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Conference Programme

The full programme for the FEPS-Fabian New Year Conference: 'Where Next? The left in the 2020s'


9.15–10.00 | Registration opens

10.00-10.20 | Welcome
Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society),
Speech László Andor (secretary general, FEPS)

10.20-11.00 | Keynote speech
Sadiq Khan (mayor of London), speech and Q&A, chair: Ivana Bartoletti (Fabian Society)

11.00-12.15 | Where next for the left?
Jonathan Ashworth MP (shadow health secretary), Sir John Curtice (University of Strathclyde), Seema Malhotra MP, Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), chair: Andrew Harrop (Fabian Society)


12.15-13.15 | Rebuilding Labour’s electoral coalition
James Frith (former MP for Bury North), Will Jennings (University of Southampton and The Centre for Towns), Martin McCluskey (2019 candidate, Inverclyde), Paula Surridge (University of Bristol), chair: Olivia Bailey (Fabian Society),

12.15-13.15 | Where next for the EU/UK relationship?
Hilary Benn MP, Frazer Clarke (S&D group, European Parliament), Theresa Griffin MEP, Anand Menon (UK in a Changing Europe), chair: Ivana Bartoletti (Fabian Society)

12.15-13.15 | What next for the fight against inequality?
Claire Ainsley (Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Kate Green MP, Andrew Harrop (Fabian Society), Rory Palmer MEP, Carys Roberts (IPPR)

12.15-13.15 | Changing lives without power in Westminster
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble (Labour LGA), Cllr Matthew Brown (Preston City Council), Rokhsana Fiaz (Mayor of Newham), Jessie Joe Jacobs (Tees Valley Mayor candidate), Lord Roy Kennedy (Shadow spokesperson, communities and local government)


13.25-14.20 | FABIAN WOMEN’S NETWORK: Women and the Green New Deal
Feryal Clarke MP, Noga Levy-Rapoport (UK Climate Strike), Ann Pettifor (author, the Case for the Green New Deal), chair: Cllr Kindy Sandhu (Fabian Women’s Network)

13.25-14.20 | YOUNG FABIANS: Ageing Away: The New Divide in British Politics
Chris Curtis (YouGov), Martin Edobor (My Life My Say), Maja Gustafsson (Resolution Foundation), Jeevun Sandher (Young Fabians)

13.25-14.20 | FABIAN EDUCATION POLICY GROUP: Introduction and Discussion
An opportunity for delegates to find out about the Education Policy Group and an informal discussion on priorities for education policy


14.30-15.45 | What next in the fight against climate change?
Polly Billington (UK100), Joe Leinen MEP (SPD, Germany), Chris Saltmarsh (Labour for a Green New Deal), Farhana Yamin (Chatham House)

14.30-15.45 | What next for jobs and prosperity?
James Bloodworth (author and journalist), Agnes Jongerius MEP (Dutch Labour Party), Matthew Lawrence (Common Wealth), Rachel Reeves MP, chair: Josh Abey (Fabian Society)

14.30-15.45 | The 2019 manifesto: the verdict
Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation), Ayesha Hazarika (Evening Standard), Paul Mason (writer and commentator), Wes Streeting MP, chair: Olivia Bailey (Fabian Society)


16.00-16.40 | The next big idea: Fabian dragons’ den
Kate Green MP, Rachel Reeves MP and Wes Streeting MP interrogate pitches for the left’s ‘next big idea’ from conference delegates

16.40-17.30 | In conversation
Keir Starmer MP in conversation with Ayesha Hazarika (Evening Standard)

17.30 | Close

Post-conference suggested pub: The Rocket, Euston Road


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