs. Firms support the certainty provided by a clear long-term framework of regulations; how could the new Environment Bill spur additional investment and innovation in the green economy? Could it de-risk investment in mainstream infrastructure? How can it best be applied to different types and sized businesses?

08.00 Tearfund

Manchester Central : Central 8

This is a Rubbish Fringe Event: How to break the link between plastic and poverty

A panel featuring, Journalists, MPs, Private Sector and Development Practitioners discussing the impact responsiblity for single use plastic.

Speakers:

Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Richard Gower, Senior Policy Adviser, Tearfund
Anna Turrell, Head of Sustainability, Nestle Uk & Ireland
Sandra Laville, Senior Environment Correspondent, The Guardian (Chair)

We have a rubbish problem – and it’s hitting those living in poverty the hardest. Every 30 seconds someone dies because of diseases caused by plastic pollution and mismanaged waste. Multinational companies can help break the link between plastic and poverty. Join us as we talk through solutions to the current crisis.

08.00 Liquid Gas UK and PRASEG

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Net Zero: How Should We Tackle Off-Grid Homes?

This panel discussion will address crucial steps policy makers need to take to effectively decarbonise rural off-grid homes, ensuring Net Zero is met.

Speakers:

James Heappey MP, Member of Parliament for Wells (Invited)
David Blackman, Journalist (Chair)
Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Representative (Invited)
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Invited)
Sophia Haywood, Liquid Gas UK
Jeff House, Baxi Heating UK

The Net Zero amendment to the Climate Change Act has thrust the UK to the forefront of international leadership on climate change. But if we are to achieve this target, new policies will be needed. This panel discussion will address crucial steps policy makers need to take to effectively decarbonise rural off-grid homes, including the exciting potential for bioLPG and other renewable energy solutions, while ultimately ensuring a ‘just transition’ to Net Zero.

08.00 Institute for Government, Wellcome Trust and Imperial College London

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

‘Global Britain’: more than a slogan?

What role should the UK play in global and multilateral bodies and what kind of trading nation should it aspire to be?

Speakers:

Richard Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Gloucester
Hon George Brandis, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Australian High Commission
Stephen Adams, Senior Director, Global Counsel
Dr Beth Thompson, Head of UK & EU Policy, Wellcome Trust
Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director, Institute for Government (Chair)

Leaving the EU gives the UK an opportunity to act with greater freedom on the world stage. But how should this freedom be used? How can the UK leverage its areas of strength? What role should the UK play in global and multilateral bodies and what kind of trading nation should it aspire to be?

08.00 The Conservative Party

Manchester Central : Charter 1

Tech Morning

Our first ever Tech Forum at CPC - Not to be missed!

The sessions we will cover are: How AI can contribute to education, health, safety Britain's role in aerospace Energy and innovation The future for AI Upskilling the UK Open to all Conference delegates!

08.00 British Red Cross

Midland Hotel : The Tea Rooms

Tackling the humanitarian impact of the climate crisis and extreme weather

Private roundtable discussion (invite only)

08.15 Social Market Foundation with The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL)

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

Delivering on promises to Further Education

Boris Johnson has promised that FE will be a Conservative priority. Join us to hear how government can deliver on this promise.

Speakers:

James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)
Zamzam Ibrahim, President, NUS
Professor Baroness Alison Wolf CBE, Augar Review of Post-18 Education Panel
Adam Drummond, Associate Director & Partner, Opinium

Successive governments have neglected further education, in favour of higher education. Boris Johnson has made a bold promise to do better for FE and the people who rely on it. How can the government deliver on this promise? What should a thriving FE sector look like? Join us to discuss how government, business and education providers could work together to better support FE, its learners and its leaders. Refreshments from 08:15, event begins at 08:30.

08.15 Tory Reform Group

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

TRG Forum: The Response To Populism

How to rekindle Conservatism for a new generation

Speakers:

Bim Afolami MP, Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden
Flora Coleman, Deputy Chair, Tory Reform Group (Chair)
Siobhan Baillie, PPC Storud

With age the new dividing line in British politics, join the discussion as we explore the ideas and actions our party must take to inspire a new generation of Conservatives and take on the populist agenda. Further details at www.trg.org.uk

08.15 Social Market Foundation (SMF) with The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

Getting the UK retirement ready in the age of auto-enrolment and pension freedoms

Join us to discuss how we can ensure people are ready to navigate the evolving pensions landscape.

Speakers:

Guy Opperman MP, Member of Parliament for Hexham and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
Laura Miller, Freelance financial journalist
Mark Williams, Chair of Pensions Board, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Kathryn Petrie, Chief Economist, Social Market Foundation (Chair)
Nigel Mills MP , Work and Pensions Select Committee

Auto-enrolment has created millions of new pension savers. Pension freedoms have given individuals greater control over what they do with their savings. Meanwhile, some responsibilities previously managed by employers now fall on individuals. How can we help them make the most of these new opportunities? Are people aware of how much they need to save? Join our panel to discuss whether the UK is ready for retirement. Refreshments: 08:15 ; Event starts: 08:30

08.30 Demos & Jisc

Manchester Central : Exchange 5

Research 4.0: Will robots replace researchers?

Panel discussion on research automation

Speakers:

Polly Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)
Matthew Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Invited)
Dr Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, JISC
Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy and Data Ethics, Gemserv
James Crouch, Head of Omnibus and Research Manager, Opinium

Join Demos and Jisc as we discuss how the UK can maximise the opportunities of ‘automated research’ to benefit the research sector and position itself as a world leader.

08.30 Westminster City Council

Midland Hotel : Royce Suite

Setting local government free: fiscal devolution

Join us for a panel discussion on the future of local government and devolution from 8.30am – 9.30am at the Midland Hotel.

Speakers:

Craig McWilliam, Chief Executive Britain and Ireland, Grosvenor
Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (Invited)
Nickie Aiken, Executive member for Schools and Children's Services, London Councils and Leader, Westminster City Council
Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Invited)
Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph (Chair)

Local Government is at a crossroads. Over the past decade councils have become more creative with their budgeting to meet the needs of their residents, businesses and visitors. Can local government find a more sustainable way of funding itself? Should local government be allowed to keep more of the taxes it collects? Should localism mean fiscal devolution? Join us for a panel discussion on the future of local government and devolution from 8.30am – 9.30am at the Midland Hotel.

08.30 Lloyds Banking Group and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

Saving for our future – How should we tackle the UK’s savings gap?

A private roundtable, discussing the the UK's saving gap

Speakers:

The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation

Please note, this roundtable discussion is by invitation only. Please email Victoria.jackson@prospectmagazine.co.uk for more information.

08.30 Demos & AVIVA

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Money Talks: Harnessing the power of individual savers for tackling climate change

Panel discussion on investment and climate change

Speakers:

Dame Julie Mellor DBE, Chair, Demos (Chair)
Neil Parish , MP
Marte Borhaug, Head of ESG strategic projects, AVIVA
Michael Kind, Campaign Manager, ShareAction
Charles Seaford, Senior Fellow, Demos
Richard Hardyment, Research Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

As one of the world’s leading financial sectors, the City of London is well-placed to champion a national response to the climate emergency and set a precedent worldwide. There is growing recognition that what the City of London chooses to invest in can lead the way in ensuring a greener, cleaner and healthier economy. Join Demos to discuss how we can encourage people and businesses in the City toward tackling climate change.

