Policy Exchange at Conservative Party Conference
Saturday 3rd October, 11.00 – 12.00
Fuelling the future:
Hydrogen’s role in supporting the low-carbon economy
Saturday 3rd October, 12.15 – 13.15
What do we want from the Civil Service?
Saturday 3rd October, 14.30 – 15.30
Tech for Growth:
Upscaling the UK’s Digital and Data Infrastructure for a post-pandemic world
Saturday 3rd October, 16.00 – 17.00
Is Academic Freedom at risk?
Sunday 4th October 10.00 – 11.15
Patchwork Quilt or Powerhouse?
How to make the NHS a global leader in clinical trials
The benefits of the NHS as a single-payer system are often held up as a source of national pride. Yet when it comes to hosting clinical trials, the complexities of navigating the NHS make it less attractive compared to international counterparts. The result is that people in the UK living with a range of conditions – from dementia to rare diseases – are sometimes missing out on accessing the most innovative medicines.
Sunday 4th October, 15.00 – 16.00
Making the Jobs-market work:
Labour market lessons from the past
The remarkable strength of the UK labour market has been labelled a ‘jobs miracle.’ When comparable European economies were facing an exodus of jobless young people, the UK enjoyed record low unemployment figures, particularly in the last few years. Today, as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end, and with an uncertain economic outlook, the country faces potentially daunting challenges last faced the 1980s, when at the height of the crisis unemployment passed three million.
Monday 5th October, 09.00 – 10.00
The Best and the Rest:
Is the cognitive meritocracy driving us apart?
Monday 5th October, 10.30 – 11.15
What are the lessons from COVID for the Government’s hospital building programme?
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in conversation with Dean Godson, Director of Policy Exchange
Monday 5th October, 13.00 – 14.00
The Integrated Review:
What is Britain’s place in the world?
Brexit presents an opportunity to reconsider Britain’s place in the world. The Integrated Review is the largest review of the UK’s foreign, defence, security and development policy since the end of the Cold War. This panel will discuss some of the most important issues the review is currently considering, including what the international strategic opportunities and challenges facing the UK are.
Monday 5th October, 14.15 – 15:15
Reform or Revolution:
How should the Union change to survive?
The Union of the four nations of the United Kingdom has proved both successful and durable as an arrangement of state, but in the past two decades the Union has faced significant challenges and changes. This is a moment of opportunity to strengthen the Union through investment, devolution, and more engaged partnerships between the different communities. This panel will discuss the existential threats facing the Union, the challenges of Brexit and the third decade of devolution.
Monday 5th October, 15.30 – 16.30
Human Rights Law and Parliamentary Democracy:
An Anglo-Australian conversation
The Human Rights Act came into force 20yrs ago. It is widely thought to have had a significant impact on UK constitutional law and practice, including judicial culture more generally. The Government is reportedly soon to initiate a review of the Act, which may culminate in its amendment or repeal. Policy Exchange is pleased to host a conversation between Hon George Brandis QC, former Attorney General of Australia, and Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP, former Attorney General of England and Wales.