Progress annual conference 2017

Sunday 24

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 | Alison McGovern MP | Stephen Morgan MP | Jonny Reynolds MP | Wes Streeting MP |

More speakers to be announced

Chair: Peter Kyle MP Hove

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
12.45am, 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. 

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


Jonny 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 Jonny 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

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