08.30 The Haemophilia Society

Manchester Central : LondonLounge

Access to innovation in medicines: could we save the NHS a bleeding fortune?

The Haemophilia Society is hosting a panelled event in the London Lounge on access to treatment and how it could generate savings for the NHS.

Speakers:

Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor , The Sunday Times (Chair)
Liz Carroll, Chief Executive, The Haemophilia Society
Ben Howlett, Managing Director , Dorson West (Invited)
Neil Dugdale, Vice-President and General Manager, UK and Republic of Ireland, Sobi
James Davies, Former MP for the Vale of Cwyd (Invited)

The Haemophilia Society is hosting an event focusing on access to treatment. Chaired by The Sunday Times’ Caroline Wheeler, and featuring keynote speakers such as Liz Carroll the panel discusses whether treatments for bleeding disorders could pave the way for new models of commissioning. The panel will consider the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood’s upcoming report on Access to Treatment for those living with bleeding disorders, and how it could save the NHS time and resources.

09.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Port of Dover

Manchester Central : Central 5

With one month to go until Brexit, how prepared are Britain’s key transport links?

Discussion on the progress to ensure that Britain’s transport links are properly prepared for Brexit and an analysis of the current work programme.

Speakers:

George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Doug Bannister, Chief Executive, Port of Dover
James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association
Henry Hill, Assistant Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Discussion on the progress to ensure that Britain’s transport links are properly prepared for Brexit and an analysis of the current work programme.

09.00 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

How can local councils deliver value for money on tighter budgets?

Join us for a panel discussion that will examine the many innovative ways councils are driving down costs and increasing efficiency.

Speakers:

Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
Cllr Charles Fifield, Councillor, Cheshire West & Chester Council
Cllr Ferris Cowper, Councillor, East Hampshire District Council
Cllr Andrew Kennedy, Councillor, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

Fed up of paying too much council tax? Join us for a panel discussion that will examine the many innovative ways councils are driving down costs and increasing efficiency. The result is lower council tax bills and better services for ratepayers.

09.00 The Telegraph’s Chief Political Correspondent, Christopher Hope

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

Telegraph Refresh

How can the Conservative Party appeal to young people? Refresh is an initiative by The Telegraph to get young people talking about politics.

Speakers:

Juliet Samuel, Columnist, The Daily Telegraph
Luke Graham MP, Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire

09.00 Voluntary Party

Manchester Central : Training Zone

The Successful Association Chairman

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

A guide to the responsibilities you are taking on with tips and ideas on turning your Association into an effective political force.

09.15 ConservativeHome

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Moggcast LIVE with ConservativeHome

Sit in on the recording of Jacob Rees-Mogg's hit podcast.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Leader of the House of Commons
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome

An exclusive chance to see a special conference episode of ConservativeHome’s Jacob Rees-Mogg podcast. The Moggcast is recorded in front of a live audience. Jacob will be in conversation with Paul Goodman and the interview - as well as your audience questions - will be broadcast to listeners around the world later the same day.

09.30 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Does Westminster Get Tech?

Britain leads Europe as a tech hub and start-up centre. But do those in Government understand what needs to be done to preserve this success?

Speakers:

Vinous Ali, Associate Director of Policy, techUK
Caroline Elsom, Senior Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Matthew Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Invited)
Alina Dimofte, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
Karen Renshaw, Senior Associate Public Policy, Uber
Dom Hallas, Executive Director, The Coalition for a Digital Economy

Britain leads Europe as a tech hub and start-up centre. But do those in Government understand what needs to be done to preserve this success?

09.30 Voluntary Party

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Turning members into activists and identifying tomorrows officers

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

Enthusing our new members, discovering new talent, succession planning and knowing when to hand over the baton.

09.45 Policy Exchange and Inmarsat

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Competition on the final frontier: Implementing the Prime Minister’s agenda on Space

Space is a key component of national power in the 21st century.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office
The Rt Hon. Lord David Willetts, President of Advisory Council & Intergenerational Centre, Resolution Foundation
Ian Taylor, Strategic Advisor, Inmarsat
Gabriel Elefteriu, Head of Space Policy & Senior Defence Fellow, Policy Exchange (Chair)
Lucy Edge, COO, Satellite Applications Catapult

Space is a key component of national power in the 21st century. Britain's major allies are giving it top priority and they are investing heavily in their space capabilities as a matter of national interest. This is a civil and military imperative. Despite positive political noise, we risk being left behind. Critical decisions need to be taken now on key issues - a UK National Space Council, and the future for a UK Global Navigation Satellite System to secure our position in this strategic domain

10.00 Action on Addiction

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Everyone knows someone affected by addiction. Where do we go from here for families and children?

Communities of recovery: how we support children and families; join the discussion with policy leaders

Speakers:

William Wragg, Member of Parliament, Conservative Party (Invited)
Giles Dilnot, Director of Communications and External Affairs, Office of the Children's Commissioner for England (Chair)
Rosamund McNeil, Assistant General Secretary, National Education Union
Graham Beech, Action on Addiction
David Burrowes, Director, Manifesto To Strenthen Families

Drawing on insights and expertise from related areas such as troubled families, mental health, domestic abuse, homelessness how can evidence-based approaches to addiction build individual and family resilience across communities, to engage with families and children, to hear their voices and understand their needs. Public health, local authority, voluntary sector, business and party representatives. Contact: jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

10.00 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Making the most of your time on the doorstep

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Is your canvassing as accurate as it could be? What should you be asking? The most successful companies in the world use it. And we’ve got tons of evidence to show this method helps us identify waverers and swing voters. In other words, the people who’ll decide your next election. Want to know what it is? Join us and we’ll help you make the most of your time on the doorstep."

10.15 Institute of Economic Affairs and the Centre for Social Justice

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

DEBATE: Is there a case for recreational cannabis legalisation?

Should the UK legalise recreational cannabis? The IEA and CSJ go head to head in this debate, chaired by Isabel Oakeshott.

Speakers:

Adrian Crossley, Centre for Social Justice, Head of Addiction
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Founder and Chairman, CSJ
Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Crispin Blunt MP, Chairman, CDPRG
Oli Foster, Journalism, Sky News (Chair) (Invited)

Advocates of cannabis legalisation argue this would lead to safer consumption, easier access to emergency care, a revenue boost for the Treasury, and an expansion of our personal freedoms. Those against point to the effect of addiction on our nations most vulnerable, its negative health implications, the potential for increased consumption and the impact cannabis use can have on learning and development. Is there a case for legalisation? Join the IEA and CSJ for this debate and cast your vote!

