New Year Conference 2011

Institute of Education,London

Event starts:

Venue & Address:Institute of Education,London

Start and End times: Saturday 15th January 2011

Ticket price: £30/£15

The Conference kicked off the political year by seeking to connect Labour and a broader pluralist movement to map out the new political terrain. 900 delegates debated whether a ‘next left’ movement could build the majority coalition we need.

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, gave the morning’s keynote speech.

Event partners:

FEPS, The Guardian, New Statesman, Left Foot Forward


10.30-11.30 Keynote Speech
Ed Miliband MP in conversation with Sunder Katwala
11.30-13.00 – Morning Sessions
1. Is there an alternative? What is the political economy we want?
The Government has mapped out their choice of tax and spending cuts as the only credible deficit reduction plan. But what does an alternative political economy for a progressive majority look like?
Speakers: Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, James Forsyth, Political Editor of the Spectator, Adam Lent, Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department (ESAD) at the TUC, Kitty Ussher, Director of Demos
2. Open Labour: how can we mobilise power from below?
Where and how can local power be used to pioneer alternatives, and how must party politics change to be both value-based and pluralist, if it is to mobilise and engage beyond traditional boundaries?
Speakers: Rowenna Davis, freelance journalist, Dr Maurice Glasman, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at London Metropolitan University, David Lammy MP, Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth council.
3. Challengers or collaborators: can progressives influence the coalition?
How far does the Coalition’s record so far substantiate its claim to be progressive? What impact will LibDem participation in the Coalition government have on the long-term shape of the British centre-left?
Speakers:  Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Siân Berry, the Green Party’s candidate for the London Mayoral election in 2008,  Simon Hughes MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Will Straw, Editor of Left Foot Forward.
In partnership with CentreForum
4. Winning the argument: what can we learn about movement politics from the right?
What can we learn from the right’s success in campaigning and grassroots advocacy on the web, particularly in the environment, and how should the left respond?
Speakers: James Crabtree, Comment Editor, Financial Times, Jon Cruddas MP, Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, Chuka Umunna MP, Tim Montgomerie, Editor of Conservative Home, Laurie Penny, The New Statesman.
13.00 – 14.00 – Lunchtime
Squeezed Youth: how does Labour reconnect?
The lunchtime session will be organised by Young Fabians, with all conference attendees welcome. Building upon their work over the last two years on reform of the Labour Party, they will exploring the ways in which Labour can (re)connect with young people both inside and outside of the party and demonstrating that the issues felt strongly by young people are not unique, but relevant to all.
14.00 – 15.30
1. The Democracy Challenge
Beyond May’s electoral reform referendum, what really needs to change for the planned ‘new politics’ to be delivered?
Speakers: Jessica Asato, Director of the Labour Yes to AV campaign, Anthony Barnett, Founder of openDemocracy, Jason Cowley, Editor of the New Statesman,John Denham MP, Shadow Business Secretary, Lord Michael Wills.
Kindly sponsored by Labour Yes!
2. Fairness after the cuts: How do campaigners deal with the deficit?
What strategies do poverty and welfare campaigners need to take this year and in the longer-term to sustain public support?
Speakers: Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary, Tom Clark (the Guardian), Sunny Hundal, Liberal Conspiracy & False Economy, Deborah Mattinson, BritainThinks,  Trevor Phillips, Chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
In association with Unions21
­3. Green Gloom: Can we take the environment out of the box?
Why are the greens loosing ground in the public debate?  Where can we find positive and engaging environmental campaigning, and how can we bring this message into the mainstream?
Speakers: Joss Garman, climate campaign activist at Greenpeace UK and Co-Founder of Plane Stupid, Meg Hillier MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Tim Horton, Research Director at the Fabian Society, Michael Jacobs, a visiting fellow on climate change at LSE,  Peter Kellner, President of YouGov
4. Narrowing Horizons: can we remain internationalists in an age of austerity?
What do domestic cuts mean for our place in the world order?  What presence should we now have on the international stage balancing both UK and European priorities?
Speakers: Wayne David MP, Kirsty Hughes, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam, Sunder Katwala, General Secretary of the Fabian Society, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at the Southbank Centre, and Ania Skrzypek, Policy Advisor at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies
Dragons Den – Radical ideas for a progressive majority
Mehdi Hasan, Senior Editor (Politics), New Statesman, Sadiq Khan MP, Chair Fabian Society, Deborah Mattinson, BritainThinks, Mary Riddell, columnist Daily Telegraph