Dods at Party Conference 2021

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Conservative Fringe Events

This year, the Conservatives are returning to Manchester for their 2021 Party Conference from Sunday 03 October to Wednesday 06 October.

To see the most up to date information regarding the Conference, please visit the Conservative Party website.

Please see below for the exciting list of fringes we have planned for Conservative Party Conference 2021.

All of our events are free to attend, on a first come, first served basis and refreshments are provided. Please note, all of our events take place within the secure zone, which will require a conference pass. 

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The Rail Interview

3rd October 2021

17:30 - 18:45
Derby Suite, The Midland

A one-to-one interview with the Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss the Government’s priorities for rail. Sponsored by Alstom, Angel Trains, Atkins, Porterbrook, Siemens and VolkerWessels.

Speakers

  • Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
  • Gwyn Topham, Transport Correspondent, The Guardian
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The Maritime Reception

3rd October 2021

19:30 - 20:45
Derby Suite, The Midland

Come and join us for a ‘tot’ of rum as we talk about the tremendous opportunities for our maritime nation.

Speakers

  • Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport
  • Chris Shirling-Rooke MBE, Assistant Chair, Maritime UK
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PoliticsHome Breakfast Briefing Live

4th October 2021

09:00 - 10:15
Derby Suite, The Midland

Grab a coffee and join PoliticsHome’s Adam Payne as he discusses the need-to-know stories of the day.

Speakers

  • Saqib Bhatti MP, PPS to Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Stephen Hammond MP
  • Katy Balls, Deputy Political Editor, The Spectator
  • Adam Payne, Westminster and Brexit Reporter, PoliticsHome
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The Rail Debate: How Can The Value Of Rail And Industry Reform Deliver For Britain Post-Pandemic?

4th October 2021

12:30 - 13:45
Derby Suite, The Midland

Join the fringe to hear from senior industry and political speakers on the vital role rail can play in supporting the nation’s recovery post- pandemic and how rail reform can deliver the biggest changes for the industry and its customers in a generation.

Speakers

  • Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport 
  • Andy Bagnall, Director General, RDG
  • Andrea Green, Business Development Director, Costain
  • Claire Walker, Co-Executive Director, BCC
  • Daniel Bond, Head of Political Engagement, Dods Group (chair)
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Insuring Our Futures: How Can We Best Serve Our Ageing Population?

4th October 2021

13:00 - 14:15
Central 7, Manchester Central

Recent research shows that only 1 in 10 of us have or will make provision for care by our 60s, despite becoming aware of the need to fund later life care as early as our 30s. This fringe will discuss the interrelationship between health, finances, careers, and social elements to care, and explore the need to change attitudes towards care and look ahead to the government’s care strategy.

Speakers

  • Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Chair, Longevity APPG
  • Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
  • Dr Matthew Connell, Director - Policy and Public Affairs, Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Laura Hutchinson, Head of UK Political Intelligence, Dods Group (chair)
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The House Pub Quiz

4th October 2021

20:00 - 21:15

Derby Suite, Midland Hotel

Join us for drinks and fun as MPs go head to head with lobby journalists in The House Pub Quiz.

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Levelling Up London: The Key To The UK’s Recovery?

5th October 2021

09:00 - 10:15
Central 7, Manchester Central

Join our panel to discuss the opportunities of the levelling up agenda and need to revitalise the capital as part of the UK’s recovery.

Speakers

  • Paul Scully MP, Minister for London
  • Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, Leader, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Prof Tony Travers, London School of Economics and Political Science (chair)
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Seize The Moment: Unleashing The UK’s Economic Potential

5th October 2021

09:00 - 10:15
Derby Suite, The Midland

Join the CBI’s new Director-General, Tony Danker, to discuss the economic recovery and how business and government can work together to Seize the Moment and unleash the UK's economic potential.

Speakers

  • Tony Danker, Director-General, CBI (chair)
  • Andrew Griffith MP, PPS to Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and UK’s Net Zero Business Champion
  • Robin Fieth, Chief Executive, Building Societies Association (BSA)
  • Linz Phillips, Executive VP of Product Delivery, Sage Group
  • David Sismey, Director, Campaign for Economic Growth
  • Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist, Institute for Government

A Greener Future: How Can We Ensure Our Homes Meet The Government’s Net Zero Targets?

5th October 2021

12:30 - 13:45
Derby Suite, The Midland

This fringe event will focus on how we can move beyond the theory of creating energy efficient homes and look towards the practicalities of ensuring UK homes meet the Government’s net zero targets. 

Speakers

  • Anthony Browne MP, Chair, Environment APPG
  • Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Nusheen Hussain, Executive Director, Home Group
  • Adam Scorer, Chief Executive, National Energy Action
  • Anne Ashworth, Property and Finance Writer & Commentator (chair)
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Future Challenges In Defence

5th October 2021

17:30 - 18:45
Derby Suite, The Midland

Speakers

  • Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Tamara Cohen, Political Correspondent, Sky News (chair)
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The Aviation Interview

5th October 2021

19:30 - 20:45
Derby Suite, The Midland

Aviation is facing its biggest crisis, with international travel facing major restrictions. This event will discuss how it can emerge from Covid, working with Ministers to ensure air travel can resume safely, whilst agreeing a framework for the future, where aviation can continue to provide for Britain but sustainably and within a net-zero world.

Speakers:

  • Robert Courts MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
  • Kate McCann, Political Correspondent, Sky News (chair)