10.30 CEN with E3G

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Going for Net Zero with Artificial Intelligence

Discussing the opportunities for utilising artificial intelligence in the energy sector to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy

Speakers:

Benet Northcote, Board Member, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Laura Sandys, Chair, Government Energy Data Taskforce
Clementine Cowton, Director of External Affairs, Octopus Energy
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Pete Clutton-Brock, Senior Associate, E3G

The UK is currently investing £1 billion into AI, and is well-placed to take a leadership position in AI for energy, with London dominating the European market and many UK universities at the forefront of this research. This panel will look to explore both the potential opportunities for, and barriers to, the integration of AI into the energy sector, and how the UK can shape the international market for AI in this sector. How can AI feed into the government’s ambitious Clean Growth Strategy?

10.30 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Passing the 'so what' test

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"How to write effective communications – from emails to leaflets to letters. Are you getting your message across in the most effective way possible? Possibly not. But we can help. We’ll take you through the tips and tricks of the copywriting trade. These come from professionals in the private sector as well as campaigners from across the country. So why not drop in?"

11.00 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Is it time for social care to be funded like the NHS?

In contrast to the health service, the current system of social care has proved unworkable, unsustainable and unfair.

Speakers:

Will Heaven, Director of Policy, Policy Exchange (Chair)
Baroness Camilla Cavendish, former Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange
Richard Sloggett, Former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

In contrast to the health service, the current system of social care has proved unworkable, unsustainable and unfair. Individuals face a lottery that means if they face one type of health condition, the costs are covered in full by the NHS. If it’s another type – dementia, for example – they can face ruinous costs, particularly if they are homeowners. Is it time for what has been called ‘the logical completion of the welfare state’?

11.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Shelter

Manchester Central : Central 5

How does the modern Conservative Party reconnect with the tradition of social housebuilding?

With millions trapped privately renting and locked out of home ownership, is now the time to reconnect with the tradition of social housebuilding?

Speakers:

Polly Neate, CEO, Shelter
Bob Blackman MP, Member, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government
Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England
Vicky Spratt, Housing Journalist, i News
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

We know a stable home is a vital part of a successful society. And for previous generations social housing offered this, but now, for too many, social housing and homeownership are out of reach, meaning only unstable and expensive private renting is left. In the post war era, Conservatives led the way in social housing delivery, and now as much as ever the Conservative Party needs to reconnect with its social home history. Join us to discuss how this can be achieved.

11.00 CapX

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

CapX Live: The Future of Capitalism

A live recording of CapX's podcast on the future of the economic system that makes the world go around. See CPS website or conference app for speakers

Speakers:

John Ashmore, Editor, CapX (Chair)
Alan Lockey, Head of the Future Work Centre, RSA
Sam Bowman, Principal, Fingleton Associates
Casey Calista, Digital Policy Expert

With the rise of the hard left in the Labour Party, a serious discussion needs to be had about the future of capitalism and how we preserve public confidence in the system that has enriched us all. Joining the CapX team will be a selection of MPs and experts for a live recording of the CapX podcast.

11.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with The UK in a Changing Europe

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

Delivering Brexit: a conversation

Join the UK in a Changing Europe and ConservativeHome to discuss where next for the Conservative Party on Brexit.

Speakers:

Rt Hon David Gauke MP, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Professor Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

With weeks to go till the UK is due to leave the European Union, the UK in a Changing Europe and ConservativeHome are bringing together senior figures in the party and academic expertise to discuss the key Brexit issues: will the UK leave the EU on 31 October, and if so will it be with or without a deal? Is the Boris Johnson government more ready and willing to implement a no deal Brexit than Theresa May? And what would a general election, before or after Brexit, mean for the Conservative Party?

11.00 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Constructing your Political Narrative

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"It’s not about Conservative vs. Labour. So what is the message at your election? Have you ever told a voter that an election will be very close? That it’s a two-horse race? Then you haven’t constructed an effective political narrative. But we can help. Whatever the election, there’s always an effective message to be found. Come along and we’ll share our tips for constructing a political narrative."

11.10 Outreach Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Ask Her To Stand

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

‘Ask Her To Stand’- Learn from women MPs and Councillors about standing for office.

11.15 Conservative Young Women

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Combatting The Climate Crisis with CYW

CYW Policy Roundtable By Invitation. Chair: Daisy Peck, CYW Environment Officer; young members and senior party representatives.

Climate change will be a deciding issue for many young voters at the ballot box next election - join CYW to discuss the innovative policies required to take meaningful action on climate change. By invitation only, contact: jhopkins@citadelcomms.co.uk

11.30 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Tax reform from across the globe: what lessons can the UK learn?

From the US to Australia, radical tax reform is bearing fruit. Join us for a panel discussion on how we can embrace it in the UK.

Speakers:

Mike Denham, Chairman, TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
Ted Bromund, Senior Research Fellow, Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom
Hon George Brandis, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Australian High Commission
Matthew Lynn, Financial Columnist, The Daily Telegraph
Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation
The Hon Simon Bridges MP, Leader, National Party of New Zealand (Invited)

From the US to Australia, radical tax reform is bearing fruit. But the UK has largely swerved such a conversation in recent years. The panel will explore how to apply the pro-growth changes to the UK tax system which have worked abroad in recent years.

11.30 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: How's it looking? Analysing VI Data

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

Tips to understand what your VI data is really telling you.

11.55 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: Building Target Audiences with Data

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Using data to get your message out – to the right people about the right things. Would you send an InTouch about one ward to residents of another? Of course not. So why would you target a communication at people who aren’t likely to care about it? We’ll show you how to build target audiences for your campaigns – so you can win more votes."

12.00 CEN with EDF Energy

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Women and climate change: impact and response

Discussing how the impacts of climate change will impact women around the world & how more women can be involved in the response via STEM

Speakers:

Megan Trethewey, Senior Programmes Manager, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
Isabella Gornall, Managing Director, Seahorse Environmental Communications
Julia Pyke, Nuclear Development Director, EDF Energy
Laura Round, Former-Special Adviser
Sue Willsher, Tearfund, Senior Policy Advisor

Women around the world will be disproportionately impacted by climate change, mostly due to existing gender inequalities. Women are also less likely to be involved in the conversation with inequalities in STEM subjects in particular. Initiatives from companies like EDF Energy aim to inspire more women into STEM or apprenticeships. This panel will consider the impact climate change will have on women, and how women can be more involved in the response to climate change as well.

12.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Building capacity

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"You need boots on the ground. So how will you find them? Our guide to building capacity will help you recruit and keep the activists you need. And we’ll give you the lowdown on how to gather the numbers, emails and voting intentions you’ll need."

12.30 Centre for Policy Studies in association with Ryse Hydrogen

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Robert Colvile in Conversation with the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

CPS Director Robert Colvile chats with the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Jo Bamford, Executive Chair, Ryse Hydrogen

CPS Director Robert Colvile chats with the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth. Introduced by a representative from Ryse Hrydrogen.

12.30 Policy Exchange and National Trust

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

How can parks and green spaces transform our towns and cities?

