Conservative Party Annual Conference

The Conservative Party will be holding its annual Conference in Manchester, from Sunday 3 October to Wednesday 6 October 2021.


The LGA Conservative Party Group events

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The LGA debate  

Build Back Local: how do we harness the power of local government to level-up across the country?    

Sunday 3 October, Exchange 6 and 7, Manchester Central, 6.00pm-7.30pm  

LGA speakers: Councillor James Jamieson, Chairman of the LGA (Chair); Councillor Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader of the LGA Conservative Group, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, LGA President (TBC)

Other confirmed speakers:  Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis; David Simmonds, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner; Neil O’Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities (TBC)

The LGA evening reception  

Monday 4 October, Petersfield Suite, Midland Hotel , 6.00pm – 7.30pm   

LGA speakers: Councillor Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader of the LGA Conservative Group; Councillor James Jamieson, Chairman of the LGA   

Other speakers: TBC  


There are a number of other sessions organised by the LGA and other stakeholders in the Conference programme – highlights and LGA activities are below.

Sunday 3 October   

Time Session
4.00pm-5.00pm 

Shelter

Will the Planning Bill get us the homes we need? 

Venue: Manchester Central, Exchanges 2-3, Windmill Street, M2 3GX

Speakers: Councillor David Renard, Chair of LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board; Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon; Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Shelter; Tom Fyans, Deputy Chief Executive of CPRE; Lucy Fisher, Daily Telegraph (Chair) 

Type of event: Panel debate

6.00pm- 7.30pm 

LGA Debate  

Build Back Local: how do we harness the power of local government to level-up across the country?  

Venue: Exchange 6 and 7, Manchester Central  

Speakers: Councillor James Jamieson, Chairman of the LGA (Chair); Councillor Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader of the LGA Conservative Group, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, LGA President (TBC); Neil O’Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities (TBC), Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis, David Simmonds, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Type of event: Panel debate  

7.00pm onwards

Communities that work  
Exploring the challenges and opportunities in delivering the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund 
 

Venue: The King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth St, Manchester M2 4AW  

Speaker: Councillor Kevin Bentley, Chair of the LGA People and Places Board   

Type of event: Private roundtable, invitation only 

 

Monday 4 October 

Time Session
8.00am-9.30am   

Bright Blue and WSP  

Nature positive? Public attitudes towards the natural environment 

Venue: Exchange 1 of Manchester Central (inside the secure zone) 

Speaker: Councillor David Renard, Chair of LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board; Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Stanley Johnson, International Ambassador for the Conservative Environment Network; Patrick Hall, Senior Research Fellow, Bright Blue; Liz Bates, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 (Chair) 

Type of event: Panel debate

8.00am-9.15am 

 Public Policy Projects

How can we build an affordable green future?

Venue: PPP Lounge, Main Exhibitors’ Hall in Manchester Central  

Speakers: Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Conservative Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chairman

Type of event: Roundtable

9.00am-10.00am  

Localis  

Building Communities: a stewardship model for a housing-led recovery?  

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL (entrance from Princess Street)  

Speakers: Councillor James Jamieson, LGA Chairman; Victoria Hills, Chief Executive, The Royal Town Planning Institute; David Simmonds MP, Chairman, All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Planning; Andrew Taylor, Group Planning Director, Countryside Properties; Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis (chair)  

Type of event: Panel debate  

9:30am-10:30am  

UK Youth

You can’t build back better from Covid without young people

Venue: Youth Zone, Conference Centre Exhibition Hall, Manchester Central 

Speakers: Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Conservative Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chairman; Ndidi Okezie, CEO, UK Youth; Robert Halfon MP: Chair of the Education Select Committee; David Johnston MP; Sara Britcliffe MP; Lewis Iwu, CEO & Co-founder, Purpose Union; and young person TBC

Type of event: Panel debate

12.00pm- 1.00pm

 Localis

The Social Care Economy

Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL (entrance from Princess Street)

Chair: Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis 

Speakers: Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Conservative Group Leader and LGA Vice-Chairman; Edel Anabwani, Associate Organiser, Citizens UK; Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, chair of Central London Forward and leader Kensington and Chelsea Council and Dr Keith Hebden, Care Sector Campaign, Living Wage Foundation

Type of event: Panel debate 

1.00pm-2.30pm  

Prince’s Trust  

Facing the Future: employment prospects for young people post-pandemic  

Venue: Cobden 1, Manchester Central (secure zone)  

Speakers: Councillor Teresa Heritage, Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board  

Type of event: Private roundtable, invitation only 

3.30pm-5.00pm

National Education Union  

What does levelling up mean for disadvantaged children?  

Venue: Exchange 9, Manchester Central (secure zone)  

Speakers: Councillor Teresa Heritage, Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board; Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU; Paul Church, Chairman, Conservative Education Society; Ayesha Hazarika, journalist and broadcaster

Type of event: Panel debate

3:30pm-5.00pm

PM IPPR Centre for Economic Justice 

Building Back Better: Regional inequality and the recovery 

Venue: Exchange Rooms 6 & 7

Speakers: Councillor James Jamieson, LGA Chairman

Type of event: Roundtable 

5.00pm-6.00pm

 Centre for Policy Studies  

Bridging the digital divide  

Venue: Secure zone, Manchester Central  

Chair: Nick King, Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Studies   

Speakers: Councillor Kelham Cooke, LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board; Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt; Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy DirectorCBI; Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness  

Type of event: Panel debate 

6.00pm-7.30pm 

LGA Conservative Group Evening Reception  

Venue: Petersfield Suite, Midland Hotel  

Speakers: Councillor James Jamieson, LGA Chairman, Councillor Izzi Seccombe OBE, Leader, LGA Conservative Group  

