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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.


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.

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


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.


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.


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?

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


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.

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