The Fabian Fringe at Labour Party Conference 2012

Manchester Town Hall

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 Labour’s Alternative: The Shape of Things to Come

This year’s Labour Party Fringe will explore some of the themes outlined in the latest groundbreaking Fabian pamphlet the ‘Shape of Things to Come’, edited by John Denham.

The Fabians have a long established tradition for running one of the most high profile and comprehensive events series at Labour Party Conference. We put politics at the heart of our fringe with headline speakers debating the issues at the very heart of our politics.

This year is no different with more than twenty different events with a variety of partners and affiliates hosted at Manchester Town Hall. Our space, located 30 seconds from the secure zone, is open to local Fabian and Labour Party members without a conference pass and spaces for every event are secured on a first-come first-served basis with no pre-booking, see you there.

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All events are in the Conference room at Manchester Town Hall unless stated

The Fabian Fringe

All are welcome to attend our fringe events which are located outside of the secure zone.

Sunday – September 30th

Deeper Democracy: can parties reconnect people and politics?
Time: 12:45 – 14:00
Featuring: Stella Creasy MP, Peter Kellner (President, YouGov), Caroline MacFarland (Respublica), Kathryn Perera (Chair) (Chief Executive, Movement for Change)
In association with: Centre:Forum, Respublica

Five Million Votes presents Winning New Voters: Should Labour Lurch to the left or right?
Time: 17:45 – 19:15
Featuring: Rowenna Davis (Councillor, Southwark) (Chair), Lord Stewart Wood (Strategic adviser, Ed Miliband), Steve Hart (Chair, CLASS), Rachel Reeves MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury), and Luciana Berger MP (Shadow Minister for Climate Change).
Five Million Votes in association with the Fabian Society
Venue: Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Manchester Town Hall

Politics: Is the future Plural?
Time: 18:00-19:30
Featuring: John Denham MP, Caroline Flint MP, Katie Ghose (Chief Executive, Electoral Reform Society), Simon Hughes MP (Liberal-Democrats), Dr. John Pugh MP (Liberal Democrats) and Mary Riddell (Daily Telegraph) (Chair)
In association with: Centre:Forum and The Electoral Reform Society

Fabian Question Time: Labour’s Alternative
Time: 20:00-21:30
Speakers:Andy Burnham MP, Dan Hodges (Daily Telegraph), Owen Jones (The Independent), Polly Toynbee (The Guardian), Chuka Umunna MP and Alison McGovern MP (chair)

Monday – October 1st

How can Labour solve the Childcare crisis?
Time: 12:30-14:00
Featuring: Stephen Twigg MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education), Seema Malhotra MP (chair), Sam Smethers (Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus), Purnima Tanuku OBE (Chief Executive of National Day Nurseries Association) and Vivian Woodell (Board member of mid-counties Co-Operative, Chief Executive of Phone Co-Op)
In association with: Family Planning Institute, Fabian Women’s Network, The Family Room, Co-Op
Note Venue: Exchange 2&3 Manchester Central (inside secure zone)

New Forms of Work
Time: 13:00-14:00
Featuring: Stephen Timms MP (Shadow Minister for Employment), David Coats (Director of WorkMatters Consulting, Research Fellow, Smith Institute), Doug Henderson (Former Labour MP), Tom Hadley (Director of External Relations REC) and Rowenna Davis (The Guardian) (Chair)
In association with: PCG and REC

Growing Pains: How to rebuild the economy and restore trust
Time: 18:00-19:30
Featuring: Rachel Reeves MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Brendan Cook (Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC), Maurice Glasman (Labour Peer), Richard Lloyd (Executive Director, Which?) and Larry Elliot (Chair) (The Guardian)
In association with: HSBC

Crime, Punishment and Reform: Driving forward the Justice agenda
Time: 18:00-19:30
Featuring: Lord Beecham (Justice Spokesperson) (invited), Vera Baird QC (Labour Candidate for Police Commissioner, former Solicitor General), Frances Crook (Chief Executive, Howard League for Penal Reform), Tony McNulty (former immigration minister) and Charlotte Rachael Proudman (Chair) (Independent, The Guardian)
In association with: Howard League for Penal Reform
Note Venue: Lord Mayor’s Parlour, ManchesterTown Hall

Labour’s Policy Review: The Shape of Things to Come
Time: 19:45 – 21:30
Featuring: Lord Andrew Adonis, Jon Cruddas MP (Chair, Policy Review), Angela Eagle MP (Chair, National Policy Forum), John Denham MP (editor, The Shape of Things to Come) and Andrew Harrop (Fabian Society) (Chair)

Tuesday – October 2nd

Spin Alley: Live – Come and debate Ed Miliband’s speech

Time: 18:00-19:30
Featuring: Jackie Ashley (The Guardian),Andrew Harrop (Fabian Society), Mehdi Hasan (Huffington Post), Sadiq Khan MP, Tim Montgomerie (editor, ConservativeHome) and Pippa Crerar (Evening Standard) (chair)
In association with: Political Quarterly

Two speed Europe: are women being left behind?
Time: 19:45-21:15
Featuring: Emma Reynolds MP (Shadow Minister for Europe), Ivana Bartoletti (editor, Fabiana), Linda McAvan MEP, Dr Roberta Guerrina (University of Surrey) and Felicity Slater (chair)
In association with: Fabian Women’s Network, Labour Movement for Europe
Venue: Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Manchester Town Hall

For more information, please contact Olly Parker on olly.parker@fabians.org.uk

All events are in the Conference Room, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Greater Manchester, M2 5DB

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