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08.00 CWO/Women2Win/ConservativePolicyForum

Manchester Central : Exchange 11

Where has the female vote gone?

This panel will explore the current state of the female vote and how the Party has always renewed itself by focusing on modern working women.


The 2017 election saw a decline in the vote of working age women, with a swing away from the Conservatives in women in their mid 30s of 18%. These are the women who have families, homes and were our core vote under Mrs Thatcher. It was more a Working Women Walkout, than the heralded “youth quake”. Yet no one is talking about it. The CWO, Women 2 Win, and the CPF will discuss the female vote and how vital it is to the Party to renew its female membership and show it is listening to women.

15.30 Centre for Policy Studies in association with The Investment Association

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Social Mobility: How Business Can Bridge the Class Divide

Experts in business and politicians will discuss how removing barriers to social mobility in business can help people of all backgrounds to thrive.


Success in modern Britain still depends too much on where you came from, not how talented you are. Are people of equal ability receiving the same opportunities to be rewarded for their talent and effort, regardless of their background? Are the policymakers and businesses concerned with improving diversity overlooking socioeconomic – or class – diversity? This panel will discuss the value of diversity in business and what more government and employers can do to promote social mobility.


15.00 University of Birmingham

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester : Room 15/16

Making diversity everyone's business

Join policy makers and business leaders to discuss how we can address the leadership diversity gap and develop enterprise capability within businesses


Companies in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are more likely to have higher financial returns than the industry average. Yet, in the UK only one in five small and medium-sized business are being run by women, creating a significant pool of untapped entrepreneurial potential. To meet the urgent need for change, this panel will discuss how we can address the leadership diversity gap within businesses and develop enterprise capability to make diversity everyone’s business.

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