Facing the future: the Fabian fringe at Labour party conference 2015

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The Fabian fringe at this year’s Labour party conference in Brighton took place in the Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront. Our programme of events explored the theme ‘Facing the future‘, our new programme of work exploring how Labour renews.

> Click here to see our private roundtable events programme.

SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
12:30-13:45, Lancing Suite How can Labour win back older voters?  in partnership with Age UK
Caroline Flint MP (Don Valley), Caroline Abrahams (charity director, Age UK), Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society), Peter Kellner (president, YouGov), chair: Martin Kettle (associate editor, the Guardian).

> Click here to listen again to ‘How can Labour win back older voters?’
12:30-13:45, Glyndebourne 2 Have we taken women for granted? – organised by the Fabian Women’s Network in partnership with the LGA Labour Group
Helen Goodman MP (member, Treasury select committee), Fiona Twycross AM (economy and fire spokesperson, London Assembly Labour group), Ivana Bartoletti (chair, Fabian Women’s Network), Abena Oppong-Asare (deputy leader of the Labour group, Bexley council), Alice Perry (local government representative, Labour NEC)
14:15-15:30, Lancing Suite Future of the Labour party – pamphlet launch, organised by the Young Fabians
Ivan Lewis MP (Bury South), Josh Groves (campaign manager for Jess Philips MP), Steve Morrison (founder, Use Your Voice), Johnson Situ (councillor, Peckham), Alvin Caprio and Jessica Toale (project leads and joint chairs)
16:00-17:15, Lancing Suite Closing the gap: how should we deliver a health and care service for the 21st Century? – pamphlet launch, organised by the Young Fabians
Malcolm Clark (coordinator, Children’s Food Campaign, Sustain), Martin Edobor (vice-chair, Young Fabians), Amrita Rose (former chair, Young Fabians Health Network), chair: Sophie Keenleyside
18:00-19:15, Lancing Suite Fabian Question Time
Ben Bradshaw MP (Exeter), Angela Rayner MP (Ashton-under-Lyne), Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society), Yvonne Roberts (chief leader-writer, The Observer), chair: Simon Fanshawe (writer and broadcaster)
> Click here to listen again to ‘Fabian Question Time’
21:00-23:00 Fabian Society reception – in partnership with British Wind
By invitation only. Special guests throughout the evening. 
MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER
12:30-13:45, Lancing Suite Northern powerhouse: spin or substance?  in partnership with Heathrow
Conor McGinn MP (opposition whip), Nick Forbes (leader, Newcastle council), John Holland-Kaye (chief executive, Heathrow), Jessica Studdert (deputy director, New Local Government Network), Tony Travers (professor, LSE Department of Government), chair: Olivia Bailey (research director, Fabian Society)

> Click here to listen again to ‘Northern powerhouse: spin or substance?’
12:30-13:45, Glyndebourne 2 The path to prosperity: solving Britain’s productivity puzzle – in partnership with EEF
Seema Malhotra MP (shadow chief secretary to the Treasury), Stephen Doughty MP (shadow minister for trade and industry), Terry Scuoler (chief executive, EEF), Heather Stewart (economics editor, The Observer), chair: Cameron Tait (senior researcher, Fabian Society)
14:15-15:30, Lancing Suite Defending the Human Rights Act – organised by the Fabian Women’s Network in partnership with the Society of Labour Lawyers
Keir Starmer MP (former director of public prosecutions), Emily Thornberry MP (Islington South and Finsbury), Ivana Bartoletti (chair, Fabian Women’s Network), Kate O’Rourke (chair, Society of Labour Lawyers, and solicitor), Reema Patel (secretary, Fabian Women’s Network, and democracy commentator)
18:00-19:15, Lancing Suite Citizenship, contribution and responsibility: is the left ready for a new social contract? in partnership with NCS Trust
Jan Royall (Labour peer and former leader of the House of Lords), Maurice Glasman (Labour peer), Tracey Paul (policy manager, NCS Trust), chair: Ruth Cadbury MP (Brentford and Isleworth)

> Click here to listen again to ‘Citizenship, contribution and responsibility: is the left ready for a new social contract?’
18:00-19:15, Glyndebourne 2 Priced out: can the UK afford to meet the extra costs of disability?in partnership with Scope
Debbie Abrahams MP (shadow minister for disabled people), Elliot Dunster (group head of policy, research and public affairs, Scope), Howard Reed (director, Landman Economics), Catherine Scarlett, chair: Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society)

> Click here to listen again to ‘Priced out: can the UK afford to meet the extra costs of disability?’
19:45-21:00, Lancing Suite  A blank cheque? What can austerity Britain afford for older people? in partnership with Independent Age, RNIB, Bright Blue and CentreForum
Debbie Abrahams MP (shadow minister for disabled people), Dawn Foster (journalist), Janet Morrison (chief executive, Independent Age), Eleanor Southwood (vice-president, RNIB), chair: Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society).
> Click here to listen again to ‘A blank cheque? What can austerity Britain afford for older people?’
TUESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
10:15-11:30, Lancing Suite Labour’s purple problem: how do we respond to the challenge of UKIP? – organised by the Young Fabians
Dan Jarvis MP (Barnsley Central), Rowenna Davis (former parliamentary candidate for Southampton Itchen – invited), Rayhan Haque (project lead, Labour’s Purple Problem), Martin Edobor (vice-chair, Young Fabians – chair)
11:45-13:00, Lancing Suite Future of European social democracy roundtable – organised by the Young Fabians International Network
Seb Dance MEP, Catherine Ashton (former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – invited) , Darina Agha (international secretary, Swedish Social Democratic Youth League), LJ Davies (chair, Young Fabians International Network – chair)
18:00-19:15, Lancing Suite The week in review: the speech, the leader, the party
Kate Green MP (shadow minister for women and equalities), John McTernan (commentator and political strategist), Tim Montgomerie (columnist, The Times), Ellie Mae O’Hagan (Comment is Free columnist, the Guardian), chair: Andrew Harrop (general secretary, Fabian Society)
> Click here to listen again to ‘The week in review: the speech, the leader, the party’
19:45-21:00, Lancing Suite Campaigning and being heard in the new multi-party era – in partnership with the Electoral Reform Society, Compass and Progress
Richard Angell (director, Progress), Olivia Bailey (research director, Fabian Society), Katie Ghose (chief executive, Electoral Reform Society), Neal Lawson (director, Compass), chair: Matthew Goodwin (author, Revolt on the Right)
> Click here to listen again to ‘Campaigning and being heard in the new multi-party era’

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