Our urban parks and green spaces represent precious parts of our towns’ and cities’ heritage

Speakers:

Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Hilary McGrady, Director-General, The National Trust
Jack Airey, Head of Housing, Policy Exchange (Chair)
Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup
Karl Wilding, Chief Executive, NCVO

Our urban parks and green spaces represent precious parts of our towns’ and cities’ heritage. They are also a community asset that can promote health, integration and civic initiative. But the past decade has permanently changed the relationship between local government, the third sector and communities. What does the future hold for these networks and the delivery of public goods?

12.30 Learn By Design and CWO

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Wise Up: Women in STEM and The Economy

Panel Debate. Invited speakers Vicky Ford MP Science & Technology Committee & Nusrat Ghani MP Minister for Transport. Host By Design, CWO with Fujitsu

Speakers:

Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chicester
Sarah Weir, CEO, Design Council
Vicky Ford MP, Member of Parliament for Chelmsford
Nusrat Ghani MP, Member of Parliament for Wealden
Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive, Engineering UK
Rosamund McNeil, Assistant General Secretary, National Education Union
Roger Bailey, Chief Technical Officer, Tideway
Geoff Parsons, Executive Chairman, Learn By Design (Chair)

Can we afford to leave 50% of our potential workforce, under-represented and under-supported in STEM careers? When 50% representation in GCSE Physics drops to only 16% representation for Engineering and Technology first degree entrants, we need to redouble in our efforts to fill and prevent the on-going skills gap. Speakers: Geoff Parsons, By Design Group; Saba Shaukat, CWO; Prof Judith Driscoll, Cambridge University; Sarah Weir OBE, Design Council. Incl. afternoon exhibit on Women in STEM

12.30 Home Group

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

Hope for Housing: how can the Conservatives ensure a policy that unites the country?

Join us to discuss the ways in which the Conservative Government can solve the housing challenge through building more affordable houses.

Speakers:

John Penrose MP, Member of Parliament for for Weston-super-Mare
Bob Blackman MP, Member, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government
Rico Wojtulewicz, Senior Policy Advisor, National Federation of Builders
Robert Morritt, Head of Public Affairs, Home Group
Anne Ashworth, Assistant Editor, The Times (Chair)

Following the National Housing Federation Poll, which suggested that 71 per cent of people think that the government is not doing enough to tackle the housing problem, join us to discuss the ways in which the Conservative Government can take the action needed to build more affordable houses.

12.30 Octopus

Manchester Central : Central 7

Busting the Myths Around Renewables

Will the UK reach its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050? Join Octopus and industry experts to discuss the myths behind energy policy

Speakers:

Jess Shankleman, UK Politics Reporter, Bloomberg (Chair)
David Duguid MP, Team PPS, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Bim Afolami MP, Member of Parliament for Hitchin and Harpenden
Barnaby Wharton, Director of Future Energy Systems, RenewableUK
Chris Hulatt, Founder, Octopus

In June the UK became one of the first nations to commit to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But huge challenges to meeting this target remain. What will it take to make this a reality? Join Octopus and industry experts to discuss the myths behind energy policy.

12.45 Ombudsman Services

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Nurturing SMEs: building trust in markets and ensuring they get a fair deal

In an uncertain economy, how we can create an environment for SMEs to prosper and ensure they receive protections from unfair practice.

Speakers:

Kevin Hollinrake MP, Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton
Andy Bounds, North of England correspondent & Enterprise Editor , Financial Times (Chair)
Matthew Vickers, Chief Executive and Chief Ombudsman , Ombudsman Services
Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive, Energy UK
Cathryn Ross, Director of Regulatory Affairs, BT Group

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in the UK economy but often do not enjoy the same rights and protections as individual consumers. How can we build SME trust and confidence in key markets such as energy and telecoms?

12.45 Bright Blue with MHA

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

Care in crisis? The state of elderly social care

The new Prime Minister has said he wants to fix the social care crisis. This event will explore how to do it

Speakers:

Edward Argar MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Invited)
Alice Thomson, Associate Editor, The Times
Sir Muir Gray CBE MD, Director, Optimal Ageing Programme for Living Longer Better
Cllr Faye Purbrick, Somerset County Councillor, British Government
Sam Monaghan, CEO, MHA
Ryan Shorthouse, Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

12.45 Institute of Economic Affairs and the National House Building Council

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

In conversation with... Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Housing Secretary

Kate Andrews, IEA Associate-Director, sits down with Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)

Kate Andrews, IEA Associate Director, sits down with Robert Jenrick MP - Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government - to discuss the future of house-building and home ownership in the UK.

12.45 Institute for Government and Bechtel

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

How can government and industry work together to build infrastructure that's fit for the future?

How can the Government effectively manage transport and infrastructure projects and ensure it is getting value for money?

Speakers:

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Industry and Business
Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP, BEIS Committee Member and former Secretary of State for Transport
Chris McMonagle, Head of Strategy & Business Development, UK Infrastructure, Bechtel
Nick Davies, Programme Director, Institute for Government (Chair)

The Government must confront some difficult questions about the country’s economic future. Such as delivering effective transport and energy infrastructure projects. Yet often the largest can face delays and budget overruns. How can the Government ensure it is getting value for money? Is there a better way to manage the relationship with the consultancy, design and construction businesses involved? How can we improve accountability when things go wrong?

12.45 IPPR Centre for Economic Justice

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

How Can the UK Economy be Both Prosperous and Just?

Speakers:

George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Lord Robert Kerslake, House of Lords
Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR (Chair)
Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair, City of London Corporation
Carys Roberts, Head, Centre for Economic Justice, IPPR
Charlotte Pickles, Director, Reform

This event will discuss the economic trends that will affect the UK economy over the next decade and how it can be both prosperous and just.

12.45 Adam Smith Institute

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Giving the Green Light to Legal Cannabis

This joint panel with the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group will look at evidence from cannabis legalisation across the world.

Speakers:

Crispin Blunt MP, Chairman, CDPRG
Rob Wilson, CEO, CDPRG
George McBride, Co-Founder, Hanway Associates
Liz McCulloch, Director of Policy, Volteface (Chair)
Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Member of Parliament for Royal Sutton Coldfield

The case for cannabis legalisation is powerful. Criminalisation has increased organised crime, created stronger strains, and led to undesirable street dealing. More Britons support a legal, regulated cannabis market than oppose it. International experience underlines the importance of a regulatory system that is simple to understand, adequately resourced, and properly planned. We must ensure evidence, not hyperbole, guides the debate around the future of Britain’s recreational cannabis market.

12.45 Urban Transport Group

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

Big cities, big challenges - what should the transport priorities be?

UTG make the case for urban transport and aim to make the city regions more prosperous, healthier and greener places to live in.

Speakers:

Joanne Rooney OBE, CEO, Manchester City Council (Chair)
Transport Minister, Transport Minister (Invited)
Stephen Edwards, Executive Director, SYPTE
Polly Billington, Director, UK100
Vernon Everitt, Managing Director, Customers, Communication, Technology, TFL

UTG make the case for urban transport and aim to make the city regions more prosperous, healthier and greener places to live in.

