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Progress annual conference 2011

Winning back Britain: New ideas for New Labour

21 May 2011
10am to 5pm

You can now watch video from our conference here:

Ed Miliband’s speech to Progress Annual Conference

Ed Miliband taking questions with Progress vice chair, Bridget Phillipson MP

Progress Question Time
with Douglas Alexander MP,
Oona King, David Aaronovitch, Jacqui Smith and Simon Fanshawe

Economic competence: Does Labour have a credibility deficit? with Angela Eagle MP, Roger Liddle, Michael Stephenson and Ben Shimshon

The Big Society: Have the Tories stolen Labour’s Big Idea? with Tessa Jowell MP, Phillip Blond, Maurice Glasman and Cllr Paul Brant

Media partners:

Stephen Twigg MP,  chair, Progress

Opening plenary session

‘The State of the Party’
Caroline Flint MP, shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary
Mary Riddell, columnist, Daily Telegraph
Cllr Nick Forbes, leader, Newcastle City Council
Deborah Mattinson, author and founder, BritainThinks
Chair – Stephen Twigg MP, chair, Progress

Morning breakout sessions

Crime, Law and Order: Can Labour win the argument again?
Yvette Cooper MP, shadow Home Secretary
Hazel Blears MP, former Communities and Local Government Secretary
Simon Reed, vice chair, Police Federation of England and Wales
Enver Solomon, policy director, the Children’s Society

Democracy or bust: Where now for Britain’s foreign policy?
Stephen Twigg MP, chair, Progress
Anas Sarwar MP, vice chair, Progress
Ben Garratt, head of policy and research, Labour Friends of Israel
Maajid Nawaz, co-founder, Quilliam

Modern and mutual: How do we put people in control of public services?
Liz Kendall MP, shadow Health minister
Nick Pearce, director, ippr
Cllr Steve Reed, leader, Lambeth Council
Ben Page, chief executive, Ipsos MORI

Economic competence: Does Labour have a credibility deficit?
Angela Eagle MP, shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Roger Liddle, chair, Policy Network
Michael Stephenson, general secretary ,The Coop Party
Ben Shimshon, director, BritainThinks

Welfare’s not working: What do the state and claimants owe each other?
Stephen Timms MP, shadow Work and Pensions minister
Frank Field MP, former minister for Welfare Reform
Cllr Claire Kober, leader, Haringey Council
Kate Green MP, former chief executive, Child Poverty Action Group


There are many food outlets close to the Congress Centre

Keynote address
Ed Miliband MP, leader, Labour party
Chair – Bridget Phillipson MP, vice chair, Progress

Afternoon breakout sessions

The electoral battleground: Is the coalition reshaping the political centre?
Ivan Lewis MP, shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary
Lewis Baston, political analyst and writer
Luke Akehurst, NEC
Ryan Shorthouse, Spokesperson, Bright Blue
Chris Nicholson, Chief Executive, CentreForum

The Big Society: Have the Tories stolen Labour’s Big Idea?
Tessa Jowell MP, shadow Cabinet Office minister
Phillip Blond, director, ResPublica
Maurice Glasman, academic and Labour peer
Cllr Paul Brant, deputy leader, Liverpool City Council

Revise and renew: Where next for Social Democracy?
Andrew Adonis, director, Institute for Government
Tristram Hunt MP, vice chair, Progress
Olaf Cramme, director, policy Network
Rachel Reeves MP, shadow Pensions minister

Match fit: How do we reform the Labour party to win again?
Ellie Reeves, NEC and vice chair, Refounding Labour
John Woodcock MP, shadow Transport minister
Peter Watt, ceo, Counsel and Care and former Labour party secretary general
Johanna Baxter, NEC

More than Southern Discomfort: Does Labour have an English problem?
Chuka Umunna MP, Treasury select committee
Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader, Stevenage Borough Council
Greg Cook, pollster, Labour party
Jonathan Rutherford,  editor, Soundings Journal
Patrick Diamond, author, ‘Southern Discomfort Again’


Closing plenary

Progress Question Time
Douglas Alexander MP, shadow Foreign Secretary
Oona King, Labour peer
David Aaronovitch, writer and broadcaster
Jacqui Smith, former Home Secretary
Chair: Simon Fanshawe, writer and broadcaster

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