With a new leader and Prime Minister in Theresa May, a cataclysmic shake-up of its big beasts after the fall of Cameron and Osborne, and the shadow of Brexit over everything, the 2016 Conservative Party conference in Birmingham will be an interesting – and possibly dramatic – four days.
Everything kicks off at 2pm on the Sunday with a welcome session, followed by “Global Britain: Making a Success of Brexit”, in which the Prime Minister, David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), Priti Patel (Secretary of State for International Development) and Boris Johnson (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) will lay out their vision for the UK without the EU. The day’s events end with “Meet the Chairman” at 4:45pm.
Monday at the Conservative Conference 2016 opens with “An Economy That Works For Everyone” at 10:30am. There’s a mystery unnamed panel at 2:30pm featuring Karen Bradley (Culture, Media and Sport), Andrea Leadsom (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and Liam Fox (International Trade), then at 4:30pm there’s a planning session for the next election which is open to party members only (and could reveal some clues about when the next election will be).
Tuesday starts with “Celebrating The Union” at 10.30am, followed at 11am by “A Society that Works for Everyone” (Defense, Justice and Home Affairs) and then at 2:30pm there’s a second panel on the same theme with a different cast (Work and Pensions, Health and Education). Finally at 4:30pm party members discuss why they joined the Conservative Party in a session called “A Party that Works for Everyone”.
Wednesday picks up the same theme at 10am, this time with Tory MPs. At 10:30am the Leader of the House of Lords and the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives take on the subject of “Country that Works for Everyone”. Finally, the conference will be rounded off by the Prime Minister’s speech.