Join us at Conservative Party Conference 2018

2019-01-23T12:01:20+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Event|

Onward will be in Birmingham this year for Conservative Party Conference this year. We are running a small but high calibre programme of events on our core research themes.

Please find a full list of events and links to register your interest below.

Vibrant communities: Taking back control of local politics and growth

Monday 1 October, 12.45 – 2.00 pm
105, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Held in partnership with Power to Change


Robert Jenrick MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions
Bim Alofami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden
Vidhya Alakeson, CEO, Power to Change

Will Tanner, Director, Onward (Chair)

This event will consider ways to devolve power to local communities and how local areas can take greater control of their own futures.

Register your interest for this event online.

New rules for the game: How to regulate the internet

8.00 – 9.30 am, Tuesday 2 October
Media Suite, Birmingham ICC
Held in in partnership with Sky


Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Culture Secretary
Kemi Badenoch MP, Vice Chair for Candidates
Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, doteveryone
David Wheeldon, Group Director, Sky
Will Tanner, Director, Onward (Chair)

This event will consider how Britain can lead the world in digital regulation and balance innovation and citizens’ safety.

How to broaden the reach of the Conservative Party

10.00-11.30 am, Tuesday 2 October
ConservativeHome Tent, Secure Area
Held in partnership with ConservativeHome


Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary
Chris Philp MP, PPS to the Communities Secretary
James Kanagasooriam, Advisory Board Member, Onward
Rachel Wolf, Former Special Adviser to David Cameron and Theresa May

Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair)

This event will explore the challenges facing the Conservative Party brand and debate ways to attract new groups of voters.

Raising our game: How can we improve UK productivity through unlocking regional growth?

12.45 – 2.00 pm, Tuesday 2 October
Room 105, Jury’s Inn Hotel, Broad Street
Held in partnership with the Northern Health Science Alliance


Richard Harrington, Minister for Industrial Strategy
Lord O’Neill, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough and Advisory Board Member, Onward
Hakim Yadi, CEO, Northern Health Science Alliance
Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University 

Will Tanner, Director, Onward (Chair)

This event will debate ways to tackle Britain’s productivity gap by fostering growth in regions like the North and the Midlands.

Register your interest for this event online.

The Onward Drinks Reception

21.00 until late, Tuesday 2 October
By invitation only
Held in partnership with Hanover


Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Foreign Secretary
Ben Bradley MP, Advisory Board Member, Onward

If you have any trouble registering for an event online, please do not hesitate to contact the Onward team on [email protected]