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Party Conferences 2019

Policy@Manchester will be hosting a number of expert panels at Labour and Conservative Party Conferences

This year, we will return to Labour and Conservative Party Conferences, offering expertise and evidence on pressing policy topics.

Over the course of both conferences we will host eight open panel discussions. All events will be located outside the conference secure zones, so everybody is welcome to come and take part in what will no doubt be a series of lively debates.

We will be updating this page with further information as more speakers are confirmed; please check regularly to stay up to date with our conference agenda. 

Labour Party Conference

21–25 September 2019 - Brighton

Can we solve the mental health crisis in school hours?

Can we solve the mental health crisis in school hours?

More than eight out of ten teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years. According to the LGA, there are more than 560 child mental health cases every day. And many are warning of a mental health crisis. The Government has said it plans to incentivise and support schools and colleges to identify and train a designated senior lead for mental health. But what is the role of schools and can they solve the crisis?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 09.00-10.00
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel - Coast Room 1

Confirmed panellists

  • Jessica Deighton, Director of Innovation Evaluation and Dissemination, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
  • Neil Humphrey, Professor of Psychology of Education, The University of Manchester
  • Judy Shaw, National President, NAHT 

Are cities the new front line in combatting climate change?

Are cities the new front line in combatting climate change?

An increasing number of cities and regions are declaring climate emergencies and adopting ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. But is enough being done to support these local actions on the national scale? Can devolution and the activities in cities like Manchester help meet our national 2050 net zero target?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 10.30-11.30
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel - Coast Room 1

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
  • Matthew Fell, UK Chief Policy Officer, Confederation of British Industry
  • Dr Sarah Mander, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
  • Alasdair Roxburgh, Director of Communities and Networks, Friends of the Earth

Getting gender on the agenda: How is devolution turbo-charging gender equality?

Getting gender on the agenda: How is devolution turbo-charging gender equality? 

Devolution opens opportunities for metro mayors and combined authorities to achieve economic and social improvements for their communities and to address gender inequalities. How can we increase diversity within devolved policymaking decisions and get gender on the agenda?

Tuesday, 24 September, 12.00 – 13.00
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel – Coast Room 1

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society
  • Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy, The University of Manchester
  • Donna Hall, Chair of the New Local Government Network

Why Labour has nothing to fear from embracing free movement

Why Labour has nothing to fear from embracing free movement 

In partnership with the Social Market Foundation

Tuesday, 24 September, 13.00 – 14.00
Brighton Harbour Hotel – Marine Room

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation
  • Jason Beattie, Head of Politics at the Daily Mirror
  • Professor Rob Ford, Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester
  • Jonathan Thomas, Migration Researcher, Social Market Foundation

Conservative Party Conference

29 September-1 October 2019 - Manchester Central

Can we solve the mental health crisis in school hours?

Can we solve the mental health crisis in school hours? 

More than eight out of ten teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years. According to the LGA, there are more than 560 child mental health cases every day. And many are warning of a mental health crisis. The Government has said it plans to incentivise and support schools and colleges to identify and train a designated senior lead for mental health. But what is the role of schools and can they solve the crisis?

Monday 30 September, 15:00-16:00
F13 – Friends Meeting House

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation
  • Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley and Outwood
  • Sarah Skelton, Head of Programme Development, Papyrus
  • Judy Shaw, National President, NAHT 
  • Michael Wigelsworth, Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Education, The University of Manchester

Getting gender on the agenda: How is devolution turbo-charging gender equality?

Getting gender on the agenda: How is devolution turbo-charging gender equality?

Devolution opens opportunities for metro mayors and combined authorities to achieve economic and social improvements for their communities and to address gender inequalities. How can we increase diversity within devolved policymaking decisions and get gender on the agenda?

Tuesday 1 October, 10.00 – 11.00
F13 – Friends Meeting House

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society
  • Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy, The University of Manchester
  • Donna Hall, Chair of the New Local Government Network

Are cities the new front line in combatting climate change?

Are cities the new front line in combatting climate change? 

An increasing number of cities and regions are declaring climate emergencies and adopting ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. But is enough being done to support these local actions on the national scale? Can devolution and the activities in cities like Manchester help meet our national 2050 net zero target?

Tuesday 1 October, 14.30 – 15.30
F13 – Friends Meeting House

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
  • Matthew Fell, Confederation of British Industry
  • Carly McLachlan, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Why the Conservatives need a new story on immigration

Why the Conservatives need a new story on immigration

In partnership with Social Market Foundation

With the Conservative Party under new leadership, is the Party ready for a new narrative on immigration? Since the EU Referendum in 2016, the electorate’s opinion on immigration has been shifting – does the Conservative Party’s current approach to immigration reflect this? And can Brexit provide a fresh opportunity for a more sensible conversation about immigration policy?

Tuesday 1 October, 16.00 – 17.00
F13 – Friends Meeting House

Confirmed panellists

  • Chair: James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation
  • Professor Rob Ford, Professor of Political Science, The University of Manchester
  • Jonathan Thomas, Migration Researcher, Social Market Foundation
evidence at conference