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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.
Much of the Labour leader’s project lives or dies on his ability to get his business through the NEC – a mission to which the GMB trade union is crucial.
MPs from five parties have demanded a Covid-19 select committee amid fears they could be frozen out by ministers.
The Conservatives’ top team is startlingly bereft of intellectual heft and governmental experience.
If there is one lesson to be learned from the UK’s approach, it is that government must trust in local communities, local government and local organisations.
The Prime Minister has sided with those cabinet ministers who fear a second wave of Covid-19 infections.
Labour MPs have had their room to manouevre in Parliament sharply constricted.
Mask-wearing is one way to build general resilience in all possible futures.
Our memory of this time must be more than one of togetherness and solidarity. It must be that the people of England proved better than those in power.
Nothing in Tory ideology has prepared this generation of politicians for the scale of state intervention required.
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