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Conservative Party Conference - Monday 1 October

Monday 1st October 2018

    The Centre for Policy Studies has a long history of attending Conservative Party Conference, and our presence at this year's event in Birmingham will be bigger than ever before. 

    This page provides details of events being held on Monday 1 October, we are also holding events on the Sunday and Tuesday. All CPS events will be held in the CPS Event Space, Level 4, Symphony Hall Foyer, inside the ICC. As this is inside the secure zone, a conference pass will be required.

    If you have any queries about CPS events at the Conservative Party Conference, please contact our Events Team on 0207 222 4488 or email [email protected].

    The Future of UK Financial Services after Brexit. In partnership with the City of London Corporation


    Robert Colvile (Chair), Director – CPS

    John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    Catherine McGuinness, Chairman of Policy and Resources Committee – City of London Corporation

    A roundtable discussion of the future of the UK's financial services sector post-Brexit. This event is invite-only


    The Morality of Work


    Rachel Wolf (Chair), Head of Welfare – CPS

    James Bartholomew, Author – The Welfare of Nations

    Alex Burghart MP

    Matt Warman MP

    Rachel Wolf presents new research on how attitudes to welfare are changing and how a ‘something for something’ system is key to winning back trust with the electorate - followed by a discussion on how to create a truly contributory welfare system.


    CapX: Adam Smith – Crusader for Capitalism? In Conversation with Jesse Norman MP


    Lord Finkelstein of Pinner OBE (Chair)

    Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

    Oliver Wiseman, Editor – CapX

    What did Adam Smith really believe, and what would he would make of modern capitalism’s crisis of confidence?

    The Best Years’ of Our Lives? Mental Health at University


    Professor Dame Janet Beer, President – Universities UK (Chair)

    Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

    Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor – University of Buckingham

    Meg Zeenat Wamithi – Student and Founder, My Mind Matters Too

    Studying at university should be a time of excitement, discovery and fellowship. But many students experience anxiety and depression. What can be done by the government, universities and students?


    The Politics of Age

    13.20 – 14.15

    Emma Barr (Chair), Head of Communications – CPS 

    Andrew Bowie MP

    Tom Pursglove MP, Vice-Chair for Youth – Conservative Party

    Ben Bradley MP

    Tom Harwood, Former NUS Presidential Candidate

    The issue of inter-generational (un)fairness challenges all parties and politicians. How can Conservatives best deliver opportunity and security for young people?


    The Future of Capitalism. Centre for Policy Studies and CapX


    Chris Skidmore MP (Chair), Vice-Chair for Policy – Conservative Party

    Robert Colvile, Director – CPS

    Fredrik Erixon, European Centre for International Political Economy

    Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government

    Capitalism has proved itself to be the most effective means of distributing wealth and creating opportunity for all. But the global financial crisis has damaged capitalism’s reputation for efficiency and fairness, and created a new anti-market narrative which is being exploited by populists and the left.

    From Rent to Own: How Can We Bring Back Mass Home Ownership?


    Alex Morton (Chair), Head of Policy – CPS

    Graham Edwards, Executive Chairman – Telereal Trillium

    Natalie Elphicke OBE, Chief Executive – The Housing and Finance Institute

    Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing

    Home ownership used to be part of the British dream. Is it still possible?


    The NHS: What's the Plan? CPS in partnership with the National Pharmacy Association


    Laura Donnelly (Chair), Health Editor – The Telegraph

    Niall Dickson CBE, Chief Executive – NHS Confederation

    Nick Kaye, Board Member – NPA

    Robert Colvile, Director – CPS

    Alan Mak MP

    NHS leaders have been asked to set out a 10-year strategy for its future. But what would a better health service actually look like? And what can be done today?