Progress political weekend

Each year Progress organises a political weekend full of workshops, seminars and plenaries with Labour’s front bench and leading progressive thinkers. Held at the NUT’s Stoke Rochford Hall, the event has become a regular feature in the Labour political calendar.

Progress political weekend 2016

Join us to debate the future of the Labour party and the renewal of centre-left Labour politics

12-13 March 2016Progress Political Weekend 2016
Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham

All tickets include meals and accommodation

£175 per person for Progress members
£300 for couples’ tickets
£90 for day tickets

Join us to debate the future of the Labour party and the renewal of the centre-left at Progress political weekend 2016.  If you are a member email anna@progressonline.org.uk who can provide further details about how to get your ticket.

There are 35 bursaries available to Progress members, at least half of which will be reserved for women.

New bursaries for women

We are pleased to announce that there are 12 new bursaries available to women who would like to attend Progress political weekend 2016

If you wish to be considered for a bursary – a reduction of £175 to just £50 – please email 550 words to us by 5pm on Thursday 21 January 2016 on:

‘Moderate and modernising members are leaving the Labour party, feeling they no longer belong. Write a letter to a friend in the Labour party who is considering leaving arguing why they should stay in the party we love.’

Please email entries to anna[at]progressonline.org.uk

Conditions of booking: Fees for Progress’ political weekend 2016 must be paid by 12pm on Friday 11 March 2016; if payment is not received by this date Progress cannot guarantee your place at the weekend. We cannot be held responsible for the non-arrival of information regarding the event. We regret that no refunds can be made after Friday 28 February. Refunds cannot be given for a failure to attend the conference. The booking form constitutes a legally binding agreement. Progress reserves the right to change the schedule, the venue, or the speakers, and reserves the right to decline booking applications. No refunds will be provided by Progress in the event of cancellation due to reasons beyond our control. Progress political weekend is only open to Progress members. All members of Progress are members of the Labour party. Existing Progress members will recieve priority booking.

Progress political weekend 2014

Workshops and seminars looking at how Labour can win a working majority in 2015

15-16 March 2014Progress political weekend 2012
Stoke Rochford Hall, near Grantham

All tickets include meals and accommodation
£175 per person for Progress members
£300 for couples’ tickets
£90 for day tickets

Progress political weekend focuses on the challenge of building a working Labour majority in 2015 and the choices a Labour government would face in 2015.

Drawing on the debates launched by The Campaign for a Labour Majority, it will be a weekend of discussion on how Labour  can win a majority in 2015 and prepare the ground for a progressive and radical government. There will be two days of workshops and events with fellow activists, senior Labour figures and campaigning experts, with an evening drinks reception and dinner.

AGENDA

– SATURDAY –

12.00 LUNCH

12.45 WELCOME SPEECH: Andrew Adonis Chair, Progress

13.15 OPENING PLENARY: Building a majority Britain: How do we win in 2015? (Storify)

Spencer Livermore Labour party general election campaign director
To reply: Zoe Tyndall BritainThinks
Sally Keeble PPC for Northampton North (Article)
Patrick Diamond Queen Mary University (Article)
Chair: Andrew Adonis Chair, Progress

14.30 BREAK

15.00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 Writing a speech Asher Dresner Former speechwriter for Ed Miliband
 How to get selected Richard Angell Deputy director, and Felicity Slater Membership and stakeholders officer, Progress
 Dealing with the media Lisa Tremble and Hannah Pawlby Former press SPADs to Labour cabinet members
 Labour history lecture Luke Akehurst Councillor, Hackney

16.30 BREAK

17.00 PLENARY: Changemakers: How do we transform our communities? (Storify)
Stella Creasy MP 
Shadow minister for competition and consumer affairs
Steve Reed Shadow minister for crime prevention
Introduced by: Bex BaileyArticle NEC youth rep ()

18.30 BREAK

19.30 RECEPTION: Kindly supported by the BVCA

20.30 DINNER

– SUNDAY –

FROM 07.30 BREAKFAST

09.00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 Writing a speech Asher Dresner Former speechwriter for Ed Miliband
 How to get selected Richard Angell Deputy director, and Felicity Slater Membership and stakeholders officer, Progress
 Dealing with the media Lisa Tremble and Hannah Pawlby Former press SPADs to Labour cabinet members
 Labour history lecture Luke Akehurst Councillor, Hackney

10.30 PLENARY: Winning a majority for change: What is Labour’s policy offer? (Storify)
Jon Cruddas Coordinator of Labour’s policy review
In conversation with: Jeremy Cliffe UK politics correspondent, The Economist

Review – James Gill

11.45 BREAK

12.00 CLOSING PLENARY: Road map to power: What are the challenges for the next 12 months? (Storify)
Caroline Flint 
Shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change (Full speech)
Chair: Simon Burns Public affairs manager, BVCA

12.55 Vote of thanks
Richard Angell 
Deputy director, Progress

13.00 CLOSE

Conditions of booking: Fees for Progress’  political weekend 2014 must be paid by 12pm on Friday 14 March 2014; if payment is not received by this date Progress cannot guarantee your place at the weekend. We cannot be held responsible for the non-arrival of information regarding the event. We regret that no refunds can be made after Friday 28 February. Refunds cannot be given for a failure to attend the conference. This booking form constitutes a legally binding agreement. Progress reserves the right to change the schedule, the venue, or the speakers, and reserves the right to decline booking applications. No refunds will be provided by Progress in the event of cancellation due to reasons beyond our control.


Progress political weekend 2013

At the 2013 political weekend, speakers included:

            • Andrew Adonis chair, Progress
            • Stephen Twigg MP shadow education secretaryThePurpleBook cover
            • Caroline Flint MP shadow energy secretary
            • Michael Dugher MP Labour party vice chair and shadow minister without portfolio
            • Angela Smith MP, shadow deputy leader of the commons
            • John Woodcock MP, member of parliament for Barrow and Furness
            • Joe Mann deputy general secretary, Community
            • Hopi Sen author, ‘In the Black’ Labour
            • Victoria Groulef PPC for Reading West
            • Jessica Asato, PPC for Norwich North
            • Steve Van Riel author, The Purple Papers and former Labour party director of policy and research
            • Cllr Paul Brant deputy leader, Liverpool council and Progress strategy board member
            • Peter Kellner, president, YouGov
            • Joe Steer research director, BVCA
            • Mandy Telford Progress strategy board

Articles from Progress political weekend 2013:


Progress political weekend 2012

At the 2012 political weekend, speakers included:

            • Andrew Adonis, chair, Progress
            • Liam Byrne MP, shadow work and pensions secretary
            • Patrick Diamond, senior research fellow, Policy Network
            • Peter Mandelson, former BIS secretary
            • Douglas Alexander MP, shadow foreign secretary
            • Graeme Cooke , IPPR
            • Gloria De Piero MP, shadow crime reduction minister
            • John Woodcock MP, shadow transport minister
            • Hopi Sen, blogger and contributing editor to Progress magazine
            • Phil Collins, Times columnist and Tony Blair’s former chief speechwriter.
            • Ivan Lewis MP, shadow international development secretary
            • Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Progress strategy board member

Articles from Progress political weekend 2012:


Progress political weekend 2011

In 2011, we heard from:

  • Caroline Flint MP
  • Jim Murphy MP
  • Stephen Twigg MP
  • Liam Byrne
  • Rachel Reeves MP
  • Andrew Adonis
  • Luke Akehurst
  • Douglas Alexander MP
  • Ellie Reeves
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