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Progress annual conference 2013

May 11, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Saturday 11 May 2013 | 10:00 to 17:00 Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3LS

Keynote speaker: Ed Miliband MP

Progress annual conference 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.

Building Majority Britain
Progress annual conference 2013

Andrew Adonis

Opening plenary
How does Labour win a majority?
Harriet Harman MP, deputy leader of the Labour party and shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport
Philip Collins, columnist and chief leader writer, the Times
Peter Kellner, president, YouGov
Andrew Harrop, general secretary, Fabian Society
Chair: Andrew Adonis, chair, Progress

Morning breakout sessions
Economic competence: Have we earned the public’s trust?
John Eatwell, Labour House of Lords spokesperson for Treasury and economic affairs
Margaret Hodge MP, chair, public accounts committee
Nick Pearce, director, IPPR
Ann Pettifor, fellow, new economics foundation
Jonathan Portes, director, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Chair: Tristan Osborne, PPC for Chatham and Aylesford

More for less: Does Labour need a public service reform agenda?
Tristram Hunt MP, shadow education minister
Steve Reed MP, Croydon North and former leader of Lambeth council
Mary Bousted, general secretary, ATL
Maurice Glasman, Labour peer
Jeremy Cliffe, Britain political correspondent, The Economist
Chair: Kate Godfrey, PPC for Stafford

Osborne’s not working: How do we get Britain back to work?
Chuka Umunna MP, shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills
Graeme Cooke, research director, IPPR
Nick Forbes, leader, Newcastle city council
Alison Garnham, chief executive, Child Poverty Action Group
John Hannett, general secretary, Usdaw
Chair: Seema Malhotra MP

A new welfare state: How do we provide for Britain’s care needs?
Liz Kendall MP, shadow minister for care and older people
Sharon Hodgson MP, shadow childcare minister
Patrick Diamond, senior research fellow, Policy Network
Linda Thomas, LGA Labour group lead on community and wellbeing
Chair: Jon Wheale, PPC for Burton

One Nation understood: What’s the substance behind the slogan?
Ivan Lewis MP, shadow secretary of state for international development
Rafael Behr, political editor, New Statesman
Rowenna Davis, author, ‘Tangled up in Blue’
Peter Watt, former general secretary, Labour party
Chair: Alison McGovern MP


Keynote speech
Ed Miliband MP
Chair: Victoria Groulef, PPC for Reading West

Afternoon breakout sessions
Class act: How do we get a parliament that looks more like Britain?
Michael Meacher MP, Oldham West and Royton
Oona King, Labour peer and Progress strategy board member
Steve Hart, political director, Unite
Kirsty McNeill, former Downing Street adviser and PPC
Sadie Smith, blogger
Chair: Matthew Turmaine, PPC for Watford

Friend or foe: Is pluralism on the left dead?
John Denham MP, chair, southern taskforce
John Spellar MP, shadow foreign office minister
Simon Hughes MP, deputy leader, Liberal Democrats
Mary Riddell, columnist, The Daily Telegraph
Chair: Andrew Pakes, PPC for Milton Keynes South

Blue to red: Can Labour win without Tory switchers?
Mary Creagh MP, shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs
Lewis Baston, political analyst and writer
Andrew Gimson, contributing editor, ConservativeHome
Owen Jones, columnist, the Independent
Chair: Hopi Sen, Progress strategy board member

Doorstep challenge: Can we win on crime and immigration?
Gloria De Piero MP, shadow home office minister
David Goodhart, director, Demos and author of ‘The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration’
Neal Lawson, chair, Compass
Zoe Tyndall, BritainThinks
Jacqui Smith, former home secretary
Chair: Matt Forde, comedian and talkSPORT presenter

One Nation appeal: How can we win across Britain?
Stephen Doughty MP, Cardiff South and Penarth
Alison McGovern MP, Wirral West
Jessica Asato, PPC for Norwich North
Greg Cook, head of strategy, Labour party
Chair: Clair Hawkins, PPC for Dover


Closing plenary
Progress Question Time
Stephen Twigg MP, shadow secretary of state for education
Oona King, Labour peer and Progress strategy board member
Peter Mandelson, former first secretary of state~
David Aaronovitch, author and columnist, The Times
Chair: Simon Fanshawe, writer and broadcaster


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May 11, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Congress Centre
28 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B United Kingdom

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