Localis Conference Events 2014

Localis ran a successful events schedule at this year’s party conferences, hosting several panel debates at each party conference with guests including Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Rt Hon John Denham MP and Rt Hon John Redwood MP. Each event was well attended by the public and some received national media attention. In addition to our public events, we also hosted a range of private roundtables and dinners discussing specific localist issues at all three party conferences.

We have summarised below our 2014 panel events by party conference:

LABOUR

‘200,000 Homes: Are garden cities the answer?’
Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, Monday 22nd September, 13:00

This panel speaking event asked what role the garden city movement can play in solving the UK’s housing crisis, and how garden cities can contribute to meeting Ed Miliband’s 200,000 homes a year by 2020 pledge. With speakers:

· Roberta Blackman-Woods MP; Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government

· Cllr John Burden; Leader, Gravesham Borough Council

· Duncan Bonfield, Land Securities

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‘Does the South East deserve Devo Max?’
Palace Hotel, Manchester, Monday 22nd September, 18:00

Capturing the Scottish independence referendum zeitgeist, this panel speaking event discussed the extent to which power should be devolved to local government in the South East of England. With speakers:

· Rt Hon John Denham MP, Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

· Clive Betts MP, Chairman of the Communities and Local Government Committee

· Cllr Peter Marland; Leader, Milton Keynes Council

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CONSERVATIVE

‘Does the South East deserve Devo Max?’
Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham, Monday 29th September, 18:00

Capturing the Scottish independence referendum zeitgeist, this panel speaking event discussed the extent to which power should be devolved to local government in the South East of England. With speakers:

· Rt Hon John Redwood MP, Former Secretary of State

· Bob Neill MP, Former Local Government Minister

· Cllr Mike Jones; Leader, Cheshire West & Chester Council

· Cllr Roy Perry, Leader, Hampshire County Council

The event waschaired by Cllr David Burbage MBE, Leader, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Chairman of South East Strategic Leaders.

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‘Fixing the housing crisis: are garden cities the answer?’
Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham, Tuesday 30th September, 13:00

This panel speaking event discussed the potential of garden cities to solve the housing shortage currently engulfing the UK. With speakers:

· Mark Pawsey MP, PPS to Anna Soubury MP and CLG Select Committee Member

· Cllr Paul Carter CBE, Leader, Kent County Council

· Duncan Bonfield, Land Securities

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LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

‘Certified organic: Are garden cities the localist answer to the housing crisis?’
Crowne Plaza hotel, Glasgow, Tuesday 7th October, 13:00

This panel speaking event discussed the localist approach to solving the UK’s housing crisis, and if the garden city movement could fulfil this role. With speakers:

· Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

· Caroline Pidgeon MBE, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group

· Cllr Keith House, Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council

· Duncan Bonfield, Land Securities

The event was chaired by Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor of The Spectator and Telegraph columnist

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