Type of event: Evening reception  

6.00pm-7:30pm

Centre for Policy Studies and New Philanthropy Capital  

Levelling Up Communities: Putting People, Place & Civil Society at the Heart of the Agenda 

Venue: The Workplace, 4th Floor Broadhurst House, 56 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6EU (less than 5 mins from Midland Hotel) 
Speakers: Councillor Kevin Bentley, Chairman, LGA People & Places Board; Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future (Chair); Peter Gibson MP, Chair, APPG on Social Integration; Dan Corry, Chief Executive, NPC; Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, CLES; Eleanor Harrison, Chief Executive, Impetus; Danny Kruger MP, PPS at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  

Type of event: Panel debate  

7:15pm-8:30pm

NYA and YMCA 

Levelling up locally: How can Conservative councils build back better for young people 

Venue: Youth Zone, Manchester Central, Exhibition (inside secure zone)

Speakers: Cllr Teresa Heritage, Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board; Mims Davies MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Employment; Cllr Samuel Kasumu, Welwyn Hatfield Council; Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency; David Bridson, Head of Campaigns & Research, YMCA England & Wales; Siana Beard, YMCA Youth Ambassador and Minister for Civil Society (TBC)

Type of event: Panel debate

8.00pm-10.00pm

Bright Blue in partnership with Viridor  

Cleaner, Green Housing? Reducing waste and carbon from homes 

Venue: Ember Lounge, Malmaison Manchester, 1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 3AQ  

Speaker: Councillor James Jamieson, LGA Chairman 

Type of event: Private dinner

 

Tuesday 5 October

Time Session
8.00am-9.15am

UK Youth

Improving the employment prospects of young people, and how we can work together to achieve this

Venue: Youth Zone, Manchester Central, Exhibition Hall

Speakers: Councillor Marc Bayliss, member of the LGA’s People and Places Board

Type of event: Roundtable 

8.00am-9.30am  

The Big Local  

Small platoons: how community power creates a new way of working for councils after COVID  

Venue: Houghton Suite, Midland Hotel   

Speakers: Councillor Kevin Bentley, Chair, LGA People and Places Board  

Type of event: Private roundtable, invitation only   

8.00am-9.30am

The Children’s Society, Trussell Trust and Turn2Us  

What role government can play in levelling up financial resilience in deprived communities?  

Venue: Rolls Suite, Midlands Hotel, within the secure zone.  

Speakers: Councillor Laura Mayes, LGA Children & Young People Board  

Type of event: Roundtable breakfast  

1.00pm-2.30pm

ConservativeHome in partnership with Age UK

What needs to be done to ensure the Prime Minister's social care plan succeeds? 

Venue: Central 5, Manchester Central (inside the secure zone)

Speakers: Cllr Louise McKinlay, Member of LGA's Community Wellbeing Board; Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Care; Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Type of event: Panel debate 

1.00pm-2:30pm   

The Spectator   

Getting on the ladder: striking the right balance between social housing and home ownership  

Venue: Manchester Central, Exchange 11 (secure zone).  

Speakers: Councillor James Jamieson, LGA President   

Type of event: Panel debate  

1.00pm-2:30pm  

PM Atkins and Associated British Ports

Building Back Better- Are UK Ports and Airports the keys to recovery?

Venue: Lancaster Suite, Midland Hotel, Manchester (Secure Zone)

Speakers: Councillor David Renard, Chair of LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board; Katy Balls, The Spectator (Chair); Lord Billimoria, President, CBI; Richard Gutsell, Director of Ports and Airports, Atkins; Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, CLES; Andy Brown, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Manchester Airport Group

Type of event: Panel debate

1.00pm- 2.30pm

NSPCC and Barnardo’s 

Levelling up communities for young people 

Venue: Fairclough Room, Midlands Hotel (inside the secure zone)

Speakers: Councillor Teresa Heritage, Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board; Charles Hymas, The Telegraph (Chair); Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP; Rachel De Souza, Children’s Commissioner; Sir Peter Wanless, CEO of NSPCC and Lynn Perry MBE, Co-CEO at Barnardo’s  

Type of event: Panel debate

6.00pm-7.30pm  

Bright Blue 

Renewing the lease: what's next for private renting? Bright Blue 

Venue: Central 7 

Speakers: Councillor David Renard, Chair, LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board; The Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, Minister for Housing; Joe Shalam, Head of Housing and Financial Inclusion, CSJ; Victoria Spratt, Housing Correspondent, i Newspaper; Baroness Alicia Kennedy, Director, Generation Rent and Member, Renters Reform Coalition; and, Alexandra Jezeph, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair). 

Type of event: Panel debate 

6.00pm-7.30pm

Prospect Magazine, in partnership with Edaroth

New Approach, New Houses, New Jobs: what new social and affordable housing can do for Britain

Venue: The Royce Suite, Midland Hotel

Speakers: Cllr Abi Brown, Vice-Chair, LGA City Regions Board 

Type of event: Private roundtable, invitation only

6.00pm-7:30pm   

Future Social Care Coalition  

Get Social Care Done: Time for a Social Care People Plan  

Venue: Exchange 6&7 Combined, Manchester Central  

Speakers: Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Conservative Group Leader; Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Co-Chair, APPG on Adult Social Care (Chair); Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Care; Kevin Hollinrake MP; Sebastian Bachelier, Living Wage Foundation; Teresa Exelby, Community Integrated Care; Nadra Ahmed, National Care Association and Richard Mears, Dimensions  

Type of event: Panel debate