12.45 ECR Group/Conservative Friends of the ECR

Manchester Central : Charter 4

Britain's Defence & Security after Brexit

A Great Future - Britain's Defence and Security Relationship with Europe and the wider world post Brexit

Speakers:

Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, Member of the European Parliament, Conservatives in the European Parliament (Chair)
Professor Michael Clarke, Security expert, Former Director Royal United Services Institute (Invited)

This fringe will be chaired by Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, our Conservative Defence and Security expert in the European Parliament and Leader of the Conservative MEPs. We are delighted that Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence and Professor Michael Clarke former Director of the Royal United Services Institute will be taking part in this fringe. Lunch will be served.

12.45 Institute for Government and PwC

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

How can the Conservatives develop a domestic policy that takes the country with them?

Panellists will explore the the current political landscape and discuss a range of subjects

Speakers:

Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute for Government
Iain Dale, Broadcaster and journalist (Chair)
Iain Martin, Times columnist, Editor of Reaction
Sir Charles Bowman, Senior Partner, PwC

Panellists will explore the the current political landscape and discuss a range of subjects focused around the prospects for developing a Conservative domestic agenda on tax and public spending, given the economic outlook post-Brexit.

12.45 Institute for Government and Fragomen

Midland Hotel : Stanley Suite

Taking back control of migration policy

How can the Government secure the rights of EU citizens’ in the UK and build and immigration system that is fit for the future?

Speakers:

Harry Cole, Deputy Political Editor, Mail on Sunday
Julia Onslow-Cole, Partner, Global Government Strategies and Compliance, Fragomen
Joe Owen, Programme Director, Institute for Government
Mark Harper, Member of Parliament , MP for Forest of Dean
Emma Norris, Director of Research, Institute for Government (Chair)

Outside the European Union, the UK will have an opportunity to reform its immigration system. Free movement will come to an end, and a new policy can be introduced. Does this policy meet the demands of voters and the economy and is that possible? We will explore the challenge of balancing these two demands and look at how the Government can secure the rights of EU citizens’ in the UK and build an immigration system that is fit for the future.

12.45 Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) England

Manchester Central : Central 8

99 (£billion) Problems: Mental Health and the UK Economy

Mental ill health costs the UK Economy £99 billion every year. Our fringe explores proposals to address this drain on our economic performance.

Over 300,000 people fall out of work every year due to mental ill health and it has an estimated £99 billion impact on the UK economy. This session will explore proposals to address this drain on the UK’s economic performance in line with the core standards for mentally healthy workplaces set out in the 2017 Stevenson\Farmer Review, including better support for employees provided by employers.

12.45 APPG on Hydrogen

Manchester Central : Exchange 6 & 7 Combined

Net Zero: why hydrogen is essential to meeting debarbonisation targets

Invited Speaker: Rt Hon Andrea Leasdom MP, Secretary of State, BEIS; Invited Chair: Ben Houchen, Mayor, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Representatives from Alstom, Cadent, Energy and Utilities Alliance, Northern Gas Networks, SGN

13.00 techUK & Cisco

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

In Conversation with the Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP

Join techUK and Ciscco for an in conversation with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Speakers:

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (Invited)
Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (Chair)
Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Scot Gardner, Chief Executive, UK & Ireland, Cisco

Scot Garnder, UK & Ireland MD for Cisco, and Julian David, CEO of techUK hold an in conversation with the new DCMS Secretary of State Nicky Morgan MP.

13.00 UK Music

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

We Can Work It Out

#SelfieLeave & the campaign to help self-employed creative freelancers

Speakers:

Michael Dugher, CEO, UK Music (Chair)
Nigel Adams MP, Minister of State for Sport, Media and Creative Industries
Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, House of Lords
Olga FitzRoy, Award-winning Coldplay & Dr Who sound engineer
Simon McVicker, Director of Policy, IPSE

Join Chair Michael Dugher (CEO, UK Music) for an in depth panel discussion on how to support creative freelancers and entrepreneurs with Nigel Adams MP (Minister of State for Sport, Media & Creative Industries, DCMS), Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, OlgaFitzRoy (award-winning Coldplay & Dr Who sound engineer) & Simon McVicker (Director of Policy, IPSE). Lunch and refreshment provided!

13.00 Home Builders Federation

Manchester Central : Exchange 2

Housing and the environment: The climate for change

This discussion will explore how we can build more new homes at pace, while also increasing energy efficiency and enhancing the natural environment.

Speakers:

Jennie Daly, Group Operations Director, Taylor Wimpey (Invited)
Peter Andrew, Deputy Chairman, Home Builders Federation (Chair)
Helen Evans, Chair, G15
Simon Markall, Head of Public Affairs and Engagement, Energy UK
Adam Royle, Head of Advocacy, National Trust

Over the past five years, the home building industry has made considerable progress in increasing the supply of new homes. As we seek to increase housing delivery further, the industry is committed to doing more in its support of biodiversity, the protection of wildlife and enhancing energy efficiency. Please join us for a discussion on how developers, communities and environmental agencies can work together to deliver on this ambition.

13.00 Demos & MasterCard

Manchester Central : Cobden 1

Financial Inclusion in a Digital World: Cash, cashlessness and choice

Panel discussion on access to cash

Speakers:

Mark Barnett, Division President, UK, Ireland, Nordics and Baltics, MasterCard
John Howells, CEO, LINK
Caroline Normand, Director of Advocacy, Which?
Colleen Murray, Head of International Policy, Square
Polly Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

Join Demos and MasterCard for this panel discussion on how we ensure that the financial inclusion agenda can profit, rather than be hindered, by the digital age.

13.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Aon

Manchester Central : Central 5

Disaster Resilience and Recovery: How can the UK Government and Insurance sector work together in the developing world

Join us in exploring how the UK’s public and private sectors can partner to help developing counties prepare for, and recover from, natural disasters.

Speakers:

Andrew Stephenson MP, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Dominic Christian, Global Chairman of Reinsurance Solutions, Aon
Benjamin Webster, Head of Emergencies, Surge & Technical Advice (ESTA) , British Red Cross
Ian Branagan, SVP and Group Chief Risk Officer, RenaissanceRe
Ben Roback, Political Consultant & Columnist, Cicero Group & ConservativeHome (Chair)

As the world becomes increasingly aware of climate change and its impact on global weather events, the international community is coming together to explore how new approaches can ensure the burden of developing resilience and delivering reconstruction following natural disasters does not fall on the most vulnerable. Join leading experts in exploring how the UK’s government, NGO and private sectors can collaborate to support at-risk developing countries around the world.

13.00 Digital Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Digital Campaigning for Associations - what does good look like?

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Intended audience: Those with responsibility for Association digital output This hour-long session is a whistle-stop tour of digital campaigning Best Practice for Associations, focussing on three main aspects: social media, email newsletters and websites. This will mainly be a trainer-led presentation, however there will be a short Q&A at the end."

