Progress annual conference 2014 – Winning a mandate for change
10am-5pm, Saturday 31 May 2014
Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, 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.
10.00am – Introduction
Stephen Twigg MP Honorary president, Progress
10.15am – Opening plenary session
Preparing to govern: Can Labour win a mandate for change?
Caroline Flint MP Shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change
Peter Kellner President, YouGov
Owen Jones Columnist, the Guardian
Atul Hatwal Editor, Labour Uncut
Chair: John Woodcock MP Chair, Progress
11.15am – Morning breakout sessions
Back to Beveridge: What is Labour’s recipe for making work pay?
Frank Field MP Chair, Independent review into poverty and life chances
Graeme Cooke IPPR Research director, IPPR
Robin Wales Mayor, Newham
Sue Marsh LabourList
Chair: Rachel Hodson Progress strategy board
More for less: What is Labour’s vision for public services under austerity?
Stewart Wood Shadow minister without portfolio
Nita Clarke Director, IPA
Patrick Diamond Queen Mary University
Sunny Hundal LabourList columnist
Chair: Florence Nosegbe Progress strategy board
Tough choices: How will Labour balance the books?
Chris Leslie MP Shadow chief secretary to the treasury
Claire Kober Leader, Haringey council
Emran Mian Director, Social Market Foundation
John Mills Chairman, John Mills Limited
Cat Hobbs Director, We Own It
Chair: Wes Streeting Parliamentary candidate for Ilford North
Engines of growth: What is Labour’s vision for Britain’s cities?
Andrew Adonis Chair, Labour party growth review
Alexandra Jones Chief executive, Centre for Cities
Tony Travers Department of government, London School of Economics
Paul Brant Former deputy mayor, Liverpool city council
Chair: Sophy Gardner Parliamentary candidate for Gloucester
Tackling vested interests: How can Labour create an economy that works for working people?
Liam Byrne MP Shadow minister for universities, science and skills
Maurice Glasman London Metropolitan university
Roy Rickhuss General secretary, Community
Kitty Ussher Economist
Chair: Oona King Progress strategy board
12.30pm – Lunch break
1.30pm – Keynote plenary session
Chuka Umunna MP Shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills
In conversation with: Jacqui Smith Former home secretary
2.30pm – Afternoon breakout sessions
Time heals: Can we close the divide on the centre-left?
Maria Eagle MP Shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs
Darren Hughes Deputy chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society and former New Zealand Labour minister
Alison Goldsworthy Deputy chair, Liberal Democrat federal executive
Jeremy Cliffe UK politics correspondent, the Economist
Chair: Andrew Pakes Parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South
All in this together: What is the electoral coalition needed for a Labour victory?
Vernon Coaker MP Shadow secretary of state for defence
Margaret McDonagh Former general secretary, Labour party
Andrew Murray Chief of staff, Unite
Matthew Doyle Communications and strategy consultant
Lewis Baston Senior research fellow, Democratic Audit
Chair: Claire Reynolds Progress strategy board
Blueprint for a majority: What is the Tory plan to win in 2015?
Hilary Benn MP Shadow secretary of state for communities and local government
Deborah Mattinson Founder, BritainThinks
Tim Bale Queen Mary University
Jess Asato Parliamentary candidate for Norwich North
Ryan Shorthouse Director, Bright Blue
Chair: Joan Ryan Parliamentary candidate for Enfield North
Fighting talk: How does Labour combat the populist right?
Alison McGovern MP Shadow minister for international development
Pat McFadden MP Former minister of state for business
David Aaronovitch Columnist, the Times
Anthony Painter Director, Independent Review of the Police Federation
Matthew Goodwin Author, Revolt on the Right
Chair: Vijay Riyait Progress strategy board
4.00pm – Progress Question Time
Stella Creasy MP Shadow minister for competition and consumer affairs
Diane Abbott MP Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Charlie Falconer Former secretary of state for justice and lord chancellor
Phil Collins Columnist, the Times
Chair: Simon Fanshawe Writer and broadcaster
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