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What’s going on at party conferences 2018

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

Click here for relevant events at the Labour Party Conference, 23-26 September, and here to scroll down to events at the Conservative Party Conference 30 September – 3 October.

Bond has already hosted a panel discussion at the Lib Dem Conference and will be hosting events at both the Labour and Conservative conferences:

Labour: Monday 24 September at 18:30 – A Global Britain? The impact of Brexit on the world’s poor
In partnership with Labour Campaign for International Development (LCID) and the Coalition for Global Prosperity; Hilton Hotel, Grace Suite 2

Speakers include shadow minister for international development Dan Carden MP, vice chair of LCID Alison McGovern MP, chair of the IDC Stephen Twigg MP, Theo Clarke of the Coalition for Global Prosperity, LCID’s Mann Virdee, and Claire Godfrey of Bond

Conservative: Sunday 30 September at 19:30 – Pursuing excellence in international development
In partnership with the Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID); ICC, Castle Fine Art Gallery

Speakers include the secretary of state for international development Penny Mordaunt, chair of CFID Jeremy Lefroy MP, director of CFID Caroline Squire, and Bond’s interim chief executive Judith Brodie

Labour Party Conference, 23 – 26 September

Sunday 23rd

Re-Imagining Health Innovation: How A Labour Government Could Ensure Affordable Medicines For All
Global Justice Now, StopAIDS and Just Treatment
12:15, Albert Suite 4, Hilton Hotel

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Speakers: Christine Berry (Political Economist- Chair), John McDonnell MP, (Shadow Chancellor – invited), Heidi Chow (Global Justice Now), Saoirse Fitzpatrick (StopAIDS), Diarmund McDonald (Just Treatment) Els Torreelle (Medicins Sans Frontiers – invited)

How an Ambitious Environment Act Can Address Wellbeing and Inequality
Greener UK
18:15, Concourse Room

Speakers: John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor); John Sauven (Greenpeace); others tba

Mon 24th

Britain in the World: Where Next for UK Foreign Policy?
Chatham House
15:00, Hilton Hotel, Grace Suite 1

Speakers: Emily Thornberry (Shadow Foreign Secretary – invited)

Labour Party Faiths Reception
The Labour Party and Islamic Relief UK
16:00, ACC, Collection Lounge

Speakers: Stephen Timms MP (Labour Party Faith Envoy – Chair), Imran Madden (Director, Islamic Relief UK), Nigel Harris (Chief Executive, Tearfund)

World For the Many Consultation: Share Your Views On Labour’s Approach To International Development
17:15, Revolution

Speakers: Kate Osamor MP (Shadow Secretary of State for International Development), International Development Taskforce representative (invited)

A Global Britain? The impact of Brexit on the world’s poor
Bond, Labour Campaign for International Development (LCID) and the Coalition for Global Prosperity
18:30, Hilton Hotel, Grace Suite 2

Speakers: Dan Carden MP (Shadow Minister for International Development), Alison McGovern MP (Vice Chair, LCID), Stephen Twigg MP (Chair of the International Development Committee; Theo Clarke (CEO, Coalition for Global Prosperity), Mann Virdee (Chair, LCID); Claire Godfrey (Head of Policy and Campaigns, Bond – Chair)

Reclaiming Internationalism: Building a world for the many
Global Justice Now, Health Poverty Action, War on Want, Jubilee Debt Campaign and Another Europe is Possible
18:45, Revolution, Dockside

Speakers: Leader of the Labour Party (invited), Kate Osamor MP (Shadow Secretary of State for International Development), Laura Parker (Momentum)

Tues 25th

Let’s talk about periods and sex education
Brook and Plan International UK
07:00, ACC, Youth Zone

Speakers: Diana Johnson MP (Chair – invited), Lisa Hallgarten (Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Brook), Lucy Russell (Head of Girls’ Rights and Youth, Plan International UK), Sharon Hodgson MP (Shadow Minister for Public Health invited), Lucy Powell MP (Education elect Committee – invited), Local Government Association Representative (invited), National Education Union representative (invited)

Christians on the Left prayer Breakfast: Danger Zones – Praying That Children of Conflict And Disaster Thrive, Not Just Survive
World Vision & Christians on the Left
08:00, Quaker Meeting House

Speakers: Eleanor Smith MP; Jonathan Reynolds MP

Building an Economy That Works for Nature
10:00, Kings Suite, Pullman Hotel

Speakers: Clive Lewis MP (Shadow Treasury Minister for Sustainable Economies); Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister for BEIS); Amy Mount (Chair – Greener UK); Tony Juniper CBE (WWF)

The Future of Foreign Aid in Africa
Africans for Labour
12:15, Revolucion de Cuba, The Havana

Speakers: Julius Nkafu (Africans for Labour – Chair), Kate Osamor MP (Shadow Secretary of State for International Development – invited), Nick Dearden (Director, Global Justice Now), Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle MBE (Africans for Labour), Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party – invited)

Is the UK a place of refuge or a “hostile environment”? What more can be done to support education and integration for refugees?
Christians on the Left, SAT-7, the RAMP Project, and Welcome Churches
12.30, Quaker Meeting House

Speakers: David Lammy MP; Kate Green MP

Violence Against Women Activists: Defending the Defenders
Amnesty International UK and Labour Campaign for Human Rights
13:00, ACC, Concourse Room 3

Speakers: Kate Osamor MP (Shadow Secretary of State for International Development), Emily Thornberry MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary – invited), Idil Eser (Former Director, Amnesty International Turkey), Kate Allen (Director, Amnesty International UK)

It’s not OK! Girls as young as 11 being harassed on Britain’s streets
Plan International UK
17:30, ACC, Youth Zone

