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Conservative Party Conference - Tuesday 2 October

Tuesday 2nd 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 Tuesday 2 October, we are also holding events on the Sunday and Monday. 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].

    What’s Stopping Women from Stepping Up? In partnership with Women2Win


    Baroness Jenkin of Kennington (Chair), Co-Chair – Women2Win

    Emma Barr, Head of Communications – CPS

    Cllr Joy Morrissey, Shortlisted Conservative Candidate for London Mayor

    Molly Samuel-Leport MBE, 7 times World Karate Champion and previous PPC for Walthamstow

    Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Women

    Four out of five Tory MPs are men. Are women deterred by the abuse, the process, or do they just need to be asked?


    A Rebalancing Act: UK Prosperity After Brexit. In partnership with the Politics and Economics Research Trust


    Nick King (Chair), Head of Business – CPS

    Andy Street, Mayor – West Midlands Combined Authority

    Ben Houchen, Mayor – Tees Valley Combined Authority

    James Palmer, Mayor – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

    Sir John Peace, Chair - Midlands Engine

    The UK contains Northern Europe’s richest region (Inner London), and 9 of its 10 poorest regions. Addressing this should be a priority for UK and devolved government.   


    CapX: What Does Global Britain Mean?


    Oliver Wiseman (Chair), Editor – CapX

    Lord O’Neill of Gatley, Former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

    Bob Seely MP

    Our rules-based system is under threat from trade wars and great power rivalry. Will Brexit prompt the UK to adopt a more global role as a champion of free trade and liberalism, or plunge it into irrelevance? In the age of uncertainty, who are our true friends?

    Is Privatisation Dead?


    Tom Clougherty (Chair), Head of Tax – CPS

    Dr Tony Ballance, Director, Strategy and Regulation – Severn Trent

    John Penrose MP

    Rt. Hon. John Redwood MP

    Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is committed to re-nationalising the UK’s railways, water, energy networks and Royal Mail. Opinion polls suggest these policies have growing appeal to voters. Does privatisation have a future?


    Today’s Millennials, Tomorrow’s Conservatives?


    Rachel Sylvester (Chair), Columnist – The Times

    Emma Barr, Head of Communications – CPS

    Paul Goodman, Editor – ConservativeHome

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

    Guy Opperman MP

    The older you get, the more likely you are to vote Conservative, right? But polls suggest that most young people rule out ever voting Tory. Can Conservative ideas endure? What can Conservatives do to start building a meaningful relationship with young people?


    Turning UK SMEs into Global Champions

    14.00 – 15.00

    Nick King (Chair), Head of Business – CPS

    Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

    Sahar Hashemi, Entrepreneur and Author

    Chris Hulatt, Founder – Octopus

    Sarah Windrum, CEO and Co-Founder – The Emerald Group

    High Growth Small Businesses (HGSBs) are important wealth and job creators for the UK. What can the Government do to help them scale into world beaters?


    In Conversation with Sir Graham Brady MP

    15.15 – 16.00

    Robert Colvile, Director – CPS

    Sir Graham Brady MP, Chairman – 1922 Committee


    Older, Independent and Active: How to House an Ageing Population. In conjunction with members of Retirement Housebuilder’s Group


    Alex Morton (Chair), Head of Policy – CPS

    Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP

    John Slaughter, Director of External Affairs - Home Builder's Federation

    Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader – Warwickshire County Council

    1 in 4 of us will be over 65 in the next twenty years, so how does the type and location of our housing stock best serve the needs and ambitions of an older generation?


    Will We Ever Cut Taxes Again?


    Tom Clougherty (Chair), Head of Tax – CPS

    Rt. Hon. Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury

    Kate Andrews, Associate Director – Institute of Economic Affairs

    Sam Dumitriu, Head of Research – Adam Smith Institute

    John O’Connell, Chief Executive – The Taxpayers’ Alliance

    Today’s politicians seem more likely to make the case for more government spending than lowering taxes. But as we leave the EU, the UK needs to make itself even more competitive. Is it time to make the case for supply side reforms?


    In Conversation with the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP


    Robert Colvile, Director – CPS

    Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care