Party conference season fringe events

A run down of the events being run by Bond members and allies during the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dems conferences


Political parties are holding their conferences throughout September and there are lots of events being run by Bond members and allies.  

Scroll down for relevant events at the Labour Party Conference, 21-25 September, and the Conservative Party Conference 29 September - 2 October, as well as the Liberal Democrats Conference, 14-17 September. 

You can also check out our guide to making the most of party conference season.

Bond co-hosted events

Bond’s CEO Stephanie Draper will be speaking at a drinks reception on Saturday 14 September at the Lib Dem Conference and will be hosting events at both the Labour and Conservative conferences: 

Labour: Sunday 22 September at 19:30 – Ending poverty and inequality - are we doomed to fail? 
In partnership with Labour Campaign for International Development (LCID); Hilton Brighton Metropole, Durham Hall Room 4 

Speakers include shadow secretary of state for international development Dan Carden MP, Preet Gill MP, LCID's Mann Virdee, and Stephanie Draper of Bond. 

Conservative: Sunday 29 September at 18:00 – Can conservatism end global poverty and climate change? 
In partnership with the Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID); Manchester Central, Exchange 6 & 7 Combined 

Speakers include the secretary of state for international development Alok Sharma MP, previous secretary of state Andrew Mitchell, chair of CFID Jeremy Lefroy MP, co-directors of CFID Amy Le Coz and Dina Black, and Bond's chief executive Stephanie Draper. 

Liberal Democrat party conference, 14-17 September 

Saturday 14 September:

Liberal Democrats in International Development (LDID) fringe afternoon including 

  • 2.45 - 3.45 Education in Emergencies with the Coalition for Global Prosperity and Layla Moran MP  

  • 3.45 - 4.45 Faith and Development with Muslim Aid  

  • 5.15 - 6.15 People and Planetary Health with ONE and Jane Dodds MP  

  • 6.15 - 8.30 Drinks Reception co-hosted with Bond and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) including a Parliamentary update by Baroness Sheehan, Lib Dem Spokesperson for International Development 

Monday 16 September:  

Prayer Breakfast 

Tearfund: 08:00, Dorchester North, Highcliff Marriott Hotel.
Speakers: Jane Dodds MP, Lizzie Jewkes (LCDF Chair), Tim Ingram and Jake Wakefield (Tearfund) 

Labour party conference, 21-25 September 

Sunday 22 September: 

Ending poverty and inequality - are we doomed to fail? 
Bond in partnership with Labour Campaign for International Development (LCID) 
19:30, Durham Hall Room 4, Hilton Brighton Metropole 
Speakers: Dan Carden MP, Preet Gill MP, Mann Virdee (LCID), and Stephanie Draper (Bond) 

Monday 23 September:

Tackling the Humanitarian Impact of the Climate Crisis and Extreme Weather private policy roundtable 
British Red Cross 
09:00, Innovation Hub, Hilton Brighton Metropole (attendance restricted – RSVP required) 

Faith in Aid? 
Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Tearfund, World Vision and the Coalition for Global Prosperity in partnership with Christians on the Left 
12:30, St Paul's Church 
Speakers: Preet Gill MP, Grace Blakeley (New Statesman) 

International Aid – Should The Private Sector Play A Role? 
Adam Smith International and Prospect Magazine 
12:45, Avon Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole 
Speakers: Stephen Twigg MP, Stephanie Draper (Bond) 

Labour Party Faiths Reception – Welcoming the Stranger: Faith Fighting for Refugees 
Islamic Relief 
16:00, Trent Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole 
Speakers: Stephen Timms MP, Afzal Khan MP (invited) 

Top-5 Ways To Listen To Girls Locally 
Plan International UK 
16:00, Youth Zone, Hilton Brighton Metropole 
Speakers: Dawn Butler MP (invited), Lisa Nandy MP 

Reclaiming Internationalism: A World For The Many 
Global Justice Now 
18:00, Revolution Brighton 
Speakers: John McDonnell MP, Dan Carden MP 

Tackling Global Inequality: How Can Labour Adopt A Feminist Approach? 
Oxfam GB 
18:00, Chartwell Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole 
Speakers: Diane Abbott MP, Preet Kaur Gill MP, Danny Sriskandarajah (Oxfam GB), Professor Diane Elson (Commission on a Gender Equal Economy) 

Tuesday 24 September:

Payer Breakfast: Ending Violence against Children. World Vision in the World's Largest Refugee Camp 
World Vision in partnership with Christians on the Left 
08:00, St Paul's Church 
Speakers: Hilary Benn MP, Kate Green 

Developing Our Horizons - Fighting for Social and Environmental Justice Abroad 
Christians on the Left, SERA Labour Environment Campaign 
12:30, St Paul's Church 
Speakers: Dan Carden MP, Jonathan Reynolds MP, Bill Esterson MP, Rachael Maskell MP, Paul Cook (Tearfund) 

Overseas Development Aid, Mine Action and the National Interest 
MAG Mines Advisory Group 
13:00, Tennyson, Jurys Inn Waterfront 
Speaker: Dan Carden MP 

Making the Case for Refugee Protection 
Muslim Aid and the International Rescue Committee
17:30, Lancaster Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole
Speakers: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP, Alex Norris MP, Jehangir Malik (Muslim Aid), Helen Stawski (IRC). 


Conservative party conference, 29 September – 2 October 

Sunday 29 September:
Can conservatism end global poverty and climate change? 
Bond in partnership with the Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID) 
18:00, Manchester Central, Exchange 6 & 7 Combined 
Speakers: Alok Sharma MP, Andrew Mitchell MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Amy Le Coz and Dina Black (CFID), and Stephanie Draper (Bond). 

Monday 30 September:

Opportunities for UK Global Environmental Leadership
12:00, Central Rooms 3 & 4, Manchester Central 
Speakers: Alok Sharma MP, Claire Perry MP

British Blue Planet: Protecting our Marine Life
CEN with RSPB & OceanMind
14:00, Central Rooms 3 & 4, Manchester Central 
Speaker: Dominic Raab MP

An end to aid: the path to reducing aid dependency
Bright Blue, Global Partnership for Education
16:15, Cobden 2, Manchester Central
Speaker: Alok Sharma MP

The Big Inequality Debate: A global crisis or the politics of envy? 
Oxfam GB 
18:00, Stanley Suite, Midland hotel 
Speakers: Kate Procter (The Guardian), Lord David Willets, Mark Littlewood (Director-General IEA), Danny Sriskandarajah (Oxfam GB) 

Tuesday 1 October:

This is a Rubbish Fringe: How to break the link between plastic and poverty  
08:00, Central 8, Manchester Central 
Speakers: Sandra Laville (The Guardian), Vicky Ford MP, Anna Turrell (Nestle UK&I), Richard Gower (Tearfund) 

Tackling the humanitarian impact of the climate crisis and extreme weather private policy roundtable   
British Red Cross 
08:00, The Tea Rooms, Midland Hotel 
Speakers: TBC

Disaster Resilience and Recovery: How can the UK Government and Insurance sector work together in the developing world
Conservative Home and AON
13:00, Central 5, Manchester Central 
Speakers: Andrew Stephenson MP

The 0.7% target - why do we spend on aid?
Adam Smith International, Prospect Magazine
15:45, Central 6, Manchester Central
Speakers: TBC

Save the Children Centenary Reception 
Save the Children UK 
22:00, Exchange 11, Manchester Central 
Speakers: Alok Sharma MP, Kevin Watkins (Save the Children UK) and ConHome 

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