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It’s that time of year again…
A balmy summer is coming to an end, the party conference season is just beginning, and the New Statesman is teaming up with dozens of partners and sponsors to deliver a huge range of fringe events attracting some of the biggest names in parliament, politics and business. Last year we hosted over 35 events across three conferences, bringing together policymakers and thought leaders for hours of enlightening and intelligent discussion and debate. Hosting MPs and peers from all sides of the House, we've organised panels of experts, Q&As and drinks receptions that are at the cutting edge of the conference calendar.
After yet another year of upsets and volatility in the UK political scene, this year's conferences are set to be as exciting and unpredictable as any, and the New Statesman will be at the forefront, bringing together politicians and high-profile figures in local government, charities, NGOs and industry, to discuss the most pressing policy issues and political controversies of the day.
My birthday’s in mid-May, and the number of times I had to sit exams on it is beyond count
All three of the main parties in the Commons are gearing up for a fight in the country.
To stand any hope of winning power, the party must make itself the champion of progressive Britain once more and lead the resistance to the right.
The salt air from the sea rusts and weathers everything so the place never quite looks new
Lisa Nandy and others say their preference is for a negotiated exit – but the politics could well be too messy.
Beholden to the DUP, neither Jeremy Hunt nor Boris Johnson understands the politics of the Irish border as Brussels sees it.
“I’m going to have to do this repeatedly,” he realises.
The Conservatives' centre of gravity is moving still further away from any Brexit plan that can command a majority in this parliament.
But even if the decision to readmit the Derby North MP is overturned, the leadership's troubles with MPs are only just beginning.