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Progress at Labour party conference 2016

Sunday 25 September

In Conversation with Angela Eagle MP: How will Labour work with business to deliver a new economy?
Sunday 25 September, 12.45-2pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

Join Angela Eagle MP in conversation with Tim Hames, Director General of BVCA, to outline how Labour will deliverer a fairer economy for all while improving our image with the business community.

This event is in partnership with the BVCA.

Progress Rally
6pm, Sunday 25 September 2016
Pan Am, Albert Dock, Britannia Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AD

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:

Bex Bailey Former NEC youth representative | Ben Bradshaw MPHilary Benn MP | Kezia Dugdale MSP | Caroline Flint MP | John Hannett General secretary, Usdaw | Sarah Hayward, Leader, London borough of Camden | Tristram Hunt MP Liz Kendall MP | Alison McGovern MP | John Park Deputy general secretary, Community Union | Jonathan Reynolds MP | Wes Streeting MP | Robbie Young VP Society and Citizenship, NUS

Chair: Peter Kyle MP Hove

Progress reception
8pm, 25 September 2016, Liverpool Comedy Club, Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

Progress and Labour in the City are pleased to host an evening reception at this year’s Labour party conference in Liverpool

This event is kindly being sponsored by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

The Progress reception has become a key event at Labour party conference, with over 300 guests attending last year. The venue is within five minutes’ walk of the secure zone and free refreshments will be provided.

Alison McGovern MP Chair, Progress | Seema Malhotra MP Feltham and Heston| Rajesh Agrawal Deputy mayor of London

Monday 26 September

Protecting the frontline: How do we save pharmacies in our local communities?
8am, Monday 26 September
Vinea, Unit B7, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD

Karin Smyth MP | Jonathan McShane, cabinet member, London borough of Hackney | Mark Burdon, PSNC Cumbria and North East regional representative

This event is in association with the PSNC.

This event is a private roundtable. If you would like to attend please email

Building the new economy: How can Labour position itself for the fourth industrial revolution?
Monday 26 September, 12.45-2pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

This event will discuss how with Britain’s economy rapidly changing in an increasingly globalised world Labour can best position itself to represent those who may be adversely affected by the new economic landscape as well as helping to promote the growth in the economy that is needed.

This event is in partnership with EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.


Rachel Reeves MP Leeds West | Peter Kyle MP Hove | Terry Scuoler Chief executive, EEF | Owen Jones Columnist, the Guardian

Chair: Nita Clarke Director, the IPA

Changing perceptions: How does Labour become the party of micro-businesses and the self-employed?
Monday 26 September, 6-7.15pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

This panel discussion will discuss the perception that Labour is not the party for small businesses and self-employed people, the reasons behind this perception and how Labour can cater its message to show how it would be able to support microbusinesses

This event is in partnership with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed


Seema Malhotra MP Feltham and Heston | Jamie Reed MP Copeland | Stephen Kinnock MP Aberavon | Simon McVicker Director of policy, IPSE | John Park Assistant general secretary, Community |

Chair: Sarah Hayward Leader, London borough of Camden

All grown up: How do we best support our young people for the world of work outside the classroom?
Monday 26 September, 7.30-8.45pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

Taking part in the National Citizen Service helps our young people prepare for life outside the classroom. Three in every four young people who take part in NCS say they feel more confident about getting a job after they take part. The panel will discuss this as well as what other skills and support our young people need to thrive.

This event is in partnership with NCS, National Citizen Service. 


Lucy Powell MP Manchester Central | Wes Streeting MP Ilford North | Michael Lynas Chief executive, NCS Trust | Jermain Jackman Entertainer and NCS ambassador

Chair: Amina Lone Co-director, Social Action and Research Foundation


Tuesday 27 September

Changing times, changing markets: How do regulators build trust and ensure standards in professional services?
Tuesday 27 September, 8am, Vinea, Unit B7, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD

In a world built on international trade and finance, trust between regulators and those in the services industry is paramount. This event will be a wide-ranging debate centered on what Labour can do to help foster mutual trust between the regulators and the regulated and how Labour in government can make sure that relationship works in the interests of the British public.

This event is in partnership with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 


Jonathan Reynolds MP Stalybridge and Hyde | Chris Elmore MP Ogmore | Lucy Anderson MEP London | Kate O’Rourke Chair, Society of Labour lawyers | Crispin Passmore Executive director of policy, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Passionate and principled: How do we reenergise progressive centre ground politics?
Tuesday 27 September, 12.45-2pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

Centre left politics has been under intense pressure over the last 12 months, and the threat of Labour not being in a position to offer a credible alternative to the Conservatives when the election is announced is very real. This discussion will look at how we can best turn our politics and our party’s fortune around.

This event is a Progress fringe event at Labour party conference 2016. This event will take place outside of the secure zone. For any further questions, contact


Caroline Flint MP Don Valley | Chris Bryant MP Rhondda | Jackie Baillie MSP Dumbarton | Richard Angell Director, Progress

Chair: Marie Le Conte Media and politics reporter, BuzzFeed

Phoenix from the ashes: How do we create a new social chapter post-Brexit?  
Tuesday 27 September, 6-7.15pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF

This event will discuss how a new social chapter can be developed to adapt to a labour force that has changed since the 1990’s, and to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Flexible and remote working has exponentially increased and this poses challenges as well as opportunities for EU workers. Yet Brexit means uncertainty for British workers abroad who have chosen to take advantage of flexible working and free movement. A new social chapter to protect workers rights at home, and for our citizens abroad, and a new way of looking at employer- employee relations, is needed.

This event is in partnership with the IPA, the Involvement and Participation Association. 


Emma Reynolds MP Wolverhampton North East | Maurice Glasman Labour peer | Gerry Morrissey General secretary, Bectu | Nita Clarke Director, the IPA

Chair: Clare Moody MEP South West and Gibraltar

Post pink bus politics: How does Labour speak to women again?
Tuesday 27 September, 7.30-8.45pm, Comedy Central, 17 Edward Pavilion, Liverpool L3 4AF

With the Labour party failing to elect or subsequently select any women to any of the top posts within the Labour party, and the current shadow cabinet not being gender balanced many feel we can no longer be seen as the party for women. This panel will discuss if this is the case and how we change this impression.


Alison McGovern MP Chair, Progress | Thangam Debbonaire MP Bristol West | Emma Burnell National committee member, Labour Women’s Network | Ayesha Hazarika Comedian and former SpAd to Harriet Harman

Chair: Bex Bailey Former NEC youth rep

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