Fabian Summer Conference 2015: Where now for the left?

Event starts:

Saturday 6 June 2015, 9.30am-5.30pm | Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Taking place just one month after Labour’s devastating defeat, this conference will provide a space for crucial discussion and debate about the future direction of the centre-left.

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a Labour Leadership Debate at the conference, when we shall be joined by all the declared candidates: Andy Burnham MP, Yvette Cooper MP, Jeremy Corbyn MPMary Creagh MP and Liz Kendall MP.

In addition to the Labour Leadership Debate, our conference will, as ever, feature a top line-up of speakers from the Labour party, the media, academia and beyond to explore the way forward. But there will also be small group-discussions throughout the day, so you will have the opportunity to debate ideas with senior figures from across the labour movement and beyond.

>> Click here to listen to ‘The party of the future: how should Labour change for the 2020s?’ on audioBoom.

Fabian Summer Conference 2015: Where now for the left?
9.30 – Registration
10.00 – Welcome
Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society)
10.10 – What happened? What went wrong? Coming back fighting
Owen Smith MP
(shadow secretary of state for Wales), Peter Kellner (president, YouGov), Mari Williams (former parliamentary candidate, Cardiff North), chair: Mary Riddell (columnist, The Daily Telepgraph)
11.30 – Morning breakouts
1992 all over again? Learning from the past
Stephen Bush (editor, The Staggers), Andy McSmith (senior reporter, The Independent), Emily Robinson (lecturer in politics, University of Sussex), chair: Greg Rosen (chair, Labour History Group)
Achieving change locally: is Tory devolution an opportunity to be grasped?
Claire Kober (leader, Haringey council), Jim McMahon (leader, LGA Labour group), David Walker (contributing editor, Guardian Public Leaders Network), chair: Abena Oppong-Asare (deputy leader, Bexley Labour group)
Learning from 2015: your ideas for the left’s political renewal – session repeated
Richard Angell (director, Progress), Johanna Baxter (CLP representative, Labour NEC), Emma Burnell (contributing editor, LabourList), chair: Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society)
Small group discussions with facilitators: David Chaplin (treasurer, Fabian Society), Sara Ibrahim (executive member, Fabian Society), Alice Perry (local government representative, Labour NEC), Steve Race (vice-chair, Fabian Society), Alexandra Sanderson (former parliamentary candidate, Chelsea and Fulham), Shama Tatler (councillor, Brent council)
12.45 – Lunch
Young Fabians lunchtime breakout session: What does a Tory majority mean for young Britain?
Angus Hanton (co-founder, Intergenerational Foundation), Binita Mehta (Conservative group leader, Watford council), Suzy Stride (former parliamentary candidate, Harlow), chair: Martin Edobor (vice-chair, Young Fabians)
13.45 – Afternoon breakouts
Building economic credibility
Dan Corry (chief executive, NPC), Nicola Smith (head of economic and social affairs, TUC), Ann Pettifor (director, Policy Research in Macroeconomics), chair: Stephen Beer (author, The Credibility Deficit: How to rebuild Labour’s economic reputation).
Britain in Europe: how should the left fight the in/out referendum?
Ivana Bartoletti (chair, Fabian Women’s Network), Mark Leonard (director, European Council on Foreign Relations), Ernst Stetter (secretary general, Foundation for European Progressive Studies), chair: Seema Malhotra MP (chair, Fabian Society)
Learning from 2015: your ideas for the left’s political renewal – session repeated
Richard Angell (director, Progress), Johanna Baxter (CLP representative, Labour NEC), Emma Burnell (contributing editor, LabourList), chair: Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society)
Small group discussions with facilitators: David Chaplin (treasurer, Fabian Society), Sara Ibrahim (executive member, Fabian Society), Alice Perry (local government representative, Labour NEC), Jacob Quagliozzi (councillor, St Alban’s council), Steve Race (vice-chair, Fabian Society), Alexandra Sanderson (former parliamentary candidate, Chelsea and Fulham), Suzy Stride (former parliamentary candidate, Harlow), Shama Tatler (councillor, Brent council)
15.00 – The party of the future: how should Labour change for the 2020s?
Alison McGovern MP (shadow Treasury minister), Owen Jones (columnist, The Guardian), Sonia Sodha (former adviser to Ed Miliband MP), chair: Polly Toynbee (columnist, The Guardian). >> Click here to listen to the session.
16.15 – Labour leadership debate
Andy Burnham MP, Yvette Cooper MP, Jeremy Corbyn MPMary Creagh MP, Liz Kendall MP, chair: Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society). >> Click here to listen the debate.
17.30 – Close


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