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FEPS-Fabian Summer Conference 2018: Labour Vision

Focusing on policy priorities for the next Labour government, the outcome of the May local elections and the road towards Brexit.


Conference triple threat

The FEPS-Fabian Summer conference focused on policy priorities for the next Labour government, the outcome of the May local elections and the road towards Brexit. With sessions on the economy, skills, the environment, defence and more – the conference examined the left’s agenda for change, in the UK and Europe.

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Shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott MP will deliver the opening keynote speech. With rising violent crime and the effects of Conservative police cuts in the news, Diane’s speech promises to be a significant intervention.

Shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer MP will join us for an update on the Brexit negotiations. The Labour party has recently developed its Brexit policy and with key votes coming soon, this is your chance to hear from Keir and ask your questions.

Former Labour leader, Ed Miliband MP will speak in a special ‘in conversation’ event with writer and campaigner Melissa Benn. Ed’s experience as leader, and advocacy on a range of issues since, mean that this will be a highly insightful session

Diane, Keir and Ed were joined by speakers from across the left, including:

Nia Griffith MP (shadow defence secretary), Tracy Brabin MP (shadow early years minister), Jim McMahon MP (shadow local government devolution & finance minister), Alan Whitehead MP (shadow energy & climate change minister), Kate Green MP (Fabian Society chair), Yvette Cooper MP (Changing Work Centre chair), Stella Creasy MP, Ben Bradshaw MP, Angela Eagle MP, Lisa Nandy MP, Lucy Anderson MEP, Lord Roy Kennedy (shadow local government minister), Baroness Glenys Thornton (shadow health minister), Cllr Clare Coghill (leader, Waltham Forest Council), Rokhsana Fiaz (Mayor of Newham), Sonia Adesara (NHS doctor), Brhmie Balaram (RSA), Katy Balls (Spectator), Ivana Bartoletti (Fabian Women’s Network), Melissa Benn (writer & campaigner), Ria Bernard (Young Fabians), David Betz (King’s College), Tom Blenkinsop (Community), Cllr Jason Brock (Fabian Society), Stephen Bush (New Statesman), Hannah Couchman (Liberty), Cllr Joe Dromey (IPPR), Martin Edobor (Fabian Society health network), Rose Gray (Fabian Health Policy Group), Fergus Green (LSE), James Hallwood, Ayesha Hazarika (former Labour advisor), Ursula Huws (University of Hertfordshire), Owen Jones (The Guardian), Deborah Mattinson (Britain Thinks), Charlotte Norton (Anticipations), Vassilis Ntousas (FEPS), Reema Patel (RSA), Fahmida Rahman (Resolution Foundation), Ken Ritchie (Labour for a Republic), Sienna Rodgers (LabourList), Sarah Sackman (Fabian Society exec), Jake Sumner (SERA), Deeba Syed (Young Fabians), Laeticia Thissen (FEPS), Christy Quinn (iDefense), Olivia Varley-Winter (Nuffield Foundation), Reuben Young (PricedOut) and many more.

The sessions at the conference all come with a TV inspired title:

  • The Thick of it: Is Labour on track to win the next general election?
  • Britain’s Got Talent: A skills policy to boost growth and prosperity
  • Blue Planet: Global and local approaches to defending the environment
  • The Local News: What do the local election results mean for Labour?
  • Casualty: Securing the NHS for future generations
  • Spooks: Defence and security in the modern age
  • The Crown: Should the monarchy be reformed?
  • Question Time

This full day conference will be a fantastic opportunity for Fabian members and Labour activists to discuss pressing policy issues, network and debate the future of the left. We’re delighted that LabourList are our media partner for the event.

We hope you can join us, get your tickets now to guarantee your place at the conference.


Online registration is not available for this event


Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott MP has been Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington since 1987 and currently serves as shadow home secretary.


Keir Starmer MP

Keir Starmer is the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras and leader of the Labour party.


Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband is the Labour MP for Doncaster North, the former leader of the Labour party and former energy and climate change secretary.


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