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 saw 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.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
My youngest, aged 17, breezed off to catch the train to the Fringe, relaxed and insouciant, “It’ll be fine, Mum”.
There are two things to know about Neasden: it has always been a shithole, but the demolition of nearly all its pubs has made it worse.
Centrist politicians are wedded to a neoliberal economic model that has destroyed our communities and impoverished workers.
Theresa May was grilled on whether she agreed with the Iron Lady’s 1980s views.
I wish I could have given a more reassuring reply to her deeply saddening question.
The UK’s former chief rabbi addresses morality, Israel and Labour’s anti-Semitism problem.
“If people had a chance to come to a place like this, they could get away from their life on the streets.”
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The image of Vince Cable next to the phrase at conference will be particularly painful to party staffers.