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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?


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.

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?


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.


18.00 DevoConnect

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

The Big Transport Debate: connecting a divided country

We'll debate what the future holds for our transport priorities. Can an inclusive but growing economy ensure everybody is along for the ride?


Transport needs to be at the centre of the debate about how to connect our divided country. The need to improve the UK’s transport connectivity is key to our future growth and in a post- Brexit Britain Westminster needs to connect with those who have been ‘left behind.’ There is a big debate to be had on how much power Westminster-centric government should have over transport priorities outside London. Can transport be the key to a more connected, stronger Britain?

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