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Conservative party conference, day one: The Spectator guide

2 October 2016

8:00 AM

2 October 2016

8:00 AM

The opening day of party conferences can often be a dull affair – not so at the Conservative’s annual gathering this year. Theresa May will be giving a speech on ‘Making a success of Brexit’ this afternoon. And while the Prime Minister has vowed not to provide a ‘running commentary’ on negotiations, we should expect a few more glimmers of detail to emerge about the Government’s Brexit plan. Boris Johnson and David Davis will also be following in the footsteps of the Prime Minister and taking to the stage today. Here’s the full run-through of what’s on today:


2pm – 4.30pm:
Welcome to Conference:
Conservative party chairman Patrick McLoughlin

Global Britain: Making a success of Brexit
Theresa May
Boris Johnson
David Davis
Priti Patel

Fringe events:

12.45pm – 2pm:
Responding to the refugee crisis
Bright Blue and PWC
Speakers include: Kate Maltby, David Burrowes MP; Owen Jones
Hilton Garden Inn

WaughZone Live: Dr Liam Fox
Huffington Post
Birmingham ICC : Hall 6

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party fringe
Ruth Davidson
Hyatt Regency Birmingham

What does a post-Brexit industrial strategy look like?
Resolution Foundation
Speakers include: Lord Willetts, Resolution Foundation; Greg Clark MP
Hyatt Regency Birmingham

12.45 – 2pm:
Women and Gender Equality
Speakers: Isabel Hardman; Maria Miller MP
Birmingham ICC: Hall 8a

4pm – 5.30pm:
Building a Nation: How do we build the homes Britain needs?
Conservative Home
Speakers include: Gavin Barwell MP
Birmingham ICC

5.45pm – 7pm:
Education for All – or just a free for all?
Speakers include: Justine Greening MP
Birmingham ICC: Hall 6

6.30pm – 8pm:
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Reception
Speakers include: Ruth Davidson MSP
Birmingham ICC

7.30pm – 9pm:
League Against Cruel Sports reception
Speakers include: Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Hyatt Regency Birmingham

7.30pm – 9pm:
What next for the Conservative education revolution?
Conservative Education Society
Speakers include: Justine Greening
Hyatt Regency Birmingham

9pm – 11pm:
Brexit, Europe & the World
Alliance of European Conservatives
Speakers include: Dr Liam Fox
Birmingham ICC

9.30pm – 11pm:
Conservative Friends of Cyprus Reception
Speakers include: Boris Johnson; Theresa Villiers;

9.30pm – 11pm:
Drink Tank
Bright Blue
Speakers include: Amber Rudd MP; Dan Hannan
Hyatt Regency Birmingham

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