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Local government events at the Conservative Party Conference 2022

Join us in Birmingham between Sunday 2 to Wednesday 5 October 2022 for a programme of events relevant to local government.


The Conservative Party Conference will take place between Sunday 2 and Wednesday 5 October 2022 at The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA.

Join us at the following events:


Sunday 2 October

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National Youth Agency – The lost generation: the endless mental health crisis

2.15pm–2.40pm    

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Cllr Mark Sutton, LGA Children and Young People’s Board and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at South Staffordshire Council; Victoria Atkins MP, British Youth Council Honorary President; Michael Hough, Mental Health Foundation; Callum Parr, Chair British Youth Council

Type of event: Panel Q&A

Bright Blue, in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – Pride, place and prosperity: the importance of a strong social fabric

2.30pm–3.45pm

Venue: Suite 116 of Jury's Inn Birmingham, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HQ

Key speakers: The Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP, Secretary of State for Wales (invited); Dehenna Davison MP, Minister in Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (invited); Bob Blackman MP, Member, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee; Cllr Glen Sanderson, Leader, Northumberland County Council; Anvar Sarygulov, Head of Research, Bright Blue (Chair); Cllr Louise McKinlay, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board 

Type of event: Private roundtable (invite only)

National Youth Agency – A year on from COP26: What are your plans and hopes for the future?

2.45pm–3.10pm

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman; Cllr Samuel Kasumu, former No. 10 Special Advisor for Civil Society and Communities; Jess Smith, Public Affairs Officer, WWF; Sophie O’Connell, Policy Assistant, Green Alliance; Osaro, Chair, the British Youth Council

Type of event: Panel debate

Local Government Association – Local government welcome reception

3.30pm–5.00pm     

Venue: Hall 8a, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman; Izzi Seccombe, LGA Conservative Group Leader

Type of event: Drinks reception

The Institute for Public Policy Research – Same difference? Making levelling up felt by local communities

4.40pm–5.45pm

Venue: Executive Room Seven, ICC, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Paul Scully MP, Minister of State for Local Government, Faith and Communities; Zoë Billingham, Director, IPPR North; Hetan Shah, Chief Executive, British Academy; Ailbhe McNabola, Director of Policy and Communications, Power to Change

Type of event: Panel debate

Girlguiding – Girlguiding’s girls’ attitudes survey 2022 – what do girls and young women need from levelling up?

5.15pm–6.30pm

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Cllr Louise McKinlay, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board

Type of event: Private roundtable

National Youth Agency, Forward Trust and Centrepoint – In communities we trust' – local councils and community groups and with young people

6.30pm–7.30pm

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Cllr Sutton, LGA Children and Young People’s Board; Ben Bradley MP; Cllr Samuel Kasumu, former No.10 advisor; Sally Benton, Forward Trust; Seyi Obakin Centrepoint; Leigh Middleton, National Youth Agency

Type of event: Evening reception

Conservative Councillors' Association (CCA) – Local government reception (ticket only)

8.30pm–10.00pm

Venue: Symphony Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ

Type of event: Reception


Monday 3 October

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National Youth Agency – HAFs and HAF-nots? Youth work supporting families and young people

8.00am–9.15am

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Mims Davies MP, Minister, Home Office; Seyi Obakin, Chief Executive, Centrepoint; Cllr Mark Sutton, LGA Children and Young People’s Board

Type of event: Panel discussion

Localis – After the Gold Rush – levelling up for a decade of opportunity in Birmingham

9.00am–10.00am

Venue: Banqueting Suite, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

Speakers: Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Conservative Group Leader; Cllr Ian Ward, Leader, Birmingham City Council; Rebecca Riley, Associate Professor Enterprise, Engagement, and Impact, City-REDI, Birmingham Business School; James Morris MP, Halesowen and Rowley Regis; Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman, Conservative LGA Group and Professor Colin Copus, Visiting Fellow, Localis

Type of event: Panel debate

Localis – The connected society (sponsored by Kensington and Chelsea Council)

12.00pm–1.00pm

Venue: Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB (outside the secure zone)

Speakers: Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman; Cllr Elizabeth; Campbell, leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association; Ailbhe McNabola, Director of Policy and Communications, Power to Change; Danny Kruger MP for Devizes; Mark Robinson, chair, High Streets Taskforce and David Simmonds MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Type of event: Panel debate

Plan International – Equality for girls

2.45pm–3.45pm

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Cllr Louise McKinlay, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board; Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

Type of event: Private briefing

LGA Local Government Debate – Supporting communities through the rising cost of living and economic recovery

3.30pm–5.00pm

Venue: Concerto, Hyatt Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ

Chair: Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman

Speakers: Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman, LGA Conservative Group and Deputy Chair of the LGA; John Park, Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google Cloud; Nick Park, Director at Public First; Government Minister TBC

Future Social Care Coalition – Can we fix social care for good?

