Policy Exchange at Labour Party Conference

Monday 21st September, 13:00

Policing protests:

Is the balance right between the right to protest and the rule of law?

In light of wide scale disruption orchestrated by Extinction Rebellion and other movements over the last few years, Policy Exchange has been leading the debate as to where the rights of protesters end and the rights of ordinary citizens to go about their lives uninterrupted begins. The panel will discuss issues such as how protests should be policed, whether new legislation is required in light of the latest non-violent but unlawful protesting techniques and the responsibilities of political authorities to ensure people can continue to go about their daily lives.
Monday 21st September, 15:00

Useful, Beautiful and Forever: 

Why the Left should lead again on building beautifully

Policy Exchange has recently led the call for beauty to form a core part of UK planning reform. This panel will discuss the British Left’s great tradition of championing beauty, and investigate how it could continue that tradition today, especially in the context of the current debate about creating homes.
Monday 21st September, 17:00

What is Labour’s agenda for the Red Wall?

The 2019 General Election saw seats that had been Labour since their creation vote Conservative, the so-called Red Wall crumbled. Boris Johnson regularly touts these newly Conservative constituencies as an integral part of his vision for reforming the UK. This panel will discuss how Keir Starmer and the Labour party can win back the Red Wall, and what are the wider implications for the Labour movements agenda in doing so.
Tuesday 22nd September, 9:00

Labour’s strategy for China and the Indo-Pacific:

New leadership, rooted in our values and aligned with our interests

Policy Exchange is home to the international commission on the Indo-Pacific including diplomats, politicians and military and civil leaders drawn from the United Kingdom, the United States and across the Indo-Pacific. It seeks to write the blueprint for a new strategic approach to the region, examining questions of trade, diplomacy, politics, defence and security that centre on the Indo-Pacific. This panel will discuss the strategic imperatives of our relationships to China and the Indo-Pacific.
Tuesday 22nd September, 10:30

Post-Covid UK Economy:

Should we look to Germany?

Recently Policy Exchange’s economics team have written on the unprecedented challenge facing the economy, including aspects relevant to this discussion, such as the role of infrastructure in economic development, and we are keen to continue this lively debate. The panel will discuss issues such as the new German policy of creating ‘national champions’, whether German labour market institutions are something the UK should replicate, and whether the UK should be tougher on foreign takeovers of promising British companies.
Tuesday 22nd September, 12:00

How will Labour support the UK’s post-Brexit Foreign and Defence Policy?

As the UK undergoes its greatest political transition in the past half-century important questions regarding Britain’s place in the world are being considered. There is room for distinct party-political positions as well as a chance of greater cross-party consensus on foreign and defence policy. This panel will discuss the strategic priorities of new international agreements in the wake of Brexit, the remit of the current Integrated Review, the role of the newly combined FCDO, and how we might strengthen the impact of the several multilateral international institutions of which Britain is part.
Tuesday 22nd September, 15:00

Too many graduates, too few workers: 

How should higher education adapt to a shrinking knowledge economy?

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us something we ought already to have known: that care workers, supermarket shelf-stackers, delivery drivers and cleaners are doing essential work that keeps us all alive, fed and cared for. They are now lauded as ‘key workers’, but why have they been so chronically undervalued?
In recent decades how we value work and workers has become deeply biased towards academic standards. Cognitive ability has become the gold standard of human esteem. As recently as the 1970s most people left school without qualifications, but now 40 per cent of all jobs are graduate-only. In this central struggle for status and dignity in the twenty-first century education will be at the forefront of reshaping societies priorities.