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Conservative party conference, day three: The Spectator guide

2 October 2018

7:00 AM

2 October 2018

7:00 AM

All eyes will be on Boris Johnson when he addresses the Tory fringes this afternoon. Expect the former foreign secretary to offer plenty of advice for the Prime Minister as she prepares for her keynote speech tomorrow. And on the main stage, Sajid Javid is the pick of the speakers:

Conference listings:

10.00 – 12.30 Symphony Hall A STRONGER, FAIRER UNITED KINGDOM
Secretary of State for Scotland
Secretary of State for Wales
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister for the Cabinet Office
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentSession to include contributions from Party members
14.00 – 16.30 Symphony Hall HIGH-QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Secretary of State for EducationMayors of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Tees Valley, West of England, and West Midlands

Session to include contributions from Party members

16.30 – 17.30 Symphony Hall MEMBERS’ Q&A
Q&A with Ministers of State
For Party Members only


Fringe events:

08.00: What’s Stopping Women From Stepping Up?

Carrie Symonds, Ocean Conservation – Bloomberg (Chair); Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Women; Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, Co-Chair – Women2Win; Cllr Joy Morrissey, Shortlisted Conservative Candidate for London Mayor; Molly Samuel-Leport MBE, 7 times World Karate Champion and previous PPC for Walthamstow’; ICC Birmingham, Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall

08.00: Is Social Media Good for Social Action?

Jamie Bartlett, Director, CASM (Chair); Carl Miller, Research Director, CASM; ICC Birmingham, Executive Room

08.30: Immigration: what do voters really want, and what does Britain need?

James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair); Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP; Maria Sobolewska FRSA, Professor of Political Science, PhD Director in Politics, University of Manchester; Adam Drummond, Senior Research Manager and Partner, Opinium; Jonathan Thomas, Migration Researcher, Social Market Foundation; Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Dolc

10.00: Reviews, revelations and revolutions: what is the future for our universities and students?

Rebecca Lowe, ConservativeHome (Chair); Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation; Trudy Harrison MP, Education Select Committee ; Professor Dave Phoenix OBE, Chair, MillionPlus ; Shakira Martin, President, NUS ; Centenary Square, ConservativeHome Marque

10.00: Capitalism, markets, free trade: the amazing legacy of Adam Smith

Peter Oborne, Associate Editor, The Spectator (Chair); Jesse Norman MP, ICC Birmingha

11.45: Is Privatisation Dead?

Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax – Centre for Policy Studies (Chair); Rt Hon John Redwood MP, Wokingham; John Penrose MP, Weston-super-Mare; Dr Tony Ballance, Director, Strategy and Regulation – Severn Trent; ICC Birmingham, Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall

12.30: Choppers Brexit Podcast – exclusive live recording

Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent, The Telegraph (Chair); Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent, The Telegraph; Jacob Rees-Mogg MP; Centenary Square, The Business Hub

12.45: Building an economy that works for everyone: how to get a good deal for low-paid workers

Rachel Johnson (Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue) (Chair); Kelly Tolhurst MP (Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility) (Invited); The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP (Former Foreign Secretary) (Invited); Kate Andrews (News Editor, Institute of Economic Affairs); Owen Jones (Columnist, The Guardian) (Invited); Tess Lanning (Director, Living Wage Foundation); Jury’s Inn Birmingham, Room 112

12.45: Equality in the workplace: can the Conservatives lead the agenda? 

Stephanie Boland, Head of Digital, Prospect (Chair); Amber Rudd MP, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye; Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women and Equalities Commitee (invited); Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC; ICC Birmingham, Executive Room 2

12.45 : The North is on the rise: What more does it need?

Helen Pidd, North of England Editor, The Guardian (invited) (Chair); MHCLG Minister (invited); Ben Houchen, Mayor of the Tees Valley (invited); Edna Robinson, Chair, The People’s Powerhouse (invited); Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Geoff White, Policy Manager (North & Midlands), RICS; Library of Birmingham, Room 102

12.45: How can infrastructure help to deliver housing?

Andrew Taylor FRTPI, Director – Head of Planning, Countryside (Chair); Bob Neill MP, Justice Committee Chair, Former Planning Minister; Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk; Liz Peace CBE, Chair, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (Invited); John Howell, MP for Henley (Invited); Nursat Ghani MP, Transport & Maritime Minister (Invited); Novotel Birmingham Central, 70 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HT, Priestley and Darwin Room

13.00: Best for Business, Best for Customers! Brexit Free Trade – Benefits for the Many, not the Few.

Dr Sheila Lawlor, Director, Politeia (Chair); Marcus Fysh MP; Sir Bernard Jenkin MP; Liam Halligan, The Telegraph; Barnabas Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Kohinoor Room

13.00: ConservativeHome event: Speech by Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair); Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP; ICC Birmingham, Hall 1

13.00: Best for Business, Best for Customers! Brexit Free Trade – Benefits for the Many, not the Few.

Dr Sheila Lawlor, Director, Politeia (Chair); Marcus Fysh MP; Sir Bernard Jenkin MP; Liam Halligan, The Telegraph; Barnabas Reynolds, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP; Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Kohinoor Room

14.00: Politics in the age of social media: where do we draw the line between free speech and abuse?

