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Fabian Society Fringe Programme at Labour Party Conference 2022

The Fabian Society are hosting a number of public and private fringe events from Sunday 25th to Tuesday 27th September. See our full programme below.


All our events will be held in the Maritime Museum, Floor 4, with light refreshments provided. This venue is fully wheelchair accessible. For any accessibility or other queries please contact

Sunday 25 September


A mature approach: how can Labour win back older voters?

12am-1.15pm | Room 1 | Held in partnership with Age UK

Jonathan Ashworth MP (shadow secretary of state for work and pensions), Patrick English (associate director, YouGov), Caroline Abrahams (charity director, Age UK), Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society).

Firm friends: what can Labour learn from centre left parties in power in Europe?

12.30am-1.45pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Chris Bryant MP (commons select Committee on standards), Harpreet Uppal (PPC for Huddersfield), Panny Antoniou (Young Fabians), Jessica Rosenthal MdB (SPD), Kristina Birke Daniels (FES)

Creating strong social justice systems for women in the UK

2.00pm-3.30pm | Room 1 | Fabian Women’s Network & Welsh Fabians

Sarah Jones MP (shadow policing minister), Jane Hutt MS, Emily Spurrell (Merseyside police and crime commissioner), Paula Harriott (PRT), Mandy Ogunmokun (Treasures), Ellie Anderson Chair: Cllr Josie Channer

Stronger Together: For a future where families come first

2.30pm-3.45pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with Labour’s Policy Review

With remarks from Anneliese Dodds MP (chair, the Labour party)

Delivering on our ambition: how will a Labour government build the social housing the country needs?

5.00pm-6.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with G15 Housing Associations

Baroness Alicia Kennedy (director, Generation Rent), Tom Copley (deputy mayor of London for housing and residential development), Charles Trew (head of policy and public affairs, Shelter), Geeta Nanda (chair, G15), Cllr Nesil Caliskan (Leader, Enfield Council)

Communities in control: can pushing power down spread prosperity out?

5.00pm-6.15pm | Room 1 | Held in partnership with Local Trust

Diana Johnson MP (chair of home affairs select committee), Kim Leadbeater MP (member of parliament for Batley and Spen), Matt Leach (Chief executive, Local Trust), Jessie Joe Jacobs (National coordinator, The Democracy Network). 

Fabian Society Question Time

6.30pm-7.30pm | Room 1 | Held in partnership with Public First

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP (shadow cabinet minister for mental health), Polly Toynbee (journalist and columnist, The Guardian), Paul Mason (journalist), Liv Bailey (director, Public First), Paul Nowak (general secretary designate, TUC).

Charities in crisis: how can civil society organisations survive and thrive?

6.30pm-7.45pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation

Barbara Keeley MP (shadow Minister for the Arts and Civil Society), Neil Heslop (chief executive, Charities Aid Foundation), Nicole Skyes (director of policy and communications, Pro Bono Economics), Peter Foster (public policy editor, Financial Times). 



Monday 26 September

Good pensions for all

12.00am-1.15pm | Theatre

Matt Rodda MP (shadow minister for pensions), Stephen Timms MP (chair, Work and Pensions Committee), Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society), Yvonne Braun (Director of Policy, Long Term Savings and Protection, Association of British Insurers), Sue Ferns (senior deputy general secretary, Prospect).

Prosperity everywhere: how can business help reduce regional inequalities?

12.30pm-1.45pm | Room 1 | Held in partnership with Experian

Alex Norris MP (shadow minister for Levelling Up), Colin Greaves (managing director, Experian Marketing Service), Juergen Maier (Northern Powerhouse Partnership), Emma Degg (chief executive, North West Business Leadership Team), Rosemary Thomas (National Literacy Trust).

Heart of the community: how can local services and community assets tackle poverty and exclusion in the decade ahead?

3.00pm-4.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with the Post Office

Seema Malhotra MP (shadow minister for business and consumers), Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwatz (leader of Islington Council), Richard Taylor (group director of corporate affairs and communications, Post Office), Richard Fleetwood (postmaster, Post Office), Ed Woodall (chief executive, Association of Convenience Stores).

