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The Purple Papers: Real change for Britain, real choices for Labour was centre piece of Progress’ 2012-2013 Westminster events series and regional tour. Our events covered how Labour takes forward some of the key policy areas that have come out of The Purple Book and Ed Miliband’s leadership.

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26 OCTOBER 2012: WARWICK UNIVERSITY: Real change for Britain: what should Labour’s priorities for government be?

  • Stewart Wood Shadow minister without portfolio
  • Patrick Diamond Policy Network
  • Lynnette Kelly Parliamentary candidate for Warwick and Leamington
  • Chair: Jon Wheale Parliamentary candidate for Burton


30 OCTOBER 2012: Real choices for Labour: What would we give up to pay for universal childcare?

  • Stephen Twigg MP Shadow education secretary
  • Patrick Diamond Policy Network
  • Polly Toynbee The Guardian
  • Claire McCarthy 4Children
  • Dalia Ben-Galim IPPR;
  • Chair: Joan Ryan Progress


1 NOVEMBER 2012:  YORK: Real change for Britain: what should Labour’s priorities for government be?

Council Chambers, York Council, The Guildhall, York, YO1 9QN, 7-8:30pm

  • Vernon Coaker MP Shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland
  • Patrick Diamond Policy Network
  • Anna Turley Parliamentary candidate for Redcar
  • James Alexander York city council (chair)


20 NOVEMBER 2012: Want and need: The real choice facing Labour for future public services?

Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, 6pm

  • Liz Kendall MP Shadow minster for care and older people
  • Steve Van Riel Centreground
  • Ben Lucas Director 2020 Public Services Trust at the RSA
  • Paul Hunter Smith Institute


22 NOVEMBER 2012: MANCHESTER: Real change for Britain: what should Labour’s priorities for government be?

Barnes Wallis Building, Altrincham Street, Manchester M1 7JA 7-8:30pm

  • Ivan Lewis MP Shadow secretary of state for international development
  • Steve Van Riel Former director of policy and research at the Labour party and Purple Papers author
  • Cllr Phil Davies Leader, Wirral Council
  • Lucy Powell MP Manchester Central
  • Chair: Cllr Claire Reynolds Progress strategy board member and Tameside councillor, Manchester Central

4 DECEMBER 2012: The care crunch: Who will pay for the baby boomers?

Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons, 6pm

  • Andy Burnham MP Shadow health secretary
  • Cllr Patrick Diamond Chapter author, The Purple Papers
  • Michelle Mitchell Charity director general, Age UK
  • Bobby Duffy Managing director, Ipsos Mori Social Research Institute
  • Chair: Hopi Sen Progress Strategy Board

9 FEBRUARY 2013: NOTTINGHAM: Real change for Britain: what should Labour’s priorities for government be? At Labour’s local government conference

Room 3a, East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston, Nottingham, 2pm

  • Richard Angell Deputy director, Progress
  • Liz Kendall MP Shadow care minister
  • Cllr Nick Forbes Leader, Newcastle council
  • Cllr Lib Peck Leader, Lambeth council
  • Chair: Cllr Paul Brant Deputy mayor, Liverpool council and Progress strategy board

28 FEBRUARY 2013: CARDIFF: Real change for Britain: What should the next government’s priorities for government be?

Ty Hywel/National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, 7pm

  • Steve Van Riel Chapter author, The Purple Paper and Centreground
  • Douglas Alexander MP Shadow foreign secretary
  • Stephen Doughty MP Cardiff South and Penarth
  • Jane Hutt AM Finance minister, Welsh Assembly
  • Chair: Vaughan Gething AM Cardiff South and Penarth


7 MARCH 2013: LINCOLN: Real change for Britain: What should Labour’s priorities for government be?

Lincoln City Hall, Lincoln, 7pm

  • Graeme Cooke Chapter author, The Purple Papers and research director, IPPR
  • Caroline Flint MP Shadow energy and climate change secretary
  • Lucy Rigby PPC for Lincoln
  • Chair: Nic Dakin MP Opposition whip


11 MARCH 2013: WESTMINSTER: More generous and more temporary: How do we reform welfare to build full employment?

4pm, Monday 11 March 2013, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

  • Liam Byrne MP Shadow work and pensions secretary
  • Karen Buck MP Shadow education minister
  • Graeme Cooke Author, The Purple Papers
  • Nick Pecorelli Associate director, The Campaign Company


14 MARCH 2013: NEWCASTLE: Real change for Britain: What should Labour’s priorities for government be?

Civic Centre, Newcastle, 6.30pm

  • Richard Angell Deputy director, Progress
  • Jim Murphy MP Shadow defence secretary
  • Anna Turley IPPR North and PPC for Redcar
  • Chair: Chi Onwurah MP Shadow Cabinet Office minister


18 APRIL 2013: NORWICH: Real change for Britain: What should Labour’s priorities for government be? In Norwich

University of East Anglia, Norwich, 7pm

  • Steve Van Riel Chapter author, The Purple Papers
  • Stella Creasy MP Shadow Home Office minister
  • Jess Asato PPC for Norwich North
  • Chair: Jane Basham Former PCC candidate for Suffolk


23 APRIL 2013: Opportunities cost: What price predistribution and industrial activism?

Portcullis House, London, 11am

  • Andrew Adonis Shadow infrastructure minister
  • Chris Leslie MP Chief financial secretary to the Treasury
  • Nicola Smith Head of economic and social affairs, TUC
  • Hopi Sen Joint author, ‘In the Black’ Labour
  • Chair: Seema Malhotra MP Chair, parliamentary Labour party business group

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Richard Angell

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