Progress political weekend
Workshops and seminars for Labour members to discuss the real choices for Labour that will deliver real change for Britain
With the midterm point of this parliament now passed, the Progress Political Weekend focuses on the challenges and choices a Labour government elected in 2015 would face.
Drawing on the debates launched by The Purple Papers, it will be a weekend of discussion on how Labour prepares the ground now for a progressive and radical government in 2015. There will also be training and workshops to enable you to play your part in ensuring a Labour victory next time.
From Friday 18 January, we are able to offer 10 more bursaries, with at least 5 for women, in addition to the 30 awarded at the end of 2012. The bursaries reduce the cost of a place at the weekend from £175 to £50, a reduction of £125. These places are designed to make sure that the weekend is accessible to as wide a group of Progress members as possible. To apply for a bursary, send a 550-word essay responding to the title:
What are the challenges an incoming Labour government will face in 2015 and what choices will it have to make?
to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm on Friday 15 February 2013:
In order to make these places as affordable as possible, we ask that bursary recipients be willing to share a twin room with another bursary recipient of the same gender if required.
To apply for a non-bursary place at the weekend, please email email@example.com to express your interest.
PROGRESS POLITICAL WEEKEND 2013: AGENDA
- SATURDAY –
12.45 WELCOME SPEECH: Andrew Adonis chair, Progress
13.00 OPENING PLENARY: Two years to 2015: where is Labour at? Michael Dugher MP Labour party vice chair and shadow minister without portfolio
Followed by panel discussion with Joe Mann deputy general secretary, Community; Hopi Sen author, ‘In the Black’ Labour; Victoria Groulef PPC for Reading West. Chair: Andrew Adonis
15.00 PLENARY: Real change for Britain: What are the long-term challenges facing the next Labour government? Caroline Flint MP shadow energy secretary; 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. Chair: Jessica Asato, PPC for Norwich North
17.00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS
- Writing a speech Kirsty McNeill, former speechwriter for Gordon Brown
- How to get selected Richard Angell, Progress deputy director
- How to be an effective councillor Wes Streeting
- Dealing with the media: Tom Price, former Labour special adviser
19.30 RECEPTION: Hosted by John Woodcock MP and kindly supported by the BVCA
- SUNDAY -
FROM 07.30 BREAKFAST
09.00 BREAKOUT SESSIONS [As above]
10.30 PLENARY: Dragon’s Den Switch spending: How do we pay for our progressive agenda?
Angela Smith MP, shadow deputy leader of the commons; Peter Kellner, president, YouGov; Joe Steer research director, BVCA. Chair: Mandy Telford Progress strategy board
12.00 CLOSING PLENARY: Stephen Twigg MP shadow education secretary. Chair: Mandy Telford Progress strategy board
The historical ‘Progress tradition’ – John Blake
Fiscal credibility is essential – Jeremy Miles
The ‘Teflon Dave’ danger – Alex White
Living in the future – Wes Streeting
Working with the media – Melanie Ward
Building the centre-ground – Bex Bailey
Writing a speech – Chris Calland
PROGRESS POLITICAL WEEKEND 2012: AGENDA
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
In 2011, we heard from:
Stephen Twigg MP
Rachel Reeves MP
Douglas Alexander MP