The Fabians at Labour Party Conference ‘Labour’s Choices: One Nation in tough times’

Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel, 149 King's Rd, Brighton BN1 2PP ‎

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This year’s Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and once again we’ll be hosting some of the biggest events on the Labour Fringe.

The Fabians will be taking over the Mercure Hotel on Brighton’s seafront, just minutes away from the secure zone. Fabian members without a conference pass are more than welcome to join the debate.

Our programme begins at lunchtime on the Sunday and will go right through until Tuesday night. All are welcome to attend our events, which are being held outside of the secure conference zone in the Coast View Rooms of the Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel (unless stated otherwise).

Click here to add all of our events straight to your calendar or smartphone.

Sunday – September 22nd

Road to Full Employment
Time: 12:30 – 13:30 (Norfolk Suite)
Featuring: Liam Byrne MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), Paddy Lillis (Deputy General Secretary, Usdaw), John Park (Strategy and Political Director, Community – Chair), Liz Snape (Assistant General Secretary, UNISON)
In association with: Community and Usdaw

Fabian Question Time: Public Spending Choices
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Featuring: Andrew Harrop (General Secretary, Fabian Society), Alison McGovern MP, Alan Milburn, Rachel Reeves MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Mary Riddell (Daily Telegraph – Chair)

The Role of Women in Business and Economic Growth
Time: 19:30 – 20:30 (Norfolk Suite)
Featuring: Ivana Bartoletti (Fabian Women’s Network – Chair), Fiona Hathorn (Managing Director, Women on Boards UK), Councillor Sarah Hayward (Leader, Camden Council), Seema Malhotra MP (Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party Business Group), Deborah Mattinson (Co-founder, BritainThinks), Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – invited)

Devolution: Constitution and Reform
Time: 19:45 – 20:45
Featuring: Sarah Boyack MSP, Margaret Curran MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland), James Hallwood (Associate Director, The Constitution Society), Marcus Roberts (Deputy General Secretary, Fabian Society – Chair), Owen Smith MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Wales)

Monday – September 23rd

Giving Birth in Austerity Britain: The Future of Maternal Health
Time: 08:30 – 09:30 (Norfolk Suite)
Featuring: Ade Adeyemi (Chair, Young Fabians Health Network – Chair), Rosalind Bragg (Director, Maternity Action), Elizabeth Duff (Senior Policy Adviser, NCT), Samara Hammond (Chief Executive, AMREF UK), Jamie Reed MP (Shadow Health Minister), Jon Skewes (Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications, Royal College of Midwives)

What’s the Answer to Populism?
Time: 12:30 – 14:00 (Norfolk Suite)
Featuring: Evan Harris (Liberal Democrats), Sunder Katwala (Director, British Future – Chair), Sadiq Khan MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Justice), David Lammy MP, Zoe Williams (Columnist, The Guardian)
In association with: British Future and Centre Forum

Responsible Capitalism and Workplace Democracy: Giving Workers a Real Voice
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Featuring: Nita Clarke (Director, IPA), Seema Malhotra MP (Chair, Parliamentary Labour Party Business Group – Chair), Frances O’Grady (General Secretary, TUC), Tom Powdrill (Head of Communications, PIRC), Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills)
In association with: PIRC and TUC

Economic Question Time: The Big Issues for Business
Time: 18:00 – 19:00
Featuring: Jeremy Cliffe (UK Political Correspondent, The Economist – Chair), Isabel Hardman (Coffee House Blog Editor, The Spectator), Michael Izza (Chief Executive, ICAEW), Joe Twyman (Head of Political and Social Research, YouGov), Chuka Umunna MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills)
In association with: ICAEW

Sharing the Responsibility: Building Better Partnerships Between Government and Industry
Time: 18:00 – 19:00 (Norfolk Suite)
Featuring: Hilary Benn MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government), Rowenna Davis (PPC, Southampton Itchen), John Denham MP, Sonia Sodha, Ed Wallis (Head of Editorial, Fabian Society – Chair)
In association with: Portman Group

Preventing a Lost Decade: How Can we Make Europe Work for Growth?
Time: 19:30 – 20:30
Featuring: Larry Elliott (Economics Editor, The Guardian – Chair), Matthew Elliott (Chief Executive, Business for Britain), Charles Grant (Director, Centre for European Reform), Stephen Radley (Director of Policy, EEF), Catherine Stihler MEP
In association with: EEF

Tuesday – September 24th

What Next for Women’s Rights and Foreign Policy?
Time: 12:30 – 13:30 (Hall 7, Room D, Hilton Metropole, Kings Road, BN1 2FU)
Featuring: Kate Allen (Director, Amnesty International UK), Stella Creasy MP, Samira Hamidi (Afghan Women’s Network), Kerry McCarthy MP

Together: A Whole Person Vision for the NHS and Social Care
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Featuring: Caroline Abrahams (Director of External Affairs, Age UK), Andy Burnham MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Health), Karen Jennings (Assistant General Secretary, UNISON), James Lloyd (Director, The Strategic Society Centre), Michael White (Assistant Editor, The Guardian – Chair)
In association with: Age UK

Just One Nation? Labour’s Policy on an In/Out Referendum
Time: 18:00 – 19:00 (Norfolk Suite)
Featuring: Mike Gapes MP, Lord Maurice Glasman (Blue Labour), Helen Goodman MP, Peter Kellner (President, YouGov), Axelle Lemaire (Parti Socialiste Députée – Chair), Graham Stringer MP, Keith Vaz MP
In association with: Electoral Reform Society

Spin Alley: Debating the Leader’s Speech
Time: 19:15 – 20:30
Featuring: Jessica Asato (PPC, Norwich North – Chair), Lord Ashcroft (, John Denham MP, Michael Jacobs (Political Quarterly), Marcus Roberts (Deputy General Secretary, Fabian Society)
In association with: Political Quarterly

For more information about any of our events, please contact our events team at: [email protected].

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