Past Events

Social Reform Conference 2017

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Our annual Bright Blue conference this year will be on the theme of "Social reform". Join us for a day of generating and discussing ideas. The conference will include a keynote speech from The Rt Hon Damian Green MP (First Secretary of State), and break-out sessions with the centre-right's most influential politicians and thinkers. 

12:00 Registration 

12:30 A keynote speech from The Rt Hon Damian Green MP (First Secretary of State) on social reform agenda and followed by a Q&A session

13:30 Networking lunch 

14:30 Break-out sessions I


Ben Howlett (former MP for Bath) 

Neil Carmichael (former MP for Stroud, former Chair of Education Select Committee)

Toby Young (Chief Executive, New Schools Network)

Rupert Myers (Associate Fellow, Bright Blue) (chair) 


Tony Devenish AM 

Alex Morton (Former Housing Adviser, Number 10 Policy Unit) 

Cllr Harry Phibbs (Journalist and Councillor for Hammersmith & Fulham)   

Mark Littlewood (Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs)

Sam Hall (Senior Researcher, Bright Blue) (chair) 

Prison Reform 

Guy Opperman MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion) 

Natasha Porter (CEO, Unlocked Graduates) 

Jonathan Aitken (former Cabinet Minister)

Danny Kruger (Chief Executive, West London Zone)

Diane Banks (Non-executive Director, Bright Blue, & Ambassador, Tempus Novo) (chair) 

15:30 Coffee break 

16:00 Break-out sessions II

International development 

The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP  

Theo Clarke (Director, Conservative Friends of International Development) 

Alastair Harper (Government Relations manager, Unicef)

Phil Clarke (Non-executive Director, Bright Blue) (chair) 

Social integration 

Binita Mehta-Parmar (Director, Modern Britain) 

Sunder Katwala (Director, British Future) 

Mohammed Amin (Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum)

James Dobson (Senior Researcher, Bright Blue) (chair) 

The future of work 

Alan Mak MP (Chair of Fourth Industrial Revolution APPG) 

Sam Bowman (Director, Adam Smith Institute)

Nick Denys (Head of Policy, Conservative Workers and Trade Unionists) 

Anthony Painter (Director of the Action and Research Centre, RSA)

Eamonn Ives (Researcher, Bright Blue) (chair) 

17:15 Members-only Reception 

With The Rt Hon David Lidington MP (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) To become a member, click here.

Guests include MPs, councillors, activists, journalists, business and third sector representatives, and campaigners.

Lunch and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Date: Saturday 1st July 2017 

Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, SW1Y 5AH 

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