Speakers: Lucy Russell (Head of Girls Rights & Youth, Plan International UK), Stella Creasy MP (invited), Tulip Siddiq MP (invited), Sophie Linden (London Deputy Mayor – invited), Police & Crime Commissioner representative (invited)

A world in crisis: Yemen, Syria & Myanmar
Islamic Relief UK
19:00, ACC, Concourse Room 4

Speakers: Dan Carden MP (shadow minister for international development), Catherine West MP, David Crawford (head of humanitarian development, Islamic Relief Worldwide), Richard Pyle (head of advocacy (Europe), International Rescue Committee)

Conservative Conference, 30 September – 3 October

Sun 30th

Government and the Voluntary Community Sector: Preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies
British Red Cross and Muslim Aid
12:45, ICC, Executive Room 1

Speakers: James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Invited), British Red Cross, Muslim Aid

The erosion of freedom, the rule of law and autonomy in Hong Kong
Conservative Party Human Rights Commission
12:45, ICC, Hall 11a

Speakers: Fiona Bruce MP (Chair); Martin Lee, founder of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong; Benny Tai, legal scholar and democracy activist; Nathan Law, Hong Kong’s youngest elected legislator and a leader in the Umbrella Movement; Benedict Rogers, Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission and founder of Hong Kong Watch

Global Britain speeches by secretaries of state, including secretary of state for international development
14:45 – 16:00, Symphony Hall

Pursuing excellence in international development
Bond and Conservative Friends of International Development (CFID)
19:30, ICC, Castle Fine Art Gallery

Speakers: Judith Brodie, CEO, Bond (Chair); Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development; Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair, CFID; Caroline Squire, Director, CFID

Mon 1st

How do you solve a problem like marine plastic?
Tearfund, CFID and CEN
08:00, Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Soprano

Speakers: Caroline Squire – CFID (Chair); Joanne Green – Tearfund; Sam Richards – CEN; Vicky Ford MP; Michael Tomlinson MP; Harriett Baldwin MP

Policy Fringe: ‘Faith in Aid? Ending Violence Against Children
Conservative Christian Fellowship and World Vision UK
09:30, Birmingham City Church, Life Café

Speakers: Gavin Crowden, WVUK; Michael Tomlinson MP, PPS to Secretary of State DFID; Senior Cabinet Minister; Professor Francis Davis, University of Birmingham, St Mary’s University Twickenham

Our Planet: Restoring Nature after Brexit
12:45, Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Dolce

Speakers: Amy Mount, Greener UK (Chair); Tony Juniper CBE, WWF; Rebecca Pow MP PPS to DEFRA; Zac Goldsmith MP; David Wheeldon, Sky

Global Britain? The Future of UK Trade
Chatham House and the City of London Corporation
12:45, ICC, Hall 5

Speakers: Liam Halligan, Columnist, The Sunday Telegraph (Chair); Nicky Morgan MP, Chair, Treasury Select Committee; Professor Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe; Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chairman, The City of London Corporation; Linda Yueh, Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance Department, Chatham House

Building a Global Britain: Equipping the UK to Win on the World Stage
17:30, ICC, Hall 10b

Speakers: Adam Boulton, Editor-at-large, Sky News (Chair); Philip Hammond MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer; Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation; Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI; Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA

Should charity begin and end at home?
Coalition for Global Prosperity and Charities Aid Foundation
17:45, ICC, Hall 9

Speakers: Theo Clarke, CEO at the Coalition for Global Prosperity (Chair); Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for the Foreign Office; Bim Afolami MP; Owen Barder, the Center for Global Development; James Price, TaxPayers’ Alliance; Michael Mapstone, Charities Aid Foundation

Building a Better World: the Commonwealth and UK Aid
Global Citizen
19:30, ICC, Executive Room 7

Speakers: Marie Le Conte (Chair); H. E. Yamina Karitanyi, the Rwandan High Commissioner; Amy Agnew, Europe Director, Global Citizen; Lord Ahmad, FCO Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN (Invited)

We are all health heroes
The ONE Campaign
20:30, Library of Birmingham, Book Rotunda

Speakers: Romilly Greenhill (Chair); Theresa Lola; Alistair Burt, DFID; Anne Gulland, The Telegraph; Dr Sam Gnanapragasam, ONE; Dr Beth Thompson, Wellcome Trust

Tues 2nd

What does Global Britain mean?
10:30, ICC, Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall)

Speakers: Oliver Wiseman, Editor,CapX (Chair); Lord O’Neill of Gatley, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury; Baroness Neville-Rolfe, former Commercial Secretary to the Treasury; Bob Seely MP, Isle of Wight

Global Britain and Women’s Rights: Defending the Defenders
Conservative Women’s Organisation and Amnesty International
17:45, ICC, Executive Room 7

Speakers: Peter Oborne, Political Columnist, Daily Mail (Chair); Andrew Mitchell MP, Sutton Coldfield; Idil Eser, Amnesty Director, Turkey and women’s human rights defender; Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State Dept Int’l Dev joint with Foreign & Commonwealth Office (invited); Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director

Working to end AIDS, TB and Malaria: UK leadership at the Global Fund
StopAIDS, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Malaria No More UK, RESULTS UK, ONE
19:45, Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Dolce

Speakers: Peter Sands, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development; Clara Banya, National Coordinator for the International Community of Women Living with HIV

Save the Children and ConservativeHome Annual Reception
21:30, ICC, Castle Fine Art Gallery

Speakers: Penny Mordaunt MP, Secretary of State for International Development; Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee; Paul Goodman, Editor of ConservativeHome; Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children UK

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