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Every autumn at the party conferences, the New Statesman teams up with dozens of partners and sponsors to deliver a range of high-quality fringe events that attract some of the biggest names in politics and business. This year, the New Statesman will host events across three conferences, bringing together policymakers and thought leaders in an exciting schedule of thought-provoking discussion and debate. With expert panels, Q&As and drinks receptions attended by leading parliamentarians from all sides of the House, New Statesman fringe events are at the cutting edge of the conference calendar.
In this most volatile of years, when all the main party conferences will likely prove to be momentous occasions, join politicians and high-profile figures in local government, charities, NGOs and industry, to discuss the most pressing policy issues and hot political topics of the day.
As Jeremy Corbyn faces his 3rd Conservative Prime Minister and rumours of an imminent general election begin to swirl, Labour’s September conference in Brighton takes on even greater significance. Will the evolution of Labour’s Brexit policy be enough to hold the party together? This year’s conference promises to be one that defines the path of the Party in the years to come, and offers Labour the opportunity to repudiate the infighting and factionalism of previous years, and project itself to the nation as truly a government in waiting.
As usual, the New Statesman and our partners offer a full programme of essential fringe events scheduled over the whole weekend, taking over the iconic i360 building on Brighton waterfront, from the opening party to an exciting series of panel discussions and Q&As.
Despite having barely moved in to Downing Street, Boris Johnson’s premiership may come to be defined by this year’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester. With 31st October the current Brexit deadline, he’ll either be on an election footing, pursuing a No Deal Brexit, or looking to secure another extension from the EU. Whichever path he chooses, an increasingly factional Conservative party with a decreasing majority will struggle to be united – emboldened backbenchers now wield significant power to influence policy. In any event, this year’s gathering of Government Ministers and heads of department will no doubt prove to be politically explosive.
Once again, this year the New Statesman will organise events spanning a variety of policy fields.
With Boris Johnson in Number 10, and a No Deal Brexit looking likelier, the SNP’s case for a second independence referendum is picking up steam.
As British politics looks likely to realign along Remain/Leave lines, will Scotland’s unambiguous Remain outlook aid the SNP? Are the SNP threatened by the election of young Scottish liberal Jo Swinson as leader of the Liberal Democrats?
New Statesman and our partners will cover economic themes at this year’s Annual Party Conference.
So far, the leadership is succeeding in selling Brand Starmer. The problem is it is having less success in selling Brand Labour.
The problem for ministers is that the sensible precautionary measures they take highlight the risks that people are being asked to bear.
A sincere commitment by all parties has enabled parliament to pass a landmark piece of legislation.
The Prime Minister claims “too many care homes didn’t follow procedures” – but his government made the rules.
Wera Hobhouse: If you served in the coalition and describe yourself as centre-left, you must repudiate your involvement with that government.
Keir Starmer’s best hope of becoming prime minister is for the Lib Dems to deny the Conservatives an outright majority.
An organic food grower based in East Sussex writes of the racism she has experienced in her seven years working with nature.
The rise of outdoor socialising has exposed a previously hidden problem: the UK has privatised its toilets.
The rising star's endorsement is a coup for Ed Davey. But it's also a blow to Layla Moran.
The Prime Minister and his advisers seem to be preparing to use their own bungled response to the pandemic as the rationale for reforming the state.