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Conservative Conference 2018

Tuesday 2 October

Immigration and the future of British Politics: Sorting Fact from Fiction
08.30 – 09.30    Dolce Hyatt Regency  - Secure Zone

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP
Maria Sobolewska FRSA, Professor of Political Science, PhD Director in Politics, University of Manchester
Adam Drummond, Senior Research Manager and Partner, Opinium
Jonathan Thomas, Migration Researcher, SMF
Chair: James Kirkup, Director, SMF
Supported by Policy@Manchester and Opinium

‘Is further devolution the key to successful cities post Brexit?’ 
10.30 – 11.30 Tuesday 2 October 2018
Meeting room 103, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EP

As our cities embrace devolution and subsequently gain greater control over local policymaking, is there further opportunity, after Brexit, to increase their powers and resources to support and ensure prosperous local economies in a changing UK.

The point has been made many times that cities around the world are gaining in authority to enable them to form powerful networks and enabling them to take competitive advantage.  

It is almost 18 months since six of our cities elected their first Metro Mayors, we ask what is now needed to allow further progression and give our cities the independence to become global economies? What do the devolved authorities now require, particularly in terms of skills, infrastructure and business engagement, to ensure success in a post Brexit economy?


Chair: Andrew Carter – Chief Executive Centre for Cites
Tim Bowles, - Mayor of West of England
Professor Francesca Gains – Head of Politics at The University of Manchester
Josh Hardie – CBI Deputy Director-General
James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

The event will combine comment and discussion followed by questions from the audience.  The panel will have the opportunity to explore how devolution can evolve in a post-Brexit Britain.

On the dole – will robots put us out of work?
12.00 – 1.30pm Meeting room 103, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

There have been many predictions about how artificial intelligence and robotics may end up changing the way we work. Many of those predictions have differed wildly. So what will the future of work look like in the UK, and what can we do to make sure the UK is ready to lead the fourth industrial revolution.

Chair: Carl El-Khoueiri, Political and Corporate Engagement Strategist at the Big Innovation Centre
Cllr James Frederickson, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon
Dr Barbara Ribeiro, Research Associate, Manchester Institute of Innovation and Research, The University of Manchester
Hetan Shah, Royal Statistical Society, Executive Director
Tom Kibasi, IPPR Director
John Hawksworth, PwC,Chief Economist

Policy@Manchester Data Lounge
2.00 – 5.00pm  Meeting room 103, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The University of Manchester invites you to dig into key data on environmental, health, social trends, and polling statistics.  Join us for a coffee, take a break, charge your phone, and find out more about your constituency’s key factors.