Upcoming Events

Energy and Climate Change Forum

Bright Blue’s Forums are an opportunity for those on the centre-right to come together to chat about politics and discuss policy.

The focus of the Energy and Climate Forum is to share ideas for solving these inter-connected issues where the focus is on promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and consumer choice. The intention of the forum is to produce dynamic market-centred policies for the future of energy supply and dealing with both the causes and consequences of climate change.

Date: 18:30-20:00, Monday, 23 February 2015

Venue: The Old Star (downstairs), 66 Broadway, London, SW1H 0DB 

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Pre-election debate on infrastructure

This cross-party debate, hosted by Bright Blue and IPPR, will focus on Britain's infrastructure.

The next government's decisions about HS2, other rail networks, airport expansion and communications infrastructure will have important implications for Britain’s economic competitiveness which must be balanced against fiscal and environmental costs. This high-profile event will define the contours of the debate on infrastructure before the election campaign and set out priorities for the next five years of government.  

Speakers include Lord Michael Heseltine (Former Deputy Prime Minister), Chris Leslie MP (Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury), Amelia Womack (Deputy Leader of the Green Party), UKIP spokesperson (invited), Liberal Democrat spokesperson (invited), Anushka Asthana, (Political Correspondent, Sky News) (Chair)

Date: Wednesday 25th February 2015, 15:00-17.00

Venue: The Association of British Insurers (ABI), 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HQ

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Bright Blue and Fabian Society conference: A future without poverty

This conference will focus on building a cross-party consensus on the attributes of and solutions for twenty-first century poverty. The day will include:

• A keynote speech from the Rt Hon Alan Milburn (Chair, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission).

• A plenary panel debate and Question Time event with high-profile politicians and opinion formers from across the political spectrum.

• A Dragons' Den event with high-profile judges questioning the representatives of different innovative interventions across the UK to mitigate poverty.

• Break-out sessions led by a range of speakers on the following themes: good jobs; social exclusion and loneliness; stronger families in a twenty-first century world; the future of welfare reform; and young people's skills for the future. 

Confirmed speakers include the Rt Hon Alan Milburn (Chair, Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission), Jeremy Lefroy MP (Chair, Conservative Social Capital Commission), the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP (Shadow Minister for Employment), Charlie Elphicke MP (PPS to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions), Philip Collins (Columnist, The Times), Shaun Bailey (Former Advisor to the Prime Minister on youth policy), Nicola Smith (Head of Economic and Social Affairs, TUC), Cllr Gary Porter (Leader, LGA Conservative group) and many more.

Date: 10:00-17:00, Monday 2nd March, 2015

Venue: Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ

Refreshments will be served throughout the day

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A winning formula for young people

This conference will stimulate new thinking about solutions to the challenges faced by young people and will help to raise the profile of the issues. The event will include:

• A keynote speech from Nick Gibb MP (Minister for Education)      

• Panel discussions on employment and education; housing; and political and civic engagement  

• A networking lunch

Confirmed speakers include Dominic Raab MP (member of the Education Select Committee), Chloe Smith MP, Campbell Robb (CEO of Shelter), Michael Lynas (CEO of National Citizen Service), Rafael Behr (columnist, The Guardian) and many more.

This conference will bring together politicians, decision makers, opinion formers, campaigners and young people themselves ahead of the General Election to find solutions to the unique economic and social challenges which today's under-30s face.

Date: Monday 16 March 2015, 09:15-14:30

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Lunch and refreshments will be served

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