After visiting a very wet and windswept Brighton, the CAF Policy and Campaigns Team have re-packed their bags, sewn back on errant glittery buttons and headed north to Manchester for the second leg our party political conference tour.
Monday 1st October 2012
If the weather on the south coast for Liberal Democrat party conference was unexpected, the advent of a shower or two in Manchester will be less surprising in a city notorious for being a bit damp.
Still, Manchester is also a city that can boast of having made it’s mark on the rest of the UK. From a powerhouse of textile production during the industrial revolution to the vanguard of late eighties and nineties indie and dance music Mancunians can be proud of their heritage and their ability to host the major political parties with both Labour and the Conservatives visiting recently.
This year, Labour return to the scene where Ed Miliband narrowly beat his brother to win the leadership of his party in 2010 and whilst the scars of that battle have gone some way towards being healed, there are other issues playing on the mind of both the party faithful and their leader.
It’s apt that Manchester was the birthplace of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), as Ed Miliband continues to perform a delicate balancing act between running a party mainly funded by the trade union movement, supporting them against government cuts and keeping them at arms length when they threaten a general strike.
The mid-term polls look good for Labour and if they continue to do so, attention at this Conference will surely switch to Ed Miliband’s vision for Britain in 2015 and the parties future policies either on their own or as part of a coalition government.
So to influence the policy agenda (and provide a little light relief) CAF has swapped our gold sparkly jackets for red ones and set up in the Manchester Central exhibition centre to see whether Labour delegates have better memories than Lib Dems’ when they come to play our Generation Game.
As before, there is a top prize of a £50 charitable donation to a charity of the winner’s selection which will be given out on Wednesday 3rd October.
On Monday we’ll be excited for the opportunity to talk policy with some insightful speakers. It’ll also be an opportunity to hear people’s opinions and perspectives on Professor Sarah Smith’s research.
Boomers then Bust: Is Giving a Generation Game?
When: Monday 1st October, 17:30 – 19:00
Where: Unite the Union Marquee, Manchester Central (inside the secure zone)
Speakers: Toby Helm, Political Editor The Observer (Chair), Gareth Thomas MP for Harrow West, Lisa Nandy MP for Wigan, Professor Sarah Smith, University of Bristol, John Low, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation.
Come along for a lively debate, refreshments and the chance to question the panel.