Fabians at Labour Party Conference 2010

Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA

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How to win with Labour values


Venue & Address: Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M60 2LA

Start and End times: Sunday 26th September – Tuesday 28th September 2010

Ticket price: Free


Given the backdrop of a newly elected party leader, the Fabians used this moment to reflect and debate the next chapter of Labour’s future vision and strategies.


Our thanks to everyone who came along to our Question Time events, to our debates on the future of relations between Labour and Liberal Democrats, criminal justice, the poverty challenge and to our Dragon’s Den session ‘Change or no Change’.


Sunday 26th September
Dragon’s Den: Change or no change – 1pm
David Lammy MP
Deborah Mattinson
Sadiq Khan MP
Mehdi Hasan
Can Labour speak to England? – 6pm
John Denham MP
Jon Cruddas MP
Gisela Stuart MP
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Yvette Cooper MP
Patrick Diamond
Question Time – 8pm
Sunder Katwala
Douglas Alexander MP
Toby Helm
Fraser Nelson
Partnered with Observer
Monday 27th September
The Poverty Challenge: Is the Coalition delivering on fairness? – 1pm
Philip Blond
Kate Green MP
Alison Garnham
Julian Astle
Nancy Kelley
Partnered with CentreForum, CPAG, Respublica
Is the Lib/Lab Coalition gone forever?- 6pm
David Blunkett MP
Dr Evan Harris
Polly Toynbee
John Leech MP
Sunder Katwala
Partnership with Centre Forum, Kindly supported by ERS
Inside out: should there be fewer people in prison?
Jack Straw MP
Juliet Lyon CBE
Sunder Katwala
Peter Kellner
Mary Riddell
Chuka Umunna MP
Kindly supported by Prison Reform Trust, Criminal Justice Alliance
In partnership with CentreForum, Policy Exchange
Tuesday 28th September
Where did all the women go? – 6pm
Fiona McTaggart MP
Bonnie Greer
Julie Mellor
Caroline Flint MP
Seema Malhotra
Sunder Katwala
Partnership with Fabian Women’s Network
YES to reform – winning the battle
John Denham MP
Stephen Twigg MP
Peter Hain MP
Tessa Jowell MP
Neal Lawson
In partnership with Compass, Progress and ERS


Skills and social mobility: next steps for access to professions
The recent economic crisis has further exacerbated inequality, and reversed many of the gains made to social mobility over the last 13 years. Given this tighter fiscal environment, how far can we support pathways to professions and secure the jobs of the future? And what role can employers, communities and the Government play in harnessing aspirations and breaking down barriers to reaching professions?
David Lammy MP
Michael Izza
Patrick Diamond
Tessa Stone
Martin Bright
Kindly supported by ICAEW
Low Carbon 2050: what’s stopping us?
Perhaps the biggest challenge for all policymakers and energy suppliers will be translating the 2050 low carbon agenda into policy action given a tighter fiscal context.  What would a realistic level of success in the development of low carbon energy sources look like by the end of this parliament and the next? What are the political and public barriers to achieving this and how can we overcome them?
Malcolm Wicks MP
Alan Whitehead MP
Janine Freeman
David Norman
Kindly supported by National Grid
Next Left: insecurity, fairness and the new social democracy
Issues of immigration, crime and welfare dependency have provided very difficult electoral challenges for centre-left parties across Europe, so why have modern social democrats struggled to develop a sufficient response to economic insecurity?  This seminar will aim to connect the British Labour Party’s inquest into its election defeat of May 2010 and political debates about its future, with pan-European debates about the ideological and political challenges for social democracy and democratic socialist parties.
John Denham MP
Dr Alfred Gusenbauer
Catherine Fieschi
Sunder Katwala
Kindly supported by the Foundation of European Progressive Studies
Do we need a state education system?
Public education reform remains an area of contention between policymakers and practioners, and in light of new Government interventions there are growing concerns around the future configuration of education services. The following seminar will seek to identify these areas and to draw some consensus on balancing standards and expectations, the role of the state in the public education system and ownership of the quality of services provided in schools.
David Blunkett MP
Geoff Whitty
Christine Blower
Lucy Heller
Kindly supported by the Institute of Education
Jump Starting Green Jobs
With UK unemployment now at 2.5 million, this seminar will assess how we can jump start green jobs given the backdrop of deep cuts and limited public spending. What defines a green job and what sectors can benefit from low-skilled green employment? What role should Government, the private and third sector play in delivering green skills and what are the pathways to green employment at a local level?
Emily Thornberry MP
Tim Horton
Tony Hawkhead
Michael Jacobs
Kindly supported by Groundwork UK, Respublica, CentreForum
Who are skills for? Can we meet the fairness test in an age of austerity?
This seminar will explore how the broad political consensus on the need for fairness and social equity in public policy can and should inform decisions about the provision of skills and training, particularly when it comes to prioritising resources given the focus on deficit reduction.  What kind of indicators would demonstrate these policy choices have been designed to credibly meet this “fairness test”? How will the new Coalition Government marry a high skills future and a political economy based on economically liberal scepticism?
Pat McFadden MP
Andrew Sich
Frances O’Grady
Alessandara Buonfino
David Coats
Kindly supported by City & Guilds and the Trade Union Congress
Road to recovery: the role of UK manufacturing and competiveness
Perhaps the key long-term public policy challenge facing the UK is where its future jobs and prosperity will come from.  This seminar will assess how far the noticeable shift in public and political discourse towards ‘bringing manufacturing back in’ as part of a sustainable future UK economy led to any consensus about the future role of developing and protecting British owned manufacturing. And ask the question – does size matter? 
Adrian Bailey MP
Adam Lent
Juergen Maier
Sam Fleming
Kindly supported by EEF and the Food and Drink Federation
The Work Programme: learning the lessons from Labour or condemning the hardest to reach?
The Work Programme will effectively replace all FND1 programmes underway and reign in on FND2 contracts agreed, streamlining all benefit claimants into one scheme and reducing the complexity of the system to include all people on incapacity benefits and single parents. This seminar will therefore explore the policy challenges of the new coalition government’s welfare to work agenda – in particular whether the Work Programme will sufficiently deal with those hardest to reach groups.
Anne Begg MP
Janette Faherty
Gavin Poole
Tom Hampson
Kindly supported by Avanta