Localis at Conservative Party Conference 2017

Localis at Conservative Party Conference 2017

At this year’s Conservative Party conference,  Localis will be holding a series of panel events on Monday, 2 October 2017 at Manchester Town Hall (which is situated just outside the conference zone and does not require a pass). The discussion will cover issues from Brexit to funding our public infrastructure, NHS funding to metro mayors.  We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an interesting  programme of events.

Will the NHS ever have enough money?

09.00 – 10.00, Reception Room at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA

In a time of diminished budgets and an ageing society, the pressures facing the NHS in delivering the ‘cradle-to-grave’ care the British people have come to expect are increasingly difficult to manage. This Localis and NHS Partners Network fringe event will examine the challenges facing the health service and ask – will the NHS ever have enough money?

Speakers include:

  • Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
  • Philip Collins, Leader writer and columnist, the Times
  • Liam Booth-Smith, Chief Executive, Localis (chair)

You can sign up for this event on our Eventbrite page.

Urban Blues – The shifting political and economic role of UK cities

10.30 – 11.30, Reception Room at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA

The contrast between Conservative success in the recent metro mayor elections versus their struggles in the general election calls into question how real the Tory urban revival is. This Localis and Core Cities fringe will discuss how government can continue to encourage cities to grow, and whether there is a distinctly Conservative agenda for cities.

  • Neil O’Brien MP, Member of Parliament for Harborough
  • Andrew Bounds, North of England correspondent, the Financial Times
  • Liam Booth-Smith, Chief Executive, Localis (chair)

You can sign up for this event on our Eventbrite page.

Are we running out of options to finance our future infrastructure?

12.00-13.00, Reception Room at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA

Securing continued local economic growth across the nation will be underpinned by careful investment in pro-growth schemes that improve key areas such as transport, skills and housing. This Localis fringe, sponsored by the London Pensions Fund Authority and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, will look at new approaches for unlocking sources of finance for municipal entrepreneurship and delivering local job-creating infrastructure and housing projects.

  • The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP, Former Secretary of State for Wales
  • Cllr Kieran Quinn, Leader of Tameside Borough Council and Chair of Greater Manchester Pension Fund
  • Jonathan Werran, Head of Media and Events, Localis (chair)

You can sign up for this event on our Eventbrite page.

Will Brexit make the UK less attractive to the skilled people our economy needs?

13.30-14.30, Reception Room at Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA

With so much of the terms of the UK’s divorce from the EU still to be determined there is understandable concern about the impact this will have on the economy and public services. This Localis panel event, in partnership with the City of London, will discuss ways the government can ensure the UK will continue to attract the best and brightest to live and work here.

  • Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation
  • Kate McCann, Senior Political Correspondent, the Telegraph
  • Liam Booth-Smith, Chief Executive, Localis (chair)

You can sign up for this event on our Eventbrite page.

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