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[email protected], The University of Manchester’s sector leading policy engagement institute, are running an exciting programme for Labour and Conservative conferences.

Expert panels will discuss a wide range of pressing policy challenges, covering topics including mental health, digital safety, health inequalities and more. Political guests include Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Shadow Cabinet Ministers, Lords, Councillors, Police and Crime Commissioners, and leaders from industry and charities.

Events are taking place inside and outside the conference secure zone.

Labour Conference, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th September, Liverpool

Future local economies: How research and development can boost skills, jobs and security in the UK's regions

Monday 26 September, 10:00 – 11:15 in Meeting Room 4A, AAC Liverpool L3 4FP

This event is in partnership with Dods. Please note that this event will take place inside the secure zone and a conference pass will be required to attend.

Following the Labour Party’s impressive commitment of targeting 3% of GDP on R&D, this fringe event will explore how a regional approach to innovation and investment in research and development is key to national prosperity and will help us build strong and self-sufficient local economies.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Jonn Elledge (Chair)
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Matthew Fell, Chief Policy Director, CBI
  • Professor Richard Jones, Vice President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement, The University of Manchester
  • Shreya Nanda, Economist, IPPR
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Innovation

Covid’s Children: How the pandemic has affected educational inequality, mental health and wellbeing for young people

Monday 26 September, 12:30 – 13:30 in Meeting Room 6, Jury’s Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN

This event is in partnership with the Social Market Foundation.

Join the Social Market Foundation and [email protected] to explore how we can deliver better mental health and wellbeing support in schools, and a fairer and more resilient education system for Britain’s young people.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • James Kirkup, Director of the Social Market Foundation (Chair)
  • Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and MP for Tooting
  • Dr Ola Demkowicz, Lecturer in Psychology of Education, The University of Manchester
  • Stephen Morgan, Shadow Schools Minister and MP for Portsmouth South
  • Lynn Perry MBE, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s

 

What is the impact of health inequalities on wellbeing and employment?

Monday 26 September, 14:30 – 15:30 at The Clore Studio, Tate Liverpool, Royal Albert Dock, L3 4BB

This event is in partnership with Centre for Cities.

Join Centre for Cities and [email protected] for this panel discussion exploring the impact of health inequalities and wellbeing on productivity, how to effectively connect areas such as housing and education with health and employment, and what ‘levelling up’ health inequalities could mean for places with lower productivity.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities (Chair)
  • Professor Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health, Liverpool City Council
  • Alison McGovern, Shadow Minister for Employment and MP for Wirral South
  • Dr Luke Munford, Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, The University of Manchester

 

Digital harms: Are smart devices a threat to your privacy and security?

Tuesday 27 September, 10:00 – 11:00 in Meeting Room 1, Jury’s Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN

Smart technology and new virtual worlds have become a feature of our increasingly complex, online habits. With the Online Safety Bill encouraging debate, we’ll discuss how policymakers can act to mitigate the threat of dangerous behaviour, while protecting freedom of expression and user privacy.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Dr Simon Kaye, Director of Policy, Reform (Chair)
  • Professor Emma Barrett, Professor of Psychology, Security & Trust, The University of Manchester
  • Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Dr Emma Stone, Director of Evidence and Engagement, Good Things Foundation

 

Tackling loneliness: How can we improve access and quality of mental health care?

Tuesday 27 September, 11:30 – 12:30 in Meeting Room 1, Jury’s Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN

Up to 25% of adults reported feelings of loneliness during the pandemic. We’re asking what a future Labour Government can do to prioritise mental health provision to combat it. Our panel of experts and policymakers will discuss the impact of chronic loneliness on our health and wellbeing, the effect of place and community, and what can be done to deliver more integrated care. 

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and MP for Tooting
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Su Moore, CEO, The Jo Cox Foundation
  • Sarah Thwaites, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Liverpool
  • Professor Pamela Qualter, Professor of Education, The University of Manchester

 

Energy security: Will accelerating renewables tackle the cost of living?

Tuesday 27 September, 13:00 – 14:00 in Meeting Room 1, Jury’s Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool L3 4FN

Rising energy costs. Threats to gas supplies. A looming net zero deadline. Our panel will explore the impact of renewables on our energy security and what measures can be taken to help the immediate challenge for households and businesses facing rising bills. We’ll discuss if net zero has a cost and how a Labour government would commit to renewable energy. 

