New centre-ground events series

The theme of this quarter’s Progress events and this year’s political weekend and annual 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).

Come and join the debate on how Labour wins the new centre ground:

A new welfare state: Putting work at the heart of welfare

6pm Tuesday 27 March, Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

With Stephen Timms MP, shadow employment minister; James Purnell, former secretary of state for work and pensions; Prof Ruth Lister, emeritus professor of social policy, Loughborough University; Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association; Angela Smith MP (chair) Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Exeter: 7pm Thursday 29 March

With John Denham MP, PPS to Ed Miliband MP; Steve Van Riel, political analyst; Steve Race, Young Fabians; Cllr Jude Robinson (c) Camborne North. Sign up for this event here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Manchester: 7pm Thursday 12 April

With Andy Burnham MP, shadow secretary of state for health; David Blunkett MP, former home secretary; Stave Van Riel, political analyst; Alison McGovern MP, Wirral South Ruth Smeeth (c) NEC candidate. Sign up for this event here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Liverpool: 7pm Thursday 19 April

With Luciana Berger MP, shadow environment and climate change team; Hazel Blears MP, former communities and local government secretary; Lewis Baston, Democratic Audit; Ruth Smeeth (c) NEC candidate. Sign up for this event here


Progress annual conference: Winning the new centre ground

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. Sign up here.


Previous events in the new centre-group series include:

A new fiscal realism: How does Labour solve its credibility problem?

6pm Monday 6 February, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

With Rachel Reeves MP, shadow chief secretary to the treasury; David Coats, director of WorkMatters; Anthony Painter, author and critic; Steve Van Riel, former Labour party director of policy and research; Ruth Smeeth (Chair) NEC candidate – Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Sunderland: 7pm Thursday 9 February

With Hilary Benn MP, shadow secretary of state for communities and local government; Phil Wilson MP, Sedgefield; Dr Thom Brooks, political author and lecturer, Newcastle University; Julie Elliott MP (chair) Sign up here

Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Cardiff: 12.30pm Sunday 19 February

With Peter Hain MP, shadow secretary of state for Wales; Lewis Baston, Democratic Audit; Jeremy Miles, Bevan Foundation; Melanie Smallman, SERA; Anthony Hunt (chair) Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Cambridge: 7pm Thursday 23 February

With Sadiq Khan MP, shadow secretary of state for justice; Graeme Cooke, IPPR; Sally Keeble, former MP, Northampton North; Cllr Tariq Sadiq – Cambridgshire Council Labour group leader (chair) Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Sheffield: 7pm Thursday 23 February

With John Healey MP, former shadow secretary of state for health; Lewis Baston, Democratic Audit; Angela Smith MP, Penistone and Stocksbridge; Nic Dakin MP – Scunthorpe; Barry Sheerman MP, Huddersfield (chair) Sign up here


A new economy: Do we need it and what would it look like?

6pm Tuesday 28 February, Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

With Chuka Umunna MP, shadow secretary of state for business, innovation and skills; Stewart Wood, shadow minister without portfolio; Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the public accounts committe; Neal Lawson, chair of Compass; Jonathan Portes, director National Institute of Economic and Social Research; Seema Malhotra MP (chair) – Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Birmingham: 7pm Thursday 1 March

With Liam Byrne MP, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions; Graeme Cooke, IPPR; Gisela Stuart MP, Birmingham Edgbaston; Rebecca Blake, PPC for Redditch in 2010 (chair) Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Nottingham: 7pm Friday 2 March

With Vernon Coaker MP, shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland; Jacqui Smith, former home secretary;Caroline Badley, campaign manager – Birmingham Edgbaston; Cllr Flo Nosegbe - Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Olympic Games (chair) Sign up here


A new public realm: How should progressives reform the public sector?

6pm Tuesday 13 March, Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

With Andy Burnham MP, shadow secretary of state for health; Andrew Adonis, former schools minister; Ben Lucas, director, 2020 Public Services Trust; Prof Cathy Warwick, general secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, Cllr Florence Nosegbe (chair) Sign up here


Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Slough: 7.30pm Thursday 15 March

With Caroline Flint MP, shadow energy and climate change secretary; John Woodcoc MP, shadow transport secretary; Patrick Diamond, Policy Network; Fiona MacTaggart MP, Slough; Luke Akehurst, NEC (chair) Sign up here

Progress political weekend: FULL

17/18 March 2012, Stocke Rochford, near Grantham
£150 per person for Progress members

Andrew Adonis; Douglas Alexander MP; Liam Byrne MP, Graeme Cooke , IPPR; Ivan Lewis MP, Liz Kendall MP,Rachel Reeves MP and Ben Shimshon, director, BritainThinks. Email to be added the waiting list

Britain 2015: Is there a new centre ground and how does Labour capture it?

Rochester: 6.30pm Thursday 22 March

With Liam Byrne MP, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions; Anna Turley, editor, ProgLoc; Joanne Milligan (c) NEC candidate. Sign up for this event here

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