Fabians at Labour Party Conference 2009

Royal Albion Hotel, 35 Old Steine, Brighton

Event starts:

How to win with Labour values

Venue & Address: Royal Albion Hotel, 35 Old Steine, Brighton

Start and End times: Sunday 27th September – Thursday 1st October 2009

Ticket price: Free


The Fabian Society held a comprehensive programme of public fringe events at this years Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Our events debated key contemporary issues with speakers from across the political spectrum.


The Fabian fringe was joined by a number of senior political figures, including Alistair Darling MP, Caroline Flint MP, Yvette Cooper MP, Jon Cruddas MP, Vince Cable MP and James Purnell MP.


Sunday 27th September
Next Labour: What next for progressives? – 3pm
Jon Cruddas MP
James Purnell MP
Mary Riddell
In partnership with Unions21, Young Fabians, Labourlist
Do Brits hate benefits?- Making the case for welfare – 6pm
John Denham MP
Polly Toynbee
Karen Buck MP
Tim Horton
Jemima Olchawski
Question Time: Could Labour Win? – 8pm
Sunder Katwala
Gaby Hinsliff
Ed Balls MP
Iain Dale
Caroline Flint MP
Caroline Lucas MEP
In partnership with The Observer, ICAEW
Monday 28th September
Is this the last chance for a progressive coalition? – 12.45pm
Charles Clarke MP
David Lammy MP
Sarah Teather MP
Vince Cable MP
Steve Richards
Who are the new Conservatives – 6pm
Phillip Blond
Tim Montgomerie
Tim Horton
Fraser Nelson
Polly Toynbee
David Miliband in Conversation – How Labour will win a fourth term on foreign policy – 8pm
David Miliband MP
Steve Richards
Tuesday 29th February
After the crunch – how do we beat poverty? – 12.45pm
Tim Montgomerie
Yvette Cooper MP
Kate Green MP
Julian Astle MBE
Michael Parker
In partnership with CentreForum, Centre for Social Justice, CPAG, Webb Memorial Trust
Economy Question Time – 6pm
Alistair Darling MP
Richard Lambert
Brendan Barber
John McFall MP
Jean Eaglesham
Wednesday 30th September
Tackling Worklessness in an Ageing Society
Angela Eagle MP
Andrew Harrop
Anne Fairweather
Lucie Stephens
Dr. Michael Harris
In partnership with NESTA


Building Healthier Communities: Empowering and engaging local people in their health.
The communities we live in, our social networks and our socio-economic backgrounds directly shape our life chances and the informed health decisions we make. Poor health choices often reflect wealth inequalities and a lack of access to beneficial information and support within our respective communities. There is a greater call for the weight of responsibility in combating community health inequalities to be shared between the public and private sector. Our roundtable aims to discuss how the government and private sector can develop strategic partnerships to build healthier communities.
Kindly supported by Alliance Boots
Flexible New Deal: A new deal for Britain’s labour market
The New Deal was instrumental in defining New Labour policies in 1997, over a decade on its programmes continue to underpin government labour market policies. As unemployment is expected to reach 3 million by 2010, the government plans to replace its programme with the Flexible New Deal, an initiative developed in a period of economic growth in order to respond to long-term unemployment. But is this shift in approach the right welfare-to-work programme during the recession? Is there sufficient emphasis on skills and re-training and will it prepare the labour force forwhat may be a very different jobs market once the economy recovers?
Kindly supported by Avanta
Delivering on Renewable Targets: How do we collectively get to a low carbon future?
Carbon reduction and renewable energy although fundamental to the climate change agenda remain highly contentious issues. The government’s commitment to reducing the UK’s greenhouse emissions to 80% by 2050 has been broadly welcomed by the public, but there remains a lack of awareness of what the delivery of a sustainable energy future will encompass. It is argued that Britain will need to develop large-scale energy developments in order to meet its future carbon targets, but can the government, cross industry groups and green NGOs work together to effectively win the public argument on how best to deliver our sustainable future?
Kindly supported by National Grid
Taxation and Business Transparency: Ensuring the international regulation we need.
Both at home and abroad, corporate tax avoidance has resulted in an exorbitant loss of state revenue. Never before has this been more evident than in the case of multinational companies in the developing world. The global financial crisis, although catastrophic, has facilitated greater dialogue on the negative impacts of tax avoidance. But how can Britain in partnership with the international community ensure firm regulation of multinational corporate tax?
Kindly supported by Action Aid, Amnesty International, Christian Aid and the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England and Wales.
Global Health Inequalities: How can we ensure fair access in the developing world?
Malaria, infections at birth, HIV, diarrhoeal disease, measles, and tuberculosis are all preventative diseases, but are the most predominant determinants of life expectancy within the developing world. The prevalence of such illnesses is directly linked to a lack of education, insufficient healthcare structures, and most importantly a lack of access to medication. The term ‘10/90 gap’ has often addressed the disparities in healthcare research, noting that only 10% of medical research is focused on the conditions that contribute to 90% of global diseases. But as we look to the future, how can we encourage and develop pharmaceutical interest to combat global health inequalities?
Kindly supported by Sanofi-aventis.