A security pass is required at all times to attend events in either of the secure Conference venues, Manchester Central or The Midland Hotel.


13.30 Youth Zone

Manchester Central : Youth Zone


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


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

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.


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.

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.


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.

20.00 Blue Collar Conservatism

Midland Hotel : Fairclough


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


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.


07.45 National Youth Agency

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

Local Youth Partnerships

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


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

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


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?


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.


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

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