ResPublica at the Party Conferences


Event Details

Our Fringe Programme in 2018

The 2018 Autumn Party Conferences will mark ResPublica’s ninth year delivering high-profile and impactful fringe programmes. Hosting senior speakers with our trademark thought-leadership, our events are at the front and centre of the annual conferences.

If you have any questions please contact Events and Communications Manager Mike Mavrommatis at or call 020 3857 8319 or External Affairs Officer Brendon Marsh at or call 020 3857 8324.

Our programme for the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham is listed below. You can find more information about all of our events including the range of speakers we’ll be welcoming and the issues they’ll be discussing on the right of this page.

This year we’ll be holding our events in the Library of Birmingham which is just outside the main secure zone and they’re free to attend. Our events will be in Room 101 or Room 102 on the first floor of the Library. Look out for our banner and we’ll show you the way!

Sunday 30th September

17.45-19.00 – 2020 Conservatives Group hosted by ResPublica: A vision and policy Programme for Britain Beyond Brexit

A series of short pitches from the 2020 Conservatives authors of “Britain Beyond Brexit: a programme for national and Conservative Renewal”

Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica (Chair), George Freeman MP, Tom Tugendhat MP, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP with a keynote address from Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

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Monday 1st October

15.45-17.00 – Devo London: What policies does London need to succeed?

What policies can local government offer to help Londoners thrive in a successful, modern, city by improving city management and service delivery?

Phillip Blond, ResPublica (Chair); Paul Scully MP, Conservative Party Vice-Chair for London; Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council; Jasmine Whitbread, London First; Professor Tony Travers, LSE London

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15.45-17.00 – Fixed Odds Betting Terminals: The costs of delaying the £2 stake reduction

What are the implications of delaying the implementation of the ruling until 2020, especially to the lives of those addicted to gambling?

Nicola Bartlett, Daily Mirror (Chair); John White, bacta; Oliver Hogan, Cebr; Cllr Morris Bright, LGA; Richard Graham MP

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17.45-19.00 – The New and the Lost Conservative Voters: How can the party get a majority?

How can the Conservatives appeal to liberal remain voters while remaining true to their leave voting electoral base who represent the majority of the membership and party activists?

Katy Balls, The Spectator (Chair); Dr Phillip Lee MP; Phillip Blond; ResPublica, Lara Spirit, Our Future Our Choice; Lord Andrew Cooper of Windrush

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17.45-19.00 – Knife, acid and scooter crime: What can be done?

What policies can be used to help tackle the recent rise in violent crime, employing creative approaches?

Fiona Hamilton, The Times (Chair); Sophie Linden, London Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime; Andrew Boff AM, Niven Rennie Police Scotland; Javed Khan, Barnardo’s

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Tuesday 2nd October

12.45-14.00 – The North is on the rise: What more does it need?

How can the Northern Powerhouse build on existing successes to advance regional prosperity?

Helen Pidd, The Guardian (Chair); Henri Murison, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Edna Robinson, The People’s Powerhouse; Geoff White, RICS; Barry White, Transport for the North

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15.45-17.00 – Who’s in charge? Regulating English football for the good of the game

How can we secure a system of regulation which fosters continuous improvements in club governance?

Tom Greatrex, Supporters Direct (Chair); Damian Collins MP; Nick Vaughan, The FA; Jaimie Fuller, Skins; Caroline Barker, Sports Broadcaster

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17.45-19.00 – What do automation and AI mean for the future of work?

What are the opportunities and challenges of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ and its effect on the future of work?

Jim Bligh, Tata Consultancy Services (Chair); Vicky Ford MP, Pictfor; Antony Walker, techUK; Mike Clancy, Prospect; Eliza Easton, Nesta

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17.45-19.00 – Backing Beauty: What should our towns and cities look like in the future?

How can a focus on the quality and ‘beauty’ of the built environment can deliver local industrial strategies and unlock local productivity

Mark Hansford, New Civil Engineer (Chair), Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury; Julie Hirigoyen, UK Green Building Council; Ian Liddell, WSP; Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets

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