Rupert Reid (Policy Exchange) (Chair);Mak Chishty QPM, former Commander at Metropolitan Police Service; Duwayne Brooks OBE, Campaigner and former Lewisham Councillor; Baroness Meyer CBE (invited); Centenary Square, Policy Exchange Marquee

14.00: Immigration after Brexit: is there common ground?

Ben Roback, Cicero Group & ConservativeHome (Chair); Matt Warman MP; Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future; Julia Onslow-Cole, Head of Global Immigration, Partner, PwC UK, PwC United Kingdom; ICC Birmingham, Hall 6

14.30: In conversation with…The Rt Hon Liz Truss MP

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Centenary Square: Think Tent: Centenary Square, Think Tent

15.00: In Conversation With Sir Graham Brady

Robert Colvile, Director – Centre for Policy Studies (Chair); Sir Graham Brady MP, Chairman – The 1922 Committee; ICC Birmingham: Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall)

15.45: The Times and The Sunday Times: Red Box

Matt ChorleyMatt Chorley, Editor, Red Box (Chair); Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care; ICC Birmingham, Hall 5

15.45: An economy that works for everyone?: How can the Conservatives give workers a stake 

Sarah O’Connor, Investigations Correspondent, Financial Times (Invited) (Chair); Justine Greening MP (Invited) ; Gillian Keegan MP (Invited); Tim Montgomerie, Editor, UnHerd (Invited); Mike Clancy, General Secretary, Prospect ; Luke Hildyard, Executive Director, High Pay Centre; ICC Birmingham, Hall 11a

15.45: Who’s in charge? Regulating English football for the good of the game

Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee; Tom Greatrex, Chair, Supporters Direct; Nick Vaughan, Senior Public Affairs Manager, The FA; Jaimie Fuller, Executive Chairman, Skins; Library of Birmingham, Room 102

15.45: This Other Eden: Brexit, England and the Future of the Tory Party

Alex Massie, the Spectator (Chair); Prof Ailsa Henderson, University of Edinburgh; Prof Richard wyn Jones, Cardiff University; ICC Birmingham, Executive Room 9

15.45: Prime Ministerial Top Trumps: why good leaders always hold the key to No. 10

Jay Elwes, Executive Editor, Prospect (Chair); Lord Andrew Adonis; Andrew Gimson, Journalist; Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, Observer; ICC Birmingham: Executive Room 2

15.45: Discussing Brexit

Henry Newman (Chair); ICC Birmingham: Media Suite

16.00 1 Million Years of Life: How Harm Reduction in Tobacco Policy can Save Lives

Christopher Snowdon (invited); Daniel Pryor; John Dunne; Martin Cullip; Mark Pawsey MP (invited); Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Soprano

16.15: High time to legalise cannabis?

Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Comms, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair); Crispin Blunt MP; Luke Graham MP; Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph; Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs; Centenary Square, Think Tent

17.30: Future challenges in defence

Defence Correspondent (tbc) (Chair); Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Defence; ICC Birmingham, Hall 10b

17.45: Tom Clark in conversation with the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

Tom Clark, Editor, Prospect (Chair); Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chair, treasury Select Committee; ICC Birmingham, Executive Room 1

17.45: Global Britain and Women’s Rights: Defending the Defenders

Peter Oborne, Political Columnist, Daily Mail (Chair); Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Sutton Coldfield; Idil Eser, Amnesty Director, Turkey and women’s human rights defender; Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State Dept Int’l Dev joint with Foreign & Commonwealth Office (invited); Kate Allen Amnesty International UK Director; ICC Birmingham, Executive Room 7

17.45: Global Britain: what does it mean? Foreign policy in a post-Brexit world 

Steve Bloomfield, Deputy Editor, Prospect (Chair); Richard Graham MP, Member, Committee on Exiting the European Union; Lord Andrew Adonis; ICC Birmingham, Executive Room 2

17.45: The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, in conversation with Guardian editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary; Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media; ICC Birmingham, Hall 5

17.45: Is the Conservative Party making work pay?

Tom Newton Dunn, Political Editor of The Sun (invited) (Chair); Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions; Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP; Tim Martin, Chairmen of JD Wetherspoon; Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Symphony Ballroom

18.30: Should social care be funded by the state or the individual?

Will Heaven, Policy Exchange (Chair); Caroline Dineage MP, Minister of State for Care; Dr Sarah Wollanston MP, Chair, Health and Social Care Committee (invited); Rachel Sylvester, Columnist, The Times (invited); Warwick Lightfoot, Policy Exchange; Centenary Square, Policy Exchange Marquee

18.45: In Conversation With the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

Robert Colvile, Director – Centre for Policy Studies (Chair); Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care; ICC Birmingham, Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall)

19.30: Come Out For LGBT: delivering the National LGBT Action Plan 

ICC Birmingham : Castle Fine Art Gallery

19.30: CBI Business Reception

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI; Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA; ICC Birmingham, Hall 10b

21.30: CFI Conference Reception

Andrew Heller (Chair); Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary; H.E. Mark Regev, Ambassador of Israel ; Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP, CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Commons); Rt. Hon. Lord Pickles, CFI Parliamentary Chairman (Lords); ICC Birmingham, Hall 8

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