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


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: 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

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?


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?


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


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

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.

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.


H.E. Nafees Zakaria , High Commissioner of Pakistan to UK, Pakistan High Commission
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 Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (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)
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.

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?

20.00 CWO

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Celebrating 100 years of the Conservative Women’s Organisation. 1919-2019:

Come and meet the CWO lead Patrons and Women Candidates as well as the women who have worked so hard to bring about success at election time.


Celebrate along side MPs the best women’s movement that the Conservative Party has and find out how it is attracting a new generation of Conservative Women. From Nancy Astor to Today. By Invitation only: please contact CWO@conservativewomen.org

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