14.00 Centre for Policy Studies in association with Independent Age

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Fixing the Care Crisis: Solving Social Care

Discussing the future of social care and how it is funded. At a critical time for the UK's social care system, how can we can fix the care crisis?

Speakers:

Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Former First Secretary of State
Emily Duncan, COO, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association
Alex Morton, Head of Policy, Centre for Policy Studies
Simon Tucker, Director of Innovation, Independent Age

Social care is one of the most controversial topics in British politics - but one that urgently needs to be addressed. Building on the CPS’s own work with the Rt Hon Damian Green MP, the discussion will bring together experts and policy makers alike to examine the future of social care for older people in the UK and the options for reforming the system and the way it is funded as it comes under increasing pressure.

14.00 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

How to unleash growth in the North

While the cities of the North are individually strong, collectively they could be made stronger.

Speakers:

David Sketon, Global Strategic Policy Planning, Google
Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley
Henri Murison, Director, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership
Jennifer Williams, Politics and Investigations Editor, Manchester Evening News (Invited)
Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange (Chair)

There is no escaping the fact that London dominates the UK economy. While the cities of the North are individually strong, collectively they could be made stronger. The whole is less than the sum of its parts. How can we change this? What investment is needed to create the liveability and the connections that the North needs to grow and thrive?

14.00 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Death and taxes: should inheritance tax be scrapped?

Join us for a panel discussion on the much-hated Inheritance Tax.

Speakers:

John O'Connell, Chief Executive, The TaxPayers' Alliance (Chair)
Angela Knight CBE, former Chair of the Office of Tax Simplification
Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies
Duncan Simpson, Research Director, Taxpayers Alliance

In these unstable times, it can feel like nothing is certain except death and taxes. In this TaxPayers' Alliance panel, we explore the measure which covers both - the dreaded inheritance tax. With increasing numbers of people dragged into this levy, particularly in London and the South East, what can be done about it?

14.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Fighting the Greens

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Here’s what to look out for when you’ve got green candidates. Find out the simple steps you can take to make sure your campaign doesn’t fall short."

15.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with FSB

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

ConservativeHome Business Conversation

The small business question time will focus on the Conservative’s plans and policy proposals for the UK’s small business and the self-employed.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Join FSB and ConservativeHome for the Small Business Question Time. The discussion will focus on the Conservative’s plans and policy proposals for the UK’s small business and the self-employed.

15.00 ConservativeHome in partnership with Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Manchester Central : Central 5

Could low-income voters hold the key to the next election?

Join leading thought leaders for a timely exploration of how the Conservative Party can best appeal to low-income voters

Speakers:

Nusrat Ghani MP, Member of Parliament for Wealden (Invited)
Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, Founder and Chairman of the All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Professor Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe
James Kanagasooriam, Partner, Hanbury Strategy
Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

Recent analysis from JRF reveals that higher turnout and more switching between parties means low-income voters could hold the key to the next election. But as politics continues to be dominated by Brexit, how can the parties best appeal to this group? To provoke discussion, JRF will present findings from a major research programme into what low-income voters want, how they have behaved in recent elections, as well as the first ever public mapping of their distribution across key marginal seats.

15.00 Digital Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Digital content workshop (for associations)

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"Intended audience: Those responsible for Association digital output This session focusses on creating ‘content’ (i.e things to post) for social media. We will look at what makes good digital content for Associations, with some real-world examples. We’d like this to be an interactive session, so if you’d like to share, please do come prepared with short examples of what has worked for you in the past (or email in advance to digitaltraining@conservatives.com) and we will discuss some of these

15.10 Voter Comms

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Voter Comms: GOTV - It ain't all about pledges

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"How to win MORE votes in the final stages of your campaign. Who should you talk to during the final phase of your campaign? Who should you talk to on polling day? It’s not just about pledges. Join this session to find out how to get as many votes as possible in the final stages of your campaign."

15.15 IEA, Tate & Lyle Sugars and the Heritage Foundation

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Trade After Brexit: Will freer markets enrich us?

As the UK leaves the EU, what is the future of free trade? Who gains the most from free trade, and who stands to lose out?

Speakers:

Mark Littlewood, Director-General, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)
Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP
Gerald Mason, Senior Vice President (Corporate Affairs), Tate and Lyle
Ted Bromund, Senior Research Fellow, Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom
Matt Ridley, Author
Madeline Grant, Assistant Comment Editor, The Daily Telegraph

The future of Britain’s trading relationships post-Brexit is still up in the air. Business are at odds with each other, some making the case for close regulatory alignment with the European Union, others calling for Britain to diverge from EU regulations and carve out its own place on the global stage. Will more freedom and trade improve the well-being of all parties? Who gains most from free trade, and who stands to lose out?

15.30 Policy Exchange

Manchester Central : Cobden Rooms 3 & 4

Global Britain: The Great Opportunity?

A world of opportunity awaits as Britain leaves the European Union

Speakers:

Hon Tony Abbott, Former Prime Minister of Australia
Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Rt Hon Stephen Harper, Former Prime Minister of Canada
Hon George Brandis, Australian High Commissioner to the UK, Australian High Commission
Dean Godson, Director, Policy Exchange (Chair)

A world of opportunity awaits as Britain leaves the European Union. We will always have a close trading relationship with our neighbours on the continent, but outside the EU the UK can make new free trade agreements with other countries, including the United States, and engage with the world on its own terms. Britain has a historic role as an enterprising, free-trading, outward-looking country. In 2019 and beyond, how can the UK best succeed?

15.30 CEN with CPRE

Manchester Central : Central Rooms 3 & 4

Great Open Spaces: Environment Reception

A reception to celebrate our great open spaces and discuss the Government’s plans for safeguarding them

Speakers:

Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network (Chair)
George Eustice, Minister
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

As ‘guardians and trustees’ of the Earth, we will celebrate what Baroness Thatcher saw as a key element of conservatism: the protection and appreciation of our natural environment. Regular interaction with the natural world has links to improving mental health, providing a break from fast-paced urban life and giving our children space to play outdoors. This event will celebrate this Government’s prioritisation of nature and wildlife and discuss future plans to enhance this protection.

15.30 Centre for Policy Studies in association with BT

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Building on Promises: Getting Infrastructure Right

How can the Government can fulfil its promises on infrastructure and what problems may it face? See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Philip Bouverat, Director, JCB
Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley
Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
Nick King, Head of Business, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Alex Towers, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT

With the new administration promising big on infrastructure, especially with regards to broadband, this event will explore how best to achieve the Government's ambitious goals, and what areas to prioritise.

