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What’s on today at Labour conference: The Spectator guide | 23 September 2019

What's on today at Labour conference: The Spectator guide | 23 September 2019
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Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell takes to the stage in Brighton today. Last year, he made an unashamedly socialist pitch. So expect more of the same. Here are the events to keep an eye on today:

Labour conference:

8:30: Policy Seminars

9:45: Morning Plenary Session: New Economy

John McDonnell's Speech

12:35: Votes

12:45: Break

14:00: Afternoon Plenary Session: New Internationalism

16:20: Votes

Fringe events:

8:00: Brexit and Financial Services

Axel Landin (chair), Hilary Benn MP, Jonathan Reynolds MP, Alison McGovern MP, Neena Gill MEP, Grace Blakeley, Ann Pettifor, Caroline Binham, FT; Wordsworth Room, Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

8:15: No Prayer Breakfast

Aliyah Saleem (chair), Polly Toynbee, Angela Eagle, Clive Lewis (invited); Edinburgh, Hilton Brighton Metropole

10:00: The NHS in a Post-Brexit World

Niall Dickinson (chair), Jon Ashworth MP, Paul Bloomfield MP, Hilary Benn MP, Mike Thompson, Sara Gorton, Fiona Loud; Renaissance Suite, Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront

11:00: Rally for Youth

Kathryn Morley (chair), Diane Abbott MP, Sarah Jones MP, Vicky Foxcroft MP, David Lammy MP, Lloyd Russell Moyle MP, Zamzam Ibrahim, NUS, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, Leigh Middleton; Regency Room, The Old Ship Hotel

11:00 A Socialist Approach to Benefits and Healthcare for Disabled People

Margaret Greenwood, Marsha de Cordova, John McDonnell; Balmoral, Hilton Brighton Metropole

12:00: Media Ownership, Disinformation and Public Security

Omar Begg (chair), Zeeshan Ali, Prof Brian Cathcart, Rachel Shabi; Durham Hall Room 3, Hilton Brighton Metropole

12:30: Labour’s Priorities for a Global Britain

Joe Owen (chair), Barry Gardiner MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Prof Maggie Dallman, Ayesha Hazarika; Durham Hall Room 2, Hilton Brighton Metropole

12:30: New Statesman’s Flagship Event on Brexit

Emily Thornberry MP; Stanmer, Hilton Brighton Metropole

12:30: Labour Rights Under a Labour Government

Carolyn Jones (chair), Laura Pidcock MP, Prof Keith Ewing, Roger McKenzie, Mark Serwotka; Empress, The Grand

12:30: Education is Key to Fighting Racism

Howard Beckett (chair), Len McCluskey, Laura Pidcock MP, Leroy Rosenior; Charlotte, The Grand

12:45: Challenging Racism & the Far Right in the Age of Trump

Steve Hart (chair), Diane Abbott MP, Richard Burgon MP, Sabby Dhalu, Talha Ahmad, David Rosenberg; The Gallery, No 32

13:00: Hope for Human Rights

Matthew Turner (chair), Kate Allen, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Harriet Harman MP, Kolbassi Haoussou; Victoria Terrace, The Grand

13:00: Free Movement and Beyond: A Radical Immigration Policy for Labour

Anna Oppenheim (chair), Clive Lewis MP, Ash Sarkar, Maya Goodfellow, Manuel Cortes; Downstairs in the Underbelly, The Walrus

13:30: Labour’s Next Manifesto: Bridging Divides with Radical Policies

Sienna Rodgers (chair), Lisa Nandy MP, Faiza Shaheen, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP; Pavillion, The Grand

14:00: Solutions in Tackling Violent Youth Crime

Kate Butchart (chair), Louise Haigh, Sadiq Khan; Durham Hall Room 2; Hilton Brighton Metropole

14:30: Game Over – How Should We Respond to a Landscape of Cryptocurrency, Loot Boxes, Skins Betting and a Blurring Line Between Gaming and Gambling: What is the Regulation of Tomorrow

Carolyn Harris MP (chair), Tom Watson MP, Matt Zarb-Cousin, Dr David Zendle, Ibrahim Dogus; Durham Hall Room 3, Hilton Brighton Metropole

15:00: Fairer Welfare: What Should Labour’s Priorities be for a Fairer Welfare State

Claire McNeil (chair), John McDonnell MP, Laura Pidcock MP, Polly Toynbee, Alison Garnham, Harry Quilter-Pinner; Wye, Hilton Brighton Metropole

15:30: Could Low-Income Voters Hold the Key to the Next Election?

Sienna Rodgers (chair), Laura Pidcock MP, Angela Rayner MP, Claire Ainsleym Anand Menon; Pavilion, The Grand

15:30: Does a Class War Matter More than a Culture War?

Sir Robin Wales (chair), Dawn Butler MP, James Bloodworth, Dawn Foster; Durham Hall Room 4, Hilton Brighton Metropole

17:00: The Fake Times: Fake News, Politics, Society and You!

Angela Eagle MP, Tom Watson MP; Preston, Hilton Brighton Metropole

17:00: Change the Rules: How to Build a New Economy

Miatta Fahnbulleh (chair), John McDonnell MP, Ash Sarkar; Fabrica Gallery

17:00: Cannabis & Labour: In Conversation with David Lammy

David Lammy MP; Arundel 2, Holiday Inn

17:15: Speaking up for a Palestine – A Key Part of an Ethical Foreign Policy

Tony Burke (chair), Diane Abbott MP, Richard Burgon MP, Karma Nabulsi, Mick Whelan, Phillipa Harvey, Huda Elmi; Charlotte, The Grand

17:30: Democracy Broken: Can Labour Save Politics from Itself?

Lisa Nandy MP; Lancing 1, Holiday Inn

17:30: Grenfell: Never Again

Kevin Maguire (chair), Emma Dent Coad MP, Matt Wrack; Cambridge, Hilton Brighton Metropole

17:30: Havana Club Reception: Trump: Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela - No to Blockade Sanctions!

Karen Lee (chair); Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre

17:30: Migration and Europe:  How to Build a Fairer System for All

Mike Buckley (chair), Diane Abbott, David Lammy, Kate Green, Claude Moraes; Main Hall, St Paul's Church

17:45: Where Now With Brexit?

John Mills (chair), Kate Hoey, Brendan Chilton, Paul Embery, Graham Stringer; Sandringham Room, Queens Hotel

18:00: The SERA Rally – Climate Emergency: Rapid Response

Melanie Smallman & Jake Sumner (chairs), Keir Starmer MP, Diane Abbott MP, John McDonnell MP, Sue Hayman MP, Clive Lewis MP, Nia Griffith MP, Liam Byrne MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Luke Pollard MP, Rokhsana Fiaz, Laura Parker, Jon Ashworth MP, Andy McDonald MP; The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin

18:00: Tackling Global Inequality: How Can Labour Adopt a Feminist Approach?

Danny Sriskandarajah, Diane Abbott MP; Chartwell, Hilton Brighton Metropole

19:30: Home Office Decision-making and Asylum Claims: Have we Learned the Lessons of Windrush

Fatima Manji (Chair), Diane Abbott, Shami Chakrabarti; Durham Hall Room 2, Hilton Brighton Metropole

19:30: Fixing Finance

John McDonnell, Grace Blakely; Charlotte, The Grand

20:00: Labour Party Irish Society Conference Reception

Adrian O’Neill, Irish Ambassador to the UK, Brendan Howlin TD, Leader of the Irish Labour Party, Claire Hanna MLA, SDLP, Frances O’Grady, Conor McGinn MP, Stella Creasy MP; Arundel Suite, Holiday Inn