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Governing for Britain: Local answers to national questions conference

July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Governing Britain graphic As devolution policy gathers pace our AMs, civic leaders and councillors are becoming more important in shaping how Britain will be for generations to come. They are leading the way on the living wage, on childcare and building infrastructure and new homes to help their areas thrive. Their local leadership secures investment, growth and jobs.

This conference will bring together Labour’s governing politicians from across the country to discuss lessons we can learn from the places in which Labour holds executive office.

10am: Introduction
Alison McGovern 
Chair, Progress

10.10am: Learning lessons: What can local government teach the Labour party? 

Robin Wales Mayor of Newham
Simon Blackburn Leader, Blackpool
Lib Peck Leader, London borough of Lambeth
Alison McGovern MP Chair, Progress
Chair: Ayesha Hazarika Comedian and political commentator


Making investment work for communities: Where’s next for Britain’s cities?
Sue Murphy Deputy leader, Manchester city council
Peter John Leader, London borough of Southwark
James Murray Deputy mayor for housing, London
Richard Upton Deputy chief executive, U & I
Chair: Richard Angell Director, Progress

Techtastic: Are our towns and communities ready for the digital revolution?
Theo Blackwell Cabinet member for finance, technology and growth, Camden
Danny Thorpe Deputy leader, London borough of Greenwich
Kiran Ramchandani Portfolio holder, performance, corporate resources and customer Service, London borough of Harrow
Brendan O’Reilly Chief technical officer, 02
Chair: Peter Kyle MP Business, innovation and skills select committee

Caring for Britain: How can councils save our NHS?
Stephen Cowan Leader, London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Jonathan McShane Cabinet member for health, social care and culture,London borough of Hackney
Rory Palmer Deputy city mayor of Leicester
Chair: Ivana Bartoletti Vice-chair, Fabian Society
More speakers TBC

12.30pm: LUNCH BREAK

1.30pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool


What lessons can be learned from the May 2016 local campaign?
Jas Athwal Leader, London borough of Redbridge
Peter Lamb Leader, Crawley borough council
Joanne McCartney AM Deputy mayor of London
Hannah Blythyn AM Delyn
Chair: Paul Brant Councillor, Liverpool city council

Labour values in action: how can Labour prioritise spending during cuts?
Tom Beattie Leader, Corby borough council
Rachael Saunders Deputy mayor, London borough of Tower Hamlets
Rosie Denham Portfolio holder for economy and culture, Exeter city council
Chair: Alice Perry Local government representative, Labour’s National Executive Committee

Whitehall wipeout: How much more power needs to be taken from the centre?
Michael Payne Deputy leader, Gedling borough council
Emma Burnell Head of external affairs, New Local Government Network
Chair: Claire McCarthy General secretary, Co-operative party
More speakers TBC

3.45pm: BREAK

4pm: Progress Question Time

Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol
Sarah Hayward Leader, London borough of Camden
Richard Leese Leader, Manchester city council
Jeremy Miles AM Neath
Chair: Denise Scott-McDonald Cabinet member, culture, creative industries and community wellbeing, London borough of Greenwich

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July 9, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm




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Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, 108 Stamford Street, South Bank
London, SE1 9NH
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