3.45pm–4.45pm

Venue: ICC Hall 3 (Thatcher Theatre), The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Gillian Keegan MP, the Minister for Social Care; David Simmonds MP, the Chair of the APPG for Social Work; Matt Hancock MP, the former Health Secretary; and David Fothergill, Chair of the LGA Health and Wellbeing Board 

Event type: Panel debate

Tuesday 4 October

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Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham – Devolved solutions to domestic heat – a West Midlands blueprint

8.00am–9.30am

Venue: The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2DR

Speakers: Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman; plus MPs, representatives from energy bodies; think tanks and universities   

Type of event: Private roundtable (invitation only)

Institute for Government – How can skills policy help reduce regional inequality?

8.00am–9.15am

Venue: Dolce Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ

Speakers: Cllr Toby Savage, Vice Chair of LGA City Regions Board

Type of event: Private roundtable

Which? – Roundtable on the cost of living

8.00am–9.15am

Venue: Birmingham Library Building

Speakers: Cllr John Fuller OBE, Deputy Chair of the LGA

Type of event: Private roundtable

Conservative Tenants and Landlords Forum – What can we do to win back generation rent AND landlords?

8.45am–9.45am

Venue: ICC Hall 3 (Thatcher Theatre) 

Speakers: Cllr David Renard, Chair of the LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive, National Residential Landlords Association; James Cartlidge MP for South Suffolk; Tilly Smith, Campaigns Officer, Generation Rent;  Vanessa Warwick, Co-founder Property Tribe

Type of event: Panel discussion

ConservativeHome – The care debate: how can we tackle issues in social care to unlock growth across the country?

9.15am–10.30am

Venue: Hall 6, ICC, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Amanda Wood, Head of PR and External Affairs, Community Integrated Care; Victoria Parkinson, Director of Finance and IT, Mental Health Association; Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman

Type of event: Panel debate

Trussell Trust – What works? How to build financial resilience in our communities

10.30am–12.00pm

Venue: Concerto Room at the Hyatt Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ (inside the secure zone)

Speakers: Cllr David Fothergill, Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board; other speakers TBC 

Type of event: Panel debate

Conservative Councillors' Association (CCA), sponsored by LGA Conservative Group – Department of Levelling up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Q&A

1.00pm–2.30pm

Venue: Hall 8b, ICC, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: DLUHC ministers

Type of event: Panel Q&A (CCA members only, registration required at the CCA exhibition stand)

DevoConnect and UK Ports Authority – The BIG transport fringe – building back world-class transport in a time of crises. What do we need to scale up and level up?

1.00pm–2.30pm

Venue: Hall 8A, ICC, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers: Sarah Longlands, CLES, Hew Merriman MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee, Martin Heffer, Technical Director for Rail and Transit, WSP; Julian Walker, Associated British Ports Chief Commercial Officer; Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Robert Courts MP, former Ports and Aviation Minister; Cllr John Fuller OBE, Deputy Chair of the LGA

Type of event: Panel debate

Princes Trust – A job half done? A youth unemployment crisis averted, now can NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people address labour shortages

1.45pm–2.45pm

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers:  Cllr Linda Taylor, LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board

Type of event: Private roundtable

Reform – High quality, fairly funded – the future of adult social care

2.30pm–3.30pm

Venue: Rhythm and Blues Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre, Central Square, Holliday Street, Birmingham B1 1HH

Speakers: Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of LGA’s Conservative Group; Camilla Cavendish, Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice, Columnist and former head of the No 10 Policy Unit; Damian Green MP; Daniel Sperrin, Director, Newton

Type of event: Panel debate 

Net Zero APPG and Design Council – Scaling up net zero – bridging the green skills gap

5.30pm–6.30pm

Venue: ICC Youth Zone, The ICC Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA

Speakers:  Minnie Moll, Chief Executive, Design Council;  Neil Isaacson, Chief Executive, Liberty Charge; Giles Perkins, Head of Profession, Future Mobility, WSP; Cllr Martyn Cox, Leader, Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority portfolio lead for the Green City Region, Waste and Recycling; Cllr James Jamieson, LGA Chairman