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Progress at Labour party conference 2017

Sunday 24

Progress training: Dealing with the media – Paul Richards
24 September, 12.45pm, Sunday 24 September
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street Brighton BN1 1AF

In a 24-hour media cycle – with social media playing a more active role in our politics – knowing how to deal with the media is integral to success in politics. Paul Richards – former Labour adviser and author of ‘How to Be a Spin Doctor’ – will be leading a training session to equip Progress members with the skills they need to get ahead.

Please contact if you are interested in attending

Progress rally

6pm, Sunday 24 September 2017

The Progress rally is one of the major fixtures of the Labour party conference calendar and had over 800 people in attendance last year.

Speakers include:

Richard Angell Director, Progress | Jackie Bailie MSP | Chris Bryant MP | Clare Coghill Leader, London borough of Waltham Forest | Stella Creasy MP | Caroline Flint MP | Ayesha Hazarika Broadcaster and comedian | John Hannett General secretary, Usdaw | Samantha Jury-Dada Councillor, London borough of Southwark | Alison McGovern MP | Stephen Morgan MP | Jonny Reynolds MP | Wes Streeting MP |

More speakers to be announced

Chair: Peter Kyle MP Hove

Progress reception in partnership with ACCA
8pm, 24 September 2017
British Airways i360, Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN

Progress and Labour in the City are pleased to host an evening reception at this year’s Labour party conference in Brighton. This event is kindly being sponsored by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

The reception attracts over 300 councillors, MPs and Progress members every year and has become one of the key events of the Sunday evening of conference. To mark our 21st year the reception will be particularly special as we host it in the iconic British Airways i360 in Brighton.

Alison McGovern MP Chair, Progress
Barry Gardiner MP Shadow secretary of state for international trade
Chuka Ummuna MP Chair, All-party parliamentary group on social integration
Helen Brand OBE, CEO, ACCA

This reception is for invited guests and Progress members only. If you would like to enquire about attending please email

This event is a Progress fringe event at Labour party conference 2017 and it will take place outside of the secure zone.

Monday 25

Engineering Brexit: What does Britain’s manufacturing sector need from Brexit
8am, Monday 25 September 2017
Hotel Du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD


Hilary Benn MP Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union
Terry Scuoler Chief executive, EEF
Chair: Clare Moody MEP

With Brexit negotiations currently taking place, the effect on our manufacturing sector has become a critical issue. This conversation roundtable will be discussing what the impact is likely to be and how the Labour party can help our manufacturing industry grow.

Learning lessons: Thirty years on, what can the story of
East London teach us about encouraging trade and
regeneration in our communities
12.45pm, Monday 25 September 2017
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF


Wes Streeting MP Ilford North
Sir Robin Wales Mayor, London borough of Newham
Denise Hyland Leader, London borough of Greenwich
Liam McKay London City Airport
Chair: Rosamund Urwin Senior feature writer, Evening Standard

This event will look at the success of the east London economy over the last 30 years and will debate the impact of the vital transport networks like City Airport has had on its growth, what lessons can be learned from the regeneration and what support the area requires to continue to thrive, including infrastructure, education or skills, in the years ahead. 

Progress selections training – with Richard Angell
2.30pm, Monday 25 September
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF

Preparing for parliamentary selections can be daunting, difficult and time consuming, but with good preparation, the barriers which may prevent Labour members from representing the Labour party at the next election are not insurmountable.

Progress has therefore developed a workshop for those who are interested in getting selected. The workshop will go through planning your campaign, considering your message and organising your campaign team. It will be led by Richard Angell. Richard is director of Progress and a former chair of Young Labour. He helped with successful selection campaigns for a number of people across the country.

All Progress members are welcome but you must have been a member on the day that the training session was announced. Members who are in arrears must be paid up by the day of the event.

Please contact if you are interested in attending

Progress training: How to write a speech – with Richard Angell
4pm, Monday 25 September
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF

This session is an opportunity to learn tips and tricks for writing and delivering an excellent speech confidently. With focus on both content and delivery, this session is open for complete novices to experienced members looking to improve their public speaking.

Please contact if you are interested in attending

Building bridges: How do we create a cohesive society in a divided time?
6pm, Monday 25 September 2017
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF


Chuka Umunna MP Chair, All-party parliamentary group on social integration
Georgia Gould Leader, London borough of Camden
Tracy Brabin MP Shadow minister for education
Michael Lynas Chief executive, National Citizen Service (NCS)
Chair: Ayesha Hazarika Broadcaster and comedian

With the last 12 months in British society being particularly volatile this discussion will look at the importance of improving social cohesion and the success groups like the NCS and others have had in strengthening our communities.

The changing world of work: How do we make sure modern
employment practices benefit all involved?
7.30pm, Monday 25 September 2017
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF


Simon McVicker Director of policy, IPSE
Peter Dowd MP Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
Nita Clarke Director, Involvement and Participation Association (IPA)
Nigel Meager Centre for Research on Self-Employment
Liam Byrne MP Shadow minister for digital
Chair: Hamish Sandison Chair, Labour Business

This event will look at how rapidly changing employment practices and technological advances are affecting many freelancers and the self-employed in particular. In addition, there will be a debate on what the best approach is to ensure being self-employed is still a sector that can continues to thrive while rights for workers are better protected.

Tuesday 26

Open access: How do we maintain quality in key professions?
8am, Tuesday 26 September 2017
Hotel Du Vin, 2 Ship Street, BN1 1AD


Nick Thomas Symonds MP Shadow solicitor general
Seema Malhotra MP Britain exiting the European Union select committee
Peter John Leader, London borough of Southwark
Crispin Passmore Executive director, Solicitors Regulation Authority
Chair: Kate O’Rourke Chair, Labour Lawyers

With professions having to respond to new business models, markets and technologies, the pressure to maintain high standards continues. This event organised by Progress in association with the SRA, who have been developing a proposal for a new Solicitors Qualifying Exam, will focus on how we ensure those coming into the legal and other professions through new routes such as apprenticeships are welcomed and supported while our world-renowned standards do not slip.

Brexit and the city: How would Labour help support financial services as we exit the European Union?
12.45pm, Tuesday 26 September
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, BN1 1AF


Jonathan Reynolds MP Shadow economic secretary
Chair: Tom Frackowiak Executive director, Cicero Group

With Brexit negotiations currently underway, the potential impact on our financial services has become a critical issue. This panel discussion between Jonathan Reynolds MP and the chief executive of Cicero Group, Tom Frackowiak, will consider what the impact is likely to be and how the Labour party can help to maintain a healthy and thriving financial sector over the coming years.


Wednesday 27

An advert for Brexit: What are the implications of leaving the EU for the advertising industry? 
8am, Wednesday 27 September 2017
Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD

Seema Malhotra MP 
Chris Matheson MP
Chi Onwurah MP Shadow minister of state for the industrial strategy
James Murphy Co-founder and chief executive, adam&eveDDB
Chair: Fiona Twycross AM

This event is in partnership with the Advertising Association

This event is invitation-only. To request an invitation, please contact:

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