Party Conference

SMF at 2021 Party Conferences

The SMF hosted events as part of this year’s Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party Conferences.

All public fringe events are now available to watch on the SMF YouTube channel.

Liberal Democrat Party Conference

Monday 20 September 2021

Roundtable on local government and climate resilience

This roundtable will discuss local climate resilience on the road to Net Zero.

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)


Contributors:
Catherine McGuinness, Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, City of London Corporation
Wera Hobhouse MP, Spokesperson for Climate Emergency and Energy

Kindly supported by the City of London Corporation

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Labour Party Conference

Sunday 26 September 202116:30

The future of gambling reform

Speakers:
Carolyn Harris MP, Chair, Gambling Related Harm APPG
Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic
Matt Zarb-Cousin, Director, Clean Up Gambling
Dr James Noyes, Senior Fellow, SMF

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Gloucester Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole (inside the secure zone)

Watch the event here.

In partnership with

Monday 27 September 202110:00

Poverty, insurance and fairness: how to make sure people on low incomes get a fair deal in the insurance market

Speakers:
Matt Rodda MP
, Shadow Minister for Pensions
Marina Ahmad, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, and London Assembly Labour Group Spokesperson for the Economy
Martin Coppack, Director, FairByDesign
Hilary Salt, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: The Snug, Brighton Harbour Hotel

Watch the event here.

Kindly supported by The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Monday 27 September 202112:00

Building a winning coalition: New evidence about the electoral centre ground

Speakers:
Stephen Kinnock MP, Chair, Renaissance
Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer, The Observer
Adam Drummond, Associate Director, Opinium

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Durham Hall Room 1, Hilton Brighton Metropole (inside the secure zone)

Watch the event here.

In partnership with Opinium

Monday 27 September 202114:30

Better business: How Labour can encourage companies to do more for people and the planet

Speakers:
Seema Malhotra MP, Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers
Paul Lindley, Founder, Ella’s Kitchen
Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: The Snug, Brighton Harbour Hotel

Watch the event here.

This event is held in collaboration with the Better Business Act.

Tuesday 28 September 202109:30

How can we seize the opportunities of the digital revolution to deliver better work for those in creative industries?

Speakers:
Alison McGovern MP, Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries and Sport
Dr Anita Greenhill, Senior Lecturer, The University of Manchester
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, CEO, UK Music
Helen Milner OBE, Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation

Chair:
James Kirkup,
Director, SMF

Venue: Ashdown 1, Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront

Watch the event here.

Kindly supported by Policy@Manchester

Conservative Party Conference

Monday 04 October 2021

Net Zero and Levelling Up – Delivering a green recovery where no one is left behind

This event is by invitation only as spaces are limited. If you are interested in attending, please email saskia@smf.co.uk

Contributors:
Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Kindly supported by ScottishPower

Monday 04 October 202110:00

How to harness the digital healthcare revolution to tackle health inequalities

Speakers:
George Freeman MP,
Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
Lord Bethell of Romford 
Professor Arpana Verma, Clinical Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, The University of Manchester
Helen Milner OBE, Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation
Tim Barker, CEO, Kooth

Chair: 
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Private Room 19&20, The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Watch the event here.

Kindly supported by Policy@Manchester

Monday 04 October 202111:00

The Great Risk Transfer: how to ensure people make the best of financial freedoms

Speakers:
Nigel Mills MP, Chair, APPG on Pensions & Member of the Work and Pensions Committee
Hilary Salt, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Peter Tutton, Head of Policy, StepChange Debt Charity

Venue: Private Room 17, The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Watch the event here.

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Kindly supported by The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Monday 04 October 202112:00

Gambling and the Red Wall: traditional pastime or modern menace?

Speakers: 
Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP
Richard Holden MP
Dr Heather Wardle,
Adam Smith Lord Kelvin Reader in Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Carl Shoben, Director of Strategic Communications, Survation

Chair: 
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Private Room 19&20, The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Watch the event here.

Monday 04 October 202114:00

Reimagining corporate purpose: how business can help restore faith in markets

Speakers:
Jesse Norman MP
Alexander Stafford MP, Chair of the APPG for Environmental, Social, and Governance
Katja Hall, Chief Corporate Affairs and Marketing Officer, Capita
Douglas Lamont, CEO, Innocent Drinks & Co-Chair, The Better Business Act Campaign

Chair: 
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Private Room 19&20, The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Watch the event here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Kindly supported by Capita

Monday 04 October 202115:30

Taking centre stage: new evidence about the electoral centre ground

Claire Coutinho MP
Camilla Tominey
, Associate Editor, The Telegraph
Adam Drummond, Associate Director, Opinium

Chair:
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Private Room 19&20, The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Watch the event here.

In partnership with Opinium

Tuesday 05 October 202108:30 (refreshments from 08:15)

Can pensions save the planet?

Speakers: 
Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
Gareth Davies MP, Treasury Select Committee
Caroline Escott, Senior Investment Manager, RPMI Railpen
Nigel Peaple, Director of Policy and Research, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

Chair: 
James Kirkup, Director, SMF

Venue: Exchange 4 & 5, Manchester Central (secure zone)

Watch the event here.

Kindly supported by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

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