15.45 Conservative Friends of Pakistan

Midland Hotel : Alexandra A

Conservative Friends of Pakistan Drinks Reception

Reception with Conservative Friends of Pakistan Chairman Zameer Choudrey, High Commissioner of Pakistan, Parliamentary Patrons & Cabinet Members.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Invited)
Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Former Chief Secretary to HM Treasury (Invited)
Nusrat Ghani MP, Member of Parliament for Wealden (Invited)
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Founder and Chairman, CSJ (Invited)
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Invited)
Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Invited)
Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Invited)
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence (Invited)
Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department (Invited)
Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Invited)
Shaun Bailey, Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London (Invited)
Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party (Invited)
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Invited)
Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for the Home Office (Invited)
H.E. Nafees Zakaria , High Commissioner of Pakistan to UK, Pakistan High Commission
Zameer Choudrey, CEO Bestway , Conservative Friends of Pakistan (Chair)

Drinks Reception with Conservative Friends of Pakistan Chairman Zameer Choudrey, High Commissioner of Pakistan, Parliamentary Patrons and Cabinet Ministers CFOP seeks to build a stronger, wider and deeper relationship between the Conservative Party, Pakistan and British Pakistani communities in the UK, by bringing together MPs, campaigners, donors, and Conservatives from across the British Pakistani community and the Conservative Family.

15.45 Adam Smith International and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

The 0.7% target – Why do we spend on aid?

Join us and our panel to discuss the pros and cons of spending 0.7% on International Aid

Speakers:

Steve Bloomfield, Deputy editor, Prospect Magazine (Chair)

British aid helps millions of people across the globe. Protects our interests, along with securing Britain’s place in the world. However, the notorious 0.7% of Britain’s gross national income target has been hotly contested over the years, with people wondering if it is being spent efficiently? Join us as we explore the issue of International Aid.

16.00 Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Mercurial Pictures

Manchester Central : Exchange Auditorium

Mercurial Pictures, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation - H is for Harry screening

Unlocking the potential of our young people – what does it take to change a life?

Speakers:

Helen Barnard, Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Loic Menzies, Chief Executive , The Centre for Education and Youth (Chair)
Jamie Taylor, Co-Director, H is for Harry
Mei Lim, Director of Early Learning Community, Reach Children's Hub Feltham

How can we unlock opportunities for children and young people through education? H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write. The film follows Harry over two years as he fights not only to improve academically but also to believe in a different future for himself.

16.00 CWO, CCA & ECPAT

Midland Hotel : Houghton Suite

Women who stand for election often worry about abuse on social media. How real is it as a barrier to women standing?

Violence against women online can be seen as preventing the democratic voice of women being heard and is often quoted as a reason women don't stand.

Speakers:

Gonul Daniels, London Region Chairman, Conservative Women's Organisation (Chair)
Kathleen Mulhern, Executive Director, ECPAT UK (Chair)
Shannon Angie, Psychotherapist, ECPAT UK (Chair)
Cllr Selina Seesunkur, London Lea Valley Area Chairman, Conservative Women's Organisation
Cllr Cynthia Barker, Councillor
Katy Bourne, Police and Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police

Statistics show that male MPs actually get more abuse but it is often of a different nature. The CWO and CCA have brought together a Panel to discuss these issues, and to come up with solutions to encourage more women to stand, and to feel safe when they do.

16.00 Bright Blue with heylo housing

Manchester Central : Cobden 2

Taking the first step: How the Conservatives can deliver the next generation of home ownership

Britain is facing a housing crisis, with too many young people locked out of home ownership. What new solutions are needed?

Speakers:

Lord Porter of Spalding , Member of the House of Lords
Nicholas Boys-Smith, Chairman, Building Better Building Beautiful Commission
Nick Jopling, heylo housing
The Rt Hon John Penrose MP, MP for Weston-super-Mare & Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, British Government
Lewis Goodall, Political Correspondent, Sky News
Alexandra Jezeph, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

16.00 ECR Party

Manchester Central : Exchange 9

European Conservatism in an Age of Populism

We are pleased to welcome you to an international discussion on conservative values in the volatile political landscape brought to being by populism

Speakers:

Daniel Hannan MEP, Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph (Invited)

Global Conservatism in an age of Populism This panel discussion will focus on the rise in populism and examine the dangers it may pose for global conservatism. It will question if the recent spike in the amount of populist parties and their success in elections will create a long-term shift in the political spectrum or if this will be a short-term trend.

16.00 Local Government Association in partnership with Curtin&Co

Manchester Central : Exchange 10

#CouncilsCan: why is the Queen’s Speech important for local government?

LGA debate

Speakers:

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association (Chair)
Emma Norris, Director of Research, Institute for Government
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader, Local Government Association Conservative Group
Martin Curtis, Associate Director, Curtin&Co, and former Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council
Luke Hall MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Local Government and Homelessness (Invited)

16.00 Pearson

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

A long-term vision for apprenticeships

Ensuring apprenticeships meet the needs of UKPLC

Speakers:

Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chicester (Invited)
Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
Neil Carmichael, Chair, Pearson Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work and a Changing Economy (Chair)
Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President , Pearson
Will Smith, Public Affairs Manager , CMI

Our economy is undergoing extraordinary change. To meet this challenge the UK needs a skills system that supports UK competitiveness by providing individuals with the skills they need to flourish. The Independent Apprenticeship Policy Group, commissioned by Pearson, has been brought together to develop a long-term vision for apprenticeships. In this panel debate key policy makers explore the work of the group and consider how to ensure apprenticeships meet the needs of UKPLC.

16.00 Placeshapers

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Delivering Housing in Partnership

Government has committed to delivering 300,000 new homes per year. Find out how partnerships can help the Government meet this target.

Speakers:

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands (Invited)
Eddie Hughes MP, Member of Parliament for Walsall North
Gary Fulford, Chief Executive, Walsall Housing Group

Housing is a critical issue in supporting a dynamic economy. Placeshapers is a network of over 100 housing associations managing 1 million homes. This session will focus on the West Midlands Housing Partnership and how it is delivering homes and achieving wider economic benefits. This session is suitable for people with an interest in housing from any region of the country.

16.00 techUK, Sage & Google

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

How can the UK harness digital technologies to increase trade and global prosperity?

Highlighting the role of digital technology to boost trade and prosperity.

Speakers:

Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
George Freeman MP, Minister of State (Department for Transport) and Chair, APPG on Inclusive Growth
Katie O'Donovan, Public Policy, Google
Sabby GIll, Managing Director, UK , Sage
David Henig, Director, UK Trade Policy Project

This year saw the launch of the new digital trade hub backed by the Department for International Trade. Its ambition is to help a further 100,000 UK businesses export by 2020. Through e-exporting alone government intends to deliver an additional 20,000 online exporters and £2 billion worth of value to the UK economy by 2020. This fringe will explore the practicalities that sit behind making this a reality and how, by harnessing digital technologies we can strengthen our ambitions for the UK’

16.00 Centre For Progressive Policy

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

Implementing Augar - building an adult education system fit for the future of work

A panel debate on the importance of and barriers to lifelong learning

Speakers:

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week (Chair)
Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Member of Parliament for Harlow
Ruby Peacock, Head of Public Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses
Nigel Whitehead, CTO, BAE
David Hughes, CEO, Association of Colleges

The ability to reskill and upskill during our working lives is paramount, but how do we measure what skills businesses need and how do we provide the courses required? How do we inform prospective students about skills sought by businesses and their career opportunities? How do local decision makers identify opportunities and address barriers? What is the role of place and is the current, centralised funding model fit for purpose or should local authorities be empowered to take responsibility?

