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Progress annual conference 2012: Winning the new centre-ground

May 12, 2012 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Saturday 12 May 2012 | 10:00 to 17:00

Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS

Progress annual conference 2012 is the biggest event in the Progress calendar.

Our conference brings together Labour members and trade unionists from across the country with senior politicians, union leaders, councillors and political commentators. Always radical and never shying away from the big issues, attendance is a must for anyone who wants to be at the cutting edge of progressive ideas in Britain.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘the new centre-ground’ as set out in Liam Byrne’s pamphlet published by Progress (and which can be found alongside other Progress pamphlets here).

Andrew Adonis, chair, Progress

Opening plenary

Is there a new centre-ground – how does Labour win it?
Liam Byrne MP, shadow work and pensions secretary; Phil Collins, columnist, The Times and former chief speechwriter to the prime minister; Peter Kellner, president, YouGov; Mary Riddell, columnist, The Daily Telegraph Chair: Andrew Adonis, chair, Progress

Morning breakout session

Value for money: How should progressives reform the public sector?
Stephen Twigg MP, shadow education secretary; Liz Kendall MP, shadow minister for care and older people; Andrew Harrop, general secretary, Fabian Society; Hopi Sen, Labour blogger Chair: Anna Turley, Progressive Localism

Economic credibility: Are we all fiscal conservatives now?
Chris Leslie MP, shadow city minister; Meg Hillier MP, public accounts select committee; Anthony Painter, author and critic; Richard Exell, TUC Chair: Siobhain McDonagh MP

Restoring the contributory principle: Whither equality?
Stephen Timms MP, shadow employment minister;  James Purnell, former work and pensions secretary; Alison Garnham, chief executive, Child Poverty Action Group; Maurice Glasman, academic and Labour peer Chair: Kezia Dugdale MSP

Sustainable growth: How should progressives reform the private sector?
Toby Perkins MP, shadow small business minister; Tim Hames, BVCA; Kitty Ussher, associate fellow, Smith Institute Chair: Seema Malhotra MP

The role of government: Is the era of the big state dead?
Ivan Lewis MP, shadow secretary international development secretary; Cllr Steve Reed, leader, Lambeth council; Paul Richards, author and Progress columnist; David Walker, contributing editor, Guardian Public Chair: Nathan Yeowell, LGA Labour Group

12.30pm Lunch

Keynote speech Ed Miliband MP
Alison McGovern MP

Audience Q & A with Ed Miliband

Afternoon breakout sessions

After 3 May: Where next for Labour in London?
David Lammy MP; Lewis Baston, Democratic Audit; Cllr Alison Moore, leader, Barnet Labour group; Cllr Wes Streeting, Redbridge council Chair: Caroline Crampton, Total Politics

From Hollande to Obama: Towards a social democratic recovery?
Douglas Alexander MP, shadow foreign secretary; Denis MacShane MP; Matt Browne, visiting fellow, Centre for American Progress; Axelle Lemaire, Parti Socialiste candidate, Northern Europe Chair: Claude Moraes MEP

Chronic discomfort: Where is the southern revival?
John Denham MP, PPS to Ed Miliband; Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader, Stevenage borough council; Joan Ryan, former MP, Enfield North; Bobby Duffy, Ipsos MORI Chair: Stuart King, Souther Front

Three years to go: What will the electoral landscape be in 2015?
Mary Creagh MP, shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary; Andrew Adonis, chair, Progress; Steve Van Riel, political consultant and former head of policy at the Labour party; Paul Hunter, Smith Institute Chair: Joy Squires, PPC for Worcester

Labour and the unions: What should a modernized link look like?
John Hannett, general secretary, Usdaw; Nita Clarke, IPA; Phil Collins, columnist, The Times and former chief speechwriter to the prime minister Chair: Jenny Simms, Unions21

3.45pm Break

Closing Plenary – Progress QT
Caroline Flint MP, shadow energy and climate change secretary; Chuka Umunna MP, shadow BIS secretary ; David Aaronovitch, author and columnist, The Times; ; Jacqui Smith, former home secretary Chair: Simon Fanshawe

5pm Close

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May 12, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Congress Centre
28 Great Russell Street ,
London, WC1B 3LS United Kingdom

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