Tory conference 2017: pick of Monday's fringe events

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2nd October 2017

With hundreds of fringe events taking place over party conference season, PoliticsHome picks out the ones not to be missed. Check out our agenda for Tory conference on Monday, 2 October.

Theresa May at the 2016 Tory party conference
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08.15
Brexit Breakfast

Countryside Alliance
Midland Hotel: Fairclough
Do you enjoy a slice of Brexit with your breakfast? If so, then this event with Environment Secretary Michael Gove is the one for you.

08.15
Isabel Oakeshott in conversation with Damian Green, First Secretary of State – the number one man in government

ConservativeHome
Manchester Central: Charter 1
Damien Green, the de facto deputy prime minister, remains one of Theresa May’s most vocal defenders. This fringe should give an insight into her thinking on Brexit and more.

09.00
Health and Care Forum debate

Health & Care Forum
Midland Hotel: Derby Suite
Daniel Bond, Managing Editor of the House magazine, will be joined by Tory MPs Andrew Selous and Helen Whately, both members of the Health Select Committee, to discuss all things health policy. A must see.

10.30
Turning the Blue Agenda Green

Bright Blue with MIMA
Manchester Town Hall: Lord Mayor’s Parlour
Times Columnist Hugo Rifkind will host this fringe on protecting the environment alongside a “high profile politician”, Maurice Golden MSP and representatives from industry.

12.00
After the Lammy Review: ensuring race doesn’t slip back down the justice agenda

Clinks
Friends’ Meeting House: G1
Labour MP David Lammy will join Justice Minister Sam Gymiah to discuss his review into treatment of, and outcomes for, black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system.

12.00
Conservative campaigning: what’s gone wrong and how to put it right

ConservativeHome
Manchester Central: Central 5
How to solve the Tories’ grassroots problem? That’s up for discussion at this must-see fringe featuring former ministers Robert Halfon and Nicky Morgan. Mark Wallace, Executive editor of ConservativeHome who wrote a comprehensive series on this area, will also speak.

12.30
A nuclear reactor in every town?

Policy Exchange and Rolls Royce
Manchester Central: Cobden 3&4
Decarbonising the UK’s power, transport and heat systems is a huge challenge. Small modular reactors offer the potential to provide scalable and reliable low carbon power and heat. Could we see a new generation of nuclear reactors in every town?

12.45
Human Rights in a Global Britain

Conservative Women’s Organisation and Amnesty International UK
Manchester Central: Central 6
Set to be a fascinating discussion, Tory MP Crispin Blunt, DFID Minister Alistair Burt and Women and Equality Committee chair Maria Miller will look into human rights issues alongside Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK.

16.00
Ideas for preventative health and social care; which pitch will convince our dragon?

British Red Cross & Conservative Councillors’ Association
Midland Hotel: Lancaster
Prevention is better than cure, but the UK’s health and social care system has historically reacted to problems rather than preventing them. Learn from local authorities and third sector organisations pitching to our Government 'dragon' on how they innovate to meet care challenges.

16.30
The Threat to
Brexit
Leave Means Leave
Raddison Blu Edwardian, Manchester: Stanley/Livingstone
Chaired by former minister and avid Brexiteer Owen Paterson, this event should shed some light on the thinking of backbench eurosceptics. Jacob Rees-Mogg will be there to discuss the ‘Threat to Brexit’.

17.30
A new era: The role of business in delivering growth and prosperity

CBI, supported by the BVCA
Midland Hotel: Derby Suite
Chancellor Philip Hammond should expand on his vision for British industry post-Brexit alongside Tory MP Alan Mak and CBI director general Carolyn Fairburn.

17.45
How to handle
Brexit
Centre for European Reform
Manchester Central: Exchange 11
With Tory MPs on opposing sides of the Brexit dividing line present, this is set to be a fascinating affair. Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, Tory MPs Dominic Grieve and Vicky Ford will be joined by Poland’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Konrad Szymanski for a chat on handling Brexit.

17.45
Challenging the period taboo: How ‘taps and toilets’ transform the lives of women and girls

Conservative Women’s Organisation and WaterAid UK
Manchester Central: Exchange 2-3 combined
International Development Secretary Priti Patel, former minister Nicky Morgan and Tom Palakudiyil, Regional Director for South Asia, WaterAid, will discuss how access to clean water and sanitation could lift women out of poverty.

18.00
The New Frontier: Freedom, security and responsibility in the internet age

The Spectator and Sky
Midland Hotel: Alexandra Suite
How do we protect civil liberties while cracking down on terrorism? Home Secretary Amber Rudd is the headline figure attending this fringe earmarked to discuss one of the most important questions facing the country at present. David Anderson, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, will also cast his view.

19.30
Apprenticeships Forum Reception

Apprenticeships Forum
Manchester Central: Central 7
Former minister Robert Halfon and Tory MP Alan Mak will set out their views on how to further the Government’s apprenticeship agenda at this fringe reception.