Onward at Conservative Party Conference 2020

2020-10-02T13:38:43+00:00 September 21st, 2020|Event, Onward|

We are delighted to announce Onward’s series of Conservative Party Conference fringe events on Sunday 4th and Monday 5th October.

1. Lord Finkelstein in conversation with Douglas Ross MP

Danny Finkelstein will interview Douglas Ross MP, the new Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, on the challenge the Conservatives face in Scotland and the cultural, economic and political case for the Union.

  • Douglas Ross MP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
  • Lord Finkelstein, Chairman of Onward’s Advisory Board

Date: Monday 5th October
Time: 6.00pm – 7.00pm

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2. Forgotten Neighbourhoods and Local Parades

The coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus the importance of place. With changing commuting patterns and social distancing, people have rediscovered neighbourhood networks and institutions. This panel event will consider the role of local businesses and ask how they can support local communities to thrive after the pandemic.

With remarks from:

  • Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets
  • Danny Kruger MP, MP for Devizes
  • Virginia Crosbie MP, MP for Ynys Môn
  • James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS
  • Will Tanner, Director, Onward (C)

Date: Sunday 4th October
Time: 12.30pm – 1.45pm

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This panel discussion is kindly supported by The Association of Convenience Stores.


3. Healthy Boost: Putting Life Sciences innovation at the heart of Levelling Up

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the value of Britain’s world leading life sciences sector and health innovation ecosystem. But as research has shown, funding and public sector activity is heavily geated towards the Golden Triangle. This event will consider how, as the recovery gets underway and life science research and manufacturing becomes more important to maintaining economic activity, we can build on our regional life sciences capabilities to level up the country.

With remarks from:

  • Lord Bethell, Minister for Innovation
  • Dr Kath Mackay, Managing Director, Alderley Park
  • Andrew Griffith MP, MP for Arundel and South Downs
  • Dr Seamus O’Neill, CEO, NHSA
  • Lord O’Shaughnessy, Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Care (C)

Date: Sunday 4th October
Time: 4.00pm – 5.15pm

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This panel discussion is kindly supported by The Northern Health Science Alliance.


4. Hubs and Heartlands : How can policymakers and politicians strengthen
society and regional economies?

Local institutions like libraries, shops and post offices have sat at the heart of almost every community in Britain for decades. They are more than just amenities: they are the place where bills are paid, essentials bought, cheques deposited and cash withdrawn, the places where people meet and relationships are forged. This event will consider the value of local assets to the communities they serve and consider ways to ensure that they are strengthened rather than lost in the wake of the pandemic.

With remarks from:

  • Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
  • John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury
  • Nicola Richards MP, Vice-Chair, APPG for ‘Left Behind’ Neighbourhoods
  • Richard Taylor, Group Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Post Office
  • Will Tanner, Director, Onward (C)
Date: Monday 5th October
Time: 8.45am – 10.00am
This panel discussion is kindly supported by The Post Office.
5. Levelling up, not down: London’s role in regional economic growth

The Government has already announced historic levels of infrastructure investment pledged to reform the Green Book and business rates to breathe economic prosperity into parts of the country that have lagged behind for too long. But what does levelling up mean in practice, and how can we ensure it builds upon rather than undermines existing economic centres, such as London. This panel will explore how to ensure levelling up is not a zero sum game.

With remarks from:

  • Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Catherine McGuinness, Chair, The Policy and Resources Committee, City of London
  • Katherine Fletcher MP, MP for South Ribble
  • Lizzy Burden, Economics Reporter, The Telegraph
  • Anthony Browne MP, MP for South Cambridgeshire (C)

Date: Monday 5th October
Time: 10.15am – 11.45am

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This panel discussion is kindly supported by The City of London.


6. Higher level of ambition: Putting manufacturing and infrastructure
at the heart of the regional recovery

This event will consider how infrastructure investment and manufacturing can form the backbone of the Government’s levelling up agenda, bringing stable, well paid jobs and productive investment to parts of the country that have lacked them for some time. It will consider the implications of regional resurgence on Britain’s electoral geography, following the collapse of the Red Wall in the 2019 General Election and emergence of a different Labour leadership.

With remarks from:

  • Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury
  • Dr Kieran Mullan MP, MP for Crewe and Nantwich
  • Jo Gideon MP, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central
  • Matt Byrne, President, UK & Ireland, Bombardier
  • Neil O’Brien MP, MP for Harborough (C)

Date: Monday 5th October
Time: 3.15pm – 4.30pm

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This panel discussion is kindly supported by Hitachi and Bombardier.

7. Ethical AI: How do we guarantee algorithms are making the right decisions?

The rapid development of AI and machine learning presents a huge opportunity to streamline systems, make businesses more profitable and improve services across industries. Yet questions are frequently raised about how algorithms can make decisions that are reliant on context or empathy and how accountability can be enforced in a world of automated decision making. This panel will consider the ethical and political implications of AI.

With remarks from:

  • Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure
  • Stephen Metcalfe MP, Co-Chairman, APPG on Artificial Intelligence
  • Victoria Espinel, President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Kulveer Ranger, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Communications, Atos
  • Sue Daley, Associate Director of Technology and Innovation, TechUK
  • Will Tanner, Director, Onward (C)

Date: Monday 5th October
Time: 4.45pm – 6.00pm

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This panel discussion is kindly supported by Atos.




If you have any questions regarding the series, please contact [email protected]