16.00 IPPR Environmental Justice Commission

Manchester Central : Exchange 5

Decarbonising the Economy and Delivering Net Zero

Speakers:

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Laura Sandys, Chair, Government Energy Data Taskforce
Lord Ian Duncan of Sprinkbank, Minister for Climate Change, BEIS (Invited)
Isabella Gornall, Managing Director, Seahorse Environmental Communications
Sam Hall, Director, Conservative Environment Network
Luke Murphy, Head of the Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR (Chair)

16.00 Adam Smith Institute

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Just Say No (to the nanny state)

A panel of MPs and health experts will discuss the rise of ‘nanny state’ paternalism in the UK and the best ways to achieve health policy goals.

Speakers:

Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute (Invited)
Philip Davies MP, Member of Parliament for Shipley
Andrea Jenkyns MP, Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood
Shaun Wooller, Health and Science Correspondent, The Sun (Invited)
Peter Hajek, Professor of Clinical Psychology

The past few years have seen a ramping up of interventions aimed at making Brits lead healthier lives: focusing on what we eat, drink, and smoke. While some argue that we should limit unhealthy choices via bans, crackdowns, and public health campaigns, others worry about the effectiveness, unintended consequences, and underlying rationale of these 'Nanny State' measures. We will discuss the punitive nature of the current nanny state and alternative, liberal methods for encouraging healthier life

16.00 The Centre for Social Justice

Midland Hotel : Trafford Room

It can be stopped: Putting an end to gang related violent crime

Drinks Reception at the event.

Speakers:

Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department (Invited)
Shaun Bailey, Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London (Invited)
Tim Montgomerie , Founder, ConservativeHome and Centre for Social Justice (Chair)
Dr Tony Sewell CBE, CEO, Generating Genius
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Founder and Chairman, CSJ

Amid rising crime and violent gangs on our streets, how should we rebuild our police forces to tackle the challenge? The influence of gang crime and the drugs trade is reaching across borders like never before and creating more victims. We published a strategy to put a stop to this and will discuss lessons from Boston, Cincinnati, and Glasgow, where the focussed deterrence approach we advocate has delivered results and saved lives.

16.00 Liberty

Manchester Central : Exchange 4

Threats to Free Speech

This event will explore the panoply of challenges to freedom of speech in the UK.

Chaired by: Joy Hyvarinen, Advocacy Director at Index on Censorship Speakers: - Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty - Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor at The Spectator - John Whittingdale MP

16.00 Ipsos MORI UK

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

Beyond the Bubble: What Voters Want

Ipsos MORI unveils the latest opinion polling of ordinary voters beyond Westminster, and what this means for the Conservatives.

Our panel of MPs and expert commentators will reflect on what the Conservatives must do to build a winning electoral coalition in the future, examining the key political issues in the eyes of the public and how the Party should respond. We will discuss the latest polling on these issues - from Brexit to austerity, healthcare to immigration – and the strengths the Conservatives can build on and challenges it must face. Our Chief Executive, Ben Page, will chair a Q&A session after the debate.

16.00 ADS

Midland Hotel : The Tea Rooms

ADS Afternoon Reception

UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry reception. Invitation only, please contact rsvp-pa@adsgroup.org.uk for more information.

16.00 Campaigning Team

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Fighting Independents and Residents Groups

Conservative Party Training Session - Members Only

"We’re taking on independents, and we’re winning. Will you join us? Hear about campaigns that have worked in areas with non-aligned candidates and organised residents’ groups. "

16.00 People's Postcode Lottery

Manchester Central : Exchange 8

Securing more funds for local & national charities

People's Postcode Lottery brings together charity representatives and parliamentarians to discuss raising more funds for local and national charities.

To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised over £450 million for over 6,500 good causes across Britain. Join People's Postcode Lottery, charity representatives and parliamentarians as we discuss the vital work charities do across Britain, as well as the crucial role charity lotteries play in funding them.

16.15 techUK & Tata Consultancy Services

Manchester Central : Central 8

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the role of technology in turbocharging the economy

The UK tech sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the economy – to truly turbocharge the economy after Brexit we must look at the role of tech

Speakers:

Matthew Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Invited)
Jim Bligh, Director of Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services (Chair)
Alan Mak MP, Member of Parliament for Havant, Founder and Chairman of the All-Party Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Invited)
Vinous Ali, Associate Director of Policy, techUK
Asheem Singh, Director of Economy, The RSA

Whether its cloud infrastructure, automation & AI or the Internet of Things, adoption of technology has become the most productivity-enhancing activity any business can do. This fringe will explore the role of technology in turbocharging the whole economy. How do we embed technology in every sector? How do we equip the workforce of the future with the skills they need to adapt? How could Government support the development, deployment and adoption of these life-changing tools?

16.30 The TaxPayers' Alliance

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Am I allowed to say that? Thinking the unthinkable

A debate on bold policy ideas like stop & search, scrapping the licence fee, & fracking. Vote on which one we should ask the new PM to adopt.

Speakers:

Julia Hartley-Brewer, Presenter, talkRadio (Chair)
Sir Graham Brady MP, Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West
Natascha Engel, Partner, Public First
Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
Jonathan Isaby, Editor, BrexitCentral (Invited)
Paul Staines, Guido Fawkes

In a world of safe spaces and political spin, it's about time we had a little controversy. Come and listen to speakers arguing for their bold policy ideas, such as stop and search, scrapping the BBC licence fee, fracking and reintroducing grammar schools. Then have your vote on which proposal we should encourage the new Prime Minister to adopt.

16.30 The Spectator and Nuclear Industry Association

Manchester Central : Charter 4

Can nuclear get Britain to net zero?

Final speaker TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

Speakers:

Julia Pyke, Nuclear Development Director, EDF Energy
James Forsyth, Political Editor, The Spectator (Chair)
Dr Simon Evans, Deputy Editor, Carbon Brief
Tom Greatrex, Chief Executive, Nuclear Industry Association
Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland

Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

17.00 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

The Case for Conservatism

What is the modern case for being a conservative? And what does 'taking back control' really mean? See CPS website or conference app for speaker info.

Speakers:

Neil O'Brien MP, Member of Parliament for Harborough and PPS to the Secretary of State for Justice
Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic Affairs
Stephen Parkinson, Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies

Is there a crisis in conservatism? Has the Conservative Party stopped making the case for small-c conservative values? And if so, why? Robert Colvile and guests discuss his recent report on the case for conservatism

17.00 ConservativeHome

Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee

ConservativeHome in Conversation with the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

ConservativeHome will be conducting an in conversation event with The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP

Speakers:

Isabel Oakeshott, Political Journalist and Commentator
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

The Secretary of State will discuss his priorities since taking the position in Government and be questioned on the objectives and challenges ahead for him and his Department.

17.00 Incumbency

Manchester Central : Training Zone

Invitation Only

Conservative Party Training Session - Invitation Only

17.30 IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology

Manchester Central : Central 7

Engineering Solutions for a Decarbonised World