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Progress annual conference 2016: Straight-talking, honest politics

May 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Progress annual conference 2016

10am-5pm, Saturday 14 May 2016
TUC Congress Centre, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

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.

Full agenda: Progress annual conference 2016

10am: Introduction

Richard Angell Director, Progress

10.15am: The future of the centre-left: Where next for Labour?

Kezia Dugdale MSP Leader, Scottish Labour party
Alison McGovern MP Chair, Progress
Nick Forbes Leader, LGA Labour group and Newcastle city council
Chair: Richard Angell Director, Progress


Prosperity for all: Can Britain afford to leave Europe?
Seema Malhotra MP Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
Wes Streeting MP Member, Treasury select committee
John Park Assistant general secretary, Community
Andy Bagnall Director of campaigns, CBI
Chair: Ellie Reeves Vice-chair, National Executive Committee

Power in the world: Can Britain go it alone?
Catherine West MP Shadow minister for foreign and Commonwealth affairs
Mike Gapes MP Member, foreign affairs select committee
Seb Dance MEP London
Ruairi Quinn TD Former leader, Irish Labour party
Chair: Giampi Alhadeff Chair, Labour Movement for Europe

Security matters: Are British citizens safer in Europe?
Keir Starmer MP Shadow minister of state for immigration
Clive Lewis MP Shadow minister for energy and climate change
Claude Moraes MEP Chair, European parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee
Vera Baird Police and crime commissioner for Northumbria
Chair: Victoria Groulef Member, Progress strategy board

12.30pm: LUNCH BREAK

1.30pm: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party


Power behind the throne: Has Labour stalled on women?
Caroline Flint MP Don Valley
Dawn Butler MP Chair, women’s parliamentary Labour party
Bex Bailey Former youth representative, National Executive Committee
Emma Burnell Political blogger and campaigner
Chair: Mandy Telford Member, Progress strategy board

Reclaiming the north: How does Labour learn to speak for its heartlands again?
John Healey MP Shadow minister for housing
Jim McMahon MP Oldham West and Royton
Sue Murphy Deputy leader, Manchester city council
Nick Bent Former PPC for Warrington South
Sheila Murphy Campaign consultant
Chair: Conor Pope Senior reporter, LabourList

Taken for granted: Why is Labour losing BAME voters to the Tories?
David Lammy MP Tottenham
Ruth Smeeth MP Stoke-on-Trent North
Reema Patel Councillor, London borough of Barnet
Parmjit Dhanda Former member of parliament for Gloucester and author, My Political Race
Stephen Bush Special correspondent, New Statesman
Chair: Sanchia Alasia Councillor, Barking and Dagenham

2016 report: What can Labour learn from the May elections?
Emily Thornberry MP Shadow secretary of state for defence
Peter Kyle MP Hove
Jackie Baillie MSP Dumbarton
Tudor Evans Leader, Plymouth city council
Mary Wimbury Former Welsh assembly candidate for North Wales
Chair: Luke Akehurst Secretary, Labour First

Fit for purpose: How does Labour represent a multi-nation democracy?
Tristram Hunt MP Stoke-on-Trent Central
John Spellar MP Warley
Sarah Hayward Leader, London borough of Camden
Mari Williams Former parliamentary candidate for Cardiff North
Duncan Hothersall Editor, Labour Hame
Chair: Peter Edwards Editor, LabourList

3.45pm: BREAK

4pm: Progress Question Time

Hilary Benn MP Shadow foreign secretary
Liz Kendall MP Leicester West
Owen Jones Columnist, the Guardian
Ayesha Hazarika Broadcaster and comedian
Chair: Simon Fanshawe Broadcaster and writer

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May 14, 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm




TUC Congress Centre
TUC Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3LS
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