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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


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.


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.


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.

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