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Be Bold for the Economy: Centre for Policy Studies at the Conservative Party Conference 2011

    The Centre for Policy Studies is in Manchester this week for the Conservative Party Conference. CPS Web Manager Lewis James Brown takes a look at our exciting events on Monday and Tuesday.

    This weekend thousands of Conservative Party members, think tankers, charities, journalists and activists are pouring into the beautiful city ofManchester for the political convention of the party of the Prime Minister and lead party in the governing coalition.

    Manchester is always a brilliant host to such events, something I was able to see first hand earlier this year when my previous employers the UK India Business Council held their annual summit at Bridgewater Hall, just across the road from the Convention Centre and home to the TFA’s Freedom Zone at this year’s Conference.

    Amidst calls from all sides for a more robust plan for economic growth – see Ed Balls’ speech at the Labour Party conference or Treasury Select Committee Chairman Andrew Tyrie in our own publication ‘It’s The Economy’, officially released tomorrow – the Centre for Policy Studies is running a number of events at Conference to discuss Britain’s economic position.

    First up on Monday evening (18.15) is Be Bold for Cuts, a discussion of the moderate nature of the proposed cuts. Pamphlet author Andrew Tyrie will be there to discuss the long-term reforms he has proposed, and he will be joined by The Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson, Chair of the Conservative Economic Affairs Committee John Redwood MP and the wonderfully straight talking Chairman of Tullett Prebon Terry Smith.

    Tuesday lunchtime will see Harriett Baldwin MP, CPS Research Fellow and pensions expert Michael Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Europe Robert Higginbotham and The Mail on Sunday’s Personal Finance Editor Jeff Prestridge discuss Savings in an Age of Austerity. Harriet is a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee and Michael authored our publications ‘Self Sufficiency is the Key’ and ‘Simplification is the Key’.

    Finally, Tuesday evening (18.15) will see a number of experts gather for one of the big themes of current political debate – Reducing Barriers to Growth. In attendance will be Conservative Party Deputy Chairman Michael Fallon MP, the always excellent Editor of City AM Allister Heath, Author and Journalist Iain Martin and the Director General of the Association of British Insurers Otto Thoresen.

    All events are being held in the Barbirolli Room of the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, just a stone throw across the road from the main Convention Centre on Peter Street. All are welcome and if you wish to register you interest in attending, go to the incredibly useful fringelist.com to sign up and view other attendees. Refreshments will be available at all events.

    We do hope you can come along to our events and look forward to meeting you at Conference. Visit the CPS website Conference Programme for more details.

    Lewis joined the Centre for Policy Studies in April 2011 with responsibility for social media and digital engagement.

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