Progress organised a series of events for Labour party members to discuss the ideas in The Purple Book.

The feedback from interesting and diverse. Through the event we engaged thousands of party members about the ideas in the book and a vision for Labour.

If you would like a Progress speaker or a chapter author from The Purple Book to speak at a local meeting you are organising please do get in touch.

Past events on The Purple Book:

Westminster: The Purple Book: How does Labour design public services for the future?
6-7:30pm/ 13 December/ Grimond room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
Authors: Liz Kendall MP, Cllr Patrick Diamond
Speakers: Deborah Mattinson (Britain Thinks), Cllr Peter John
Chair Julie Elliott MP

Birmingham: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 8 December / Chamber, Council House, Victoria Square
Authors: Liam Byrne MP
Speaker: Emma Reynolds MP, Steve Mccabe MP
Chair: Cllr Steve Bedser

Ipswich: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7:30-9pm / 7 December / Ipswich Library Lecture Hall, Northgate Street, IP1 3DE
Authors:  John Woodcock MP, Richard Angell (Progress)
Speakers:  Cllr David Ellesmere (Ipswich PPC), Cllr Carina O’Reilly (Cambridge)
Chair: Chris Mole

Westminster: The Purple Book: who knows best, Whitehall or the town hall
6-7:30pm/ 6 December / Grimond Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons 
Authors: Andrew Adonis, Paul Richards
Speakers: Hilary Benn MP, Gisela Stuart MP
Chair: Cllr Florence Nosegbe

Bristol: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 1 December / The Council House, College Green
Authors: Ivan Lewis MP, Richard Angell
Speakers: Kerry McCarthy MP, Mel Smallman (SERA)
Chair: Cllr Mark Bradshaw

Westminster: The Purple Book: Can we design a new political economy for a post crash age?
5:30-7pm/ 29 November/ Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
Authors: Peter MandelsonTristram Hunt MP
Speakers: Kitty UssherAllen Simpson
Chair: Stella Creasy MPEdinburgh: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
6-7:30pm / 18 November / Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace
Authors: Douglas Alexander MP, Cllr Paul Brant
Speakers: Kezia Dugdale MSP, Ian Murray MP
Chair: Richard Angell (Progress)

Newcastle: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 11 November / Committee Suite, Newcastle Civic Centre
Authors: Jenny Chapman MP, Cllr Patrick Diamond
Speakers: Julie Elliot MP, Katie Schmuecker (Ippr North)
Chair: Cllr Michael Johnson

Westminster: The Purple Book: can Labour empower victims, communities and professionals to cut crime and build confidence?
6-7:30pm/8 November/ Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
Authors: Jacqui Smith, Jenny Chapman MP
Speakers: Simon Reed (Police Federation), Juliet Lyon (Prison Reform Trust)
Chair: Steve McCabe MP (chair, Labour’s backbench home affairs committee)

Liverpool: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 4 November / Devonshire Hotel, 293-297 Edge Lane
Authors: Stephen Twigg MP, Cllr Paul Brant
Speaker: Alison McGovern MP
Chair: Richard Angell (Progress)

Oxford University: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 3 November / Oxford University
Authors: Cllr Steve Reed
Speaker: Olivia Bailey (Labour Students)
Chair: Richard Angell (Progress)

Medway: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 2 November / Rochester Coffee Co, 146 High Street, Rochester, Kent
Authors: Rachel Reeves MP, John Woodcock MP
Speaker: Cllr Wes Streeting
Chair: Naushabah Khan (Kent Young Labour)

Glasgow: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 28 October / Freinds Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, Glasgow, G2 4PS
Authors: Douglas Alexander MP, Richard Angell (Progress)
Speaker: Willie Bain MP Gemma Doyle MP
Chair: Neil Bibby MSP

Manchester: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7-8:30pm / 27 October / Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street
Authors: Ivan Lewis MP, Richard Angell
Speakers: Jonathan Reynolds MP, Kate Green MP
Chair: Cllr Rosa Battle

Westminster: The Purple Book: what does a something-for-something welfare state look like in practice?
6-7:30pm / 25 October / Thatcher room, Portcullis House
Authors: Liam Byrne MP, Frank Field MP
Speakers: Kate Green MP, Graeme Cooke (ippr)
Chair: Jonny Reynolds MP

Leeds: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7:30-9pm / 21 October / Committee Room 67, Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley Street
Authors: Caroline Flint MP, Rachel Reeves MP
Speakers: Toby Perkins MP, Jane Thomas (NPF)
Chair: Emma Hoddinott (Co-Op Party)

Leicester: The Purple Book: Should we leave the big state behind?
7:30-9pm / 13 October / Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street
Authors: Liz Kendall MP, Richard Angell (Progress)
Speakers: Gloria De Piero MP, Kevin Mckeever (Corby CLP)
Chair: Matthew O’Callaghan (Loughborough PPC)

Westminster: The Purple Book: Does Labour’s view of the state need to change?
6pm / 11 October / Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House Of Commons
Authors: Douglas Alexander MP, Liam Byrne MP
Speakers: Andy Harrop (Fabian Society), Phil Collins (The Times)
Chair: Mary Riddell (Daily Telegraph)

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