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Conservative party conference, day one: The Spectator guide | 30 September 2018

Conservative party conference, day one: The Spectator guide | 30 September 2018
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The Conservatives return to Birmingham and Theresa May has defied some predictions by even making it this far. But can she keep the show on the road? Or will the Tory party conference be as big a disaster as last year's gathering? Here are the highlights to keep an eye out for today:

Conference listings:

10.00 – 12.00

Hall 1, ICC Birmingham


14.00 – 14.45

Symphony Hall


Chairman of the Conservative Party

Mayor of the West Midlands

14.45 – 16.30

Symphony Hall


Secretary of State for International Trade

Secretary of State for International Development

Secretary of State for Defence

Secretary of State for Foreign Commonwealth Affairs

16.30 – 17.30

Symphony Hall


For Party Members only

Chairman of the Conservative Party

Fringe events:

15:45: Greener UK in conversation with Michael Gove

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Tanya Steele;

Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Andante

15:45: How can Conservatives deliver great places?

Katy Balls, Political Correspondent, The Spectator (Chair); Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands; Tim Bowles, Mayor of the West of England; Ruth Davison, Executive Director of Public Impact, National Housing Federation; Nathan Yeowell, Head of Policy and External Affairs, New Philanthropy Central; Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies;

ICC Birmingham, Hall 8a

4:30: The Future of Conservatism: In Conversation With Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

Robert Colvile, Director - Centre for Policy Studies (Chair); Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, former Secretary of State for International Development; ICC Birmingham: Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall)

17.30: Joint Institutes in conversation on Diversity and Skills in the Built Environment (Drinks Reception) 

Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConservativeHome (Chair); Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education; Centenary Square, ConservativeHome Marquee

 17.45: "Making a Success of Brexit" - The BrexitCentral Conference Rally

Jonathan Isaby (Editor, BrexitCentral) (Chair); Jacob Rees-Mogg MP (Brexit Select Committee); Daniel Hannan MEP (MEP for South East England); Priti Patel MP (Former Cabinet Minister); Ross Thomson MP (MP for Aberdeen South); Andrea Jenkyns MP (Brexit Select Committee); ICC Birmingham, Hall 5

17:45: Are the Conservatives still the party of law and order?

Isabel Oakeshott, Journalist (Chair); Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary (invited); Lord Hogan- Howe QPM, former Met Police Commissioner (invited); London Mayoral Candidate (TBC); Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Symphony Ballroom

17.45: Living Within Our Means: An Agenda for Public Spending Savings presented by the Rt Hon Liz Truss MP

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury (Chair); ICC Birmingham, Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall)

18.00: “A Manifesto for London”

Conservative London Mayoral Candidate (Chair); Crowne Plaza Hotel, Central Square, Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1HH, Vista Suite

18.00: Annual Conservative Friends of Cyprus Reception

Mr Jason Charalambous (Chair); Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs; HE Euripides Evriviades, High Commisioner for the Republic of Cyprus; Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, CFCyprus President; Dr Ian Twinn, CF Cyprus Vice-President; Mr Tony Yerolemou, CFCyprus Patron; Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Concerto

19.00: New Generation Reception

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department; ICC Birmingham, Level 4 Foyer (Symphony Hall)

 19.30: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Reception

Rt Hon Ruth Davidson MSP (Chair); ICC Birmingham, Hall 8

19.30: TRG & Mainstream: One Nation Conservatives Reception

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Mainstream Chair (Chair); Owen Meredith, TRG National Chairman; Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP; Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Soprano

 19.45: Britain's post-Brexit immigration system

Cathy Newman (Journalist, Channel 4) (Invited) (Chair); Senior Cabinet Minister (Invited); Sir Andrew Green (Chair, MigrationWatch UK) (Invited); Ryan Shorthouse (Director, Bright Blue); Daniel Hannan MEP (Columnist, Daily Telegraph) (Invited); Moira Sinclair (Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation); Jury's Inn Birmingham, Room 112

20.00: The Future of Britain post 2022 

Jack Blanchard, POLITICO’s London Playbook Editor (Chair); Rt Hon David Davis, Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union; ICC Birmingham, Hall 9

21.00: Conservative Voice Drinks Reception

Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP; ICC Birmingham, Castle Fine Art Gallery

21:30: Drink Tank

Ryan Shorthouse (Director, Bright Blue) (Chair); The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP (Home Secretary); Hyatt Regency Birmingham, Andante