Mind the gap, reducing inequalities in health and healthcare

5.00pm-6.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with the ABPI

Paulette Hamilton MP (Health and Social Care select committee), Liz Twist MP, Anna Dixon MBE (Chair of the Archbishops’ Commission on Reimagining Care and a trustee of Helpforce), Cllr Salma Arif (Cabinet Member for Public Health & Active Lifestyles, Leeds Council), Richard Torbett (chief executive, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry), Anita Charlesworth (director of research and economics, Health Foundation).

Cheap and convenient? Building the mass market for electric cars

6.15pm-7.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with LV=

Matt Western MP (chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Electric Vehicles), Gill Nowell (Head of Electric Vehicles, LV), Polly Billington (chief executive, UK100), Dr Nina Skorupska CBE (CEO, REA), Johnson Situ (Former Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Transport)

Money misery: Solving the cost-of-living crisis and building financial security for low-income Britain

6.30-7.45pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with StepChange

Tulip Siddiq (shadow economic secretary to the Treasury), Peter Tutton (head of policy, StepChange), Katie Schmuecker (principal policy advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation), Antonia Bance (head of campaigns and communications, TUC).

Fabian Society Reception with Lloyds Banking Group

8-10.30 | Main Room

With guest speaker Rachel Reeves MP (shadow chancellor), Anas Sarwar MSP (leader of the Scottish Labour party) and Alison McGovern MP (shadow minister for employment)


Tuesday 27th September

Is our school examination system fit for purpose?

9am-10am | Room 1 | Held by the Young Fabians U19 Network

Laura Cunliffe-Hall (Chair, Young Fabians), Ralph Ali (Under 18s representative, Young Labour), Zahra Lahrie (South East representative, Labour Students), Kevin Courtney (Joint general secretary, NEU).

Waiting in pain: children’s access to healthcare and the NHS backlog  

11am-12am | Theatre | Held in partnership with the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Wes Streeting MP (shadow secretary of state for health and social care), Matt Garett (dean of the faculty of dental surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England), Dr Camilla Kingdon (president, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), Anita Charlesworth (director of research and economics, The Health Foundation), Aletha Adu (political correspondent, Daily Mirror). 

The wrong direction: what can Labour do to reverse rising poverty among older people?

12pm-1.15pm | Room 1 | Held in partnership with Centre for Ageing Better and Independent Age

Jonathan Ashworth MP (shadow secretary of state for work and pensions), Carole Easton (chief executive, Centre for Ageing Better), Morgan Vine (head of policy and influencing, Independent Age), Polly Toynbee (columnist, the Guardian).

Bridging digital divides: how can Labour ensure online life is open to all?

12.15pm-1.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with BT

Stephanie Peacock MP (shadow minister for media, data and digital infrastructure), Helen Milner (chief executive, Good Things Foundation), Sasjkia Otto (senior researcher, Fabian Society), Alex Towers (director of policy and public affairs, BT), Kate Harrison (digital inclusion lead, Manchester City Council).

Aiming high: learning from Labour’s local leaders to deliver a national housing strategy

5.00pm-6.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with Shelter

Tom Copley (deputy mayor of London for housing and residential development), Dr Nik Johnson (mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough), Osama Bhutta (chief executive, Shelter), Dan Norris MP (mayor of the West of England), Rokhsana Fiaz (mayor of Newham).

The party of the consumer? Labour’s agenda for protecting customers and creating fair markets

5.00pm-6.15pm | Room 1 | Held in partnership with Which?

Seema Malhotra MP (shadow minister for business and consumers), Tina McKenzie (chair of policy and advocacy, Federation of Small Businesses), Patrick Leahy (head of external affairs, Which?), Didi Denham (government affairs and public policy manager, Google).

Rebuilding our high streets: bringing community back to town centres

6.00pm-7.15pm | Theatre | Held in partnership with Power to Change

Bill Esterson (shadow minister for business and industry), Nick Plumb (policy and public affairs manager, Power To Change), Shama Tatler (cabinet member for regeneration & planning, Brent Council)


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