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Thomas Pope, Deputy Chief Economist, Institute for Government (Chair)
  • Professor Matthew Paterson, Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester
  • Asif Rehmanwala, CEO, Ecotricity
  • Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, National Energy Action
  • Dr Alan Whitehead, Shadow Energy Minister and MP for Southampton, Test

 

Conservative Conference, Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October, Birmingham

Future local economies: How research and development can boost skills, jobs and security in the UK's regions

Monday 3 October, 10:00 – 11:15 in Meeting Room 10B, ICC Birmingham B1 2EA

This event is in partnership with Dods. Please note that this event will take place inside the secure zone and a conference pass will be required to attend.

Following the government's commitment to increasing the overall R&D density of the UK economy from the current value of 1.7% of GDP, this fringe event will explore how a regional approach to innovation and investment in research and development is key to national prosperity and will help us build strong and self-sufficient local economies.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Kevin Schofield, Political Editor, Huffpost UK (Chair)
  • Professor Richard Jones, Vice President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement, The University of Manchester
  • Syma Cullsay-Aldridge, Chief Campaigns Director, CBI
  • Rt Hon Lord Willetts

 

Digital harms: Are smart devices a threat to your privacy and security?

Monday 3 October, 11:30 – 12:30 in Wedgewood Suite, Novotel, 70 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HT

Smart technology and new virtual worlds have become a feature of our increasingly complex, online habits. With the Online Safety Bill encouraging debate, we’ll discuss how policymakers can act to mitigate the threat of dangerous behaviour, while protecting freedom of expression and user privacy.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Dr Simon Kaye, Director of Policy, Reform (Chair)
  • Professor Emma Barrett, Professor of Psychology, Security & Trust, The University of Manchester
  • Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Donna Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wright
  • Helen Milner OBE, Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation
  • Lord Vaizey of Didcot

 

Building a green wall: Can renewables catalyse levelling up and tackle the cost of living?

Monday 3 October, 13:00 – 14:00 in the Wedgewood Suite, Novotel, 70 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HT

Levelling up should improve standards of living across the country. But can it address cost-of-living challenges? Our panel will explore how committing to renewables can power jobs, growth and impact rising energy bills. We’ll ask if decarbonisation is working and if our drive to net zero can deliver long-term energy security. 

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Akash Paun, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government (Chair)
  • Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley
  • Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, Confederation of British Industry
  • Professor Matthew Paterson, Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester
  • Asif Rehmanwala, CEO, Ecotricity
  • Cllr Phillippa Williamson, Leader of Lancashire County Council

 

Tackling loneliness: Can better mental health care make us happier and more productive?

Monday 3 October, 14:30 – 15:30 at the Wedgewood Suite, Novotel, 70 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HT

Loneliness costs the UK up to £2.5 billion each year through lost productivity. Our panel of experts and policymakers will discuss the economic case for better and more integrated mental health care, the effect of place and community on isolation and how combating loneliness can improve success at school and the workplace. 

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Dr Aveek Bhattacharya, Chief Economist, Social Market Foundation (Chair)
  • James Evans MS, Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing and MS for Brecon and Radnorshire
  • Su Moore, CEO, The Jo Cox Foundation
  • Professor Pamela Qualter, Professor of Education, The University of Manchester

 

How do we level up health inequalities across the UK?

Tuesday 4 October, 11:00 – 12:00 in Room LOB 103, Birmingham Rep, 6 Centenary Sq, B1 2EP

This event is in partnership with Centre for Cities.

Join us to explore the impact of health inequalities on productivity, what needs to happen to achieve the government’s aim of narrowing the gap in healthy life expectancy between regions and what impact reducing health inequality could have on places where productivity is ‘lagging’.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities (Chair)
  • Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke on Trent City Council
  • Liz Gaulton, Chief Officer Population Health and Inequalities, NHS Coventry & Warwickshire Integrated Care Board
  • Dr Luke Munford, Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, The University of Manchester

 

Covid’s Children: How the pandemic has affected educational inequality, mental health and wellbeing for young people

Tuesday 4 October, 13:30 – 14:30 at Concerto, Hyatt Hotel, 2 Bridge St, Birmingham B1 2JZ

This event is in partnership with the Social Market Foundation. Please note that this event will take place inside the secure zone and a conference pass will be required to attend.

Join the Social Market Foundation and [email protected] to explore how we can deliver better mental health and wellbeing support in schools, and a fairer and more resilient education system for Britain’s young people.

Confirmed panellists so far include:

  • Dr Aveek Bhattacharya, Chief Economist, Social Market Foundation (Chair)
  • Dr Ola Demkowicz, Lecturer in Psychology of Education, The University of Manchester
  • Robert Halfon, Chair of Education Select Committee and MP for Harlow
  • Lynn Perry MBE, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s

For further details please see our website and for any enquiries please email [email protected]

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