We have just bid farewell to the Labour Party conference in a particularly wet Manchester, concluding the second leg of CAF Policy and Campaigns Team party conference tour. Next up is Birmingham and the Conservatives, the last but by no means least of our trips to engage with politicians about giving among different generations.
Monday 8th October 2012
Birmingham is often called Britain’s second city, a reputation gained from having the largest population outside London. For the next few days, it will swell a little bit more as grassroots Conservative members, politicians, lobbyists and journalists descend on the ICC for their annual conference.
It would be fair to say that Birmingham isn’t as politically friendly to the Conservatives as it might be. Eight of ten MPs are Labour and so are nearly three quarters of the council – a council that until recently was a Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition that pre-dated the current Government. Still, it is these kinds of urban areas that David Cameron and his party will want to make inroads into at the next election in 2015 if they hope to achieve the majority they missed out on last time.
Life in a Coalition government has not been plain sailing for the membership of the Conservative party and they will be hoping that this mid-term conference will give them a shot in the arm and potential poll boost, as well as reinforcing their influence over the Liberal Democrats.
They go into it having recently reshuffled their key Ministers, but still dealing with the fallout from Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell’s rant at a police officer and the poor handling of the West Coast rail franchise. The former has chosen not to attend in case he proved a distraction, but the latter is likely to provide one anyway.
David Cameron is an Aston Villa fan, but he’ll be hoping that the blues in Birmingham give him a good hearing and that he can show the country that his party are on the right track to deliver on their promises to tackle the economy, reform the NHS and revolutionise education.
We’ve packed up our blue sparkly jackets and camped up near the ICC to talk about whether giving is a generation game and test the memory of the Conservative Party with our interactive 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 Tuesday 9th October.
On Tuesday we’ll be excited for the opportunity to talk policy with some insightful speakers. It’ll also be another opportunity to hear people’s opinions and perspectives on Professor Sarah Smith’s research.
Conservative Fringe event
Boomers then Bust: Is Giving a Generation Game?
When: Tuesday 9th October, 17:30 – 19:00
Where: ICC Exec Room 7, (inside the secure zone)
Speakers: Toby Helm, Political Editor the Observer (Chair), Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Rory Stewart MP for Penrith and the Border, 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!