Conservative Party Conference Fringe: Cities in 2020 – money, power, elections

Join us for our fringe debate at Conservative Conference.

Event starts at 12.30 on 30 September 2019 at Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Next year could mark a watershed for British cities with the promised end to austerity (which our research shows hit cities the hardest), and a test for devolution with some of the first tranche of Metro Mayors facing re-election.

With Westminster still paralysed by Brexit, this event will highlight how cities have done their best to step up and do what they can with limited power and resources. And, with current funding set to run out, it will also be a chance to reflect on the impact of uncertainty on city budgets:

  • Can the Spending Review really mean an end to austerity?
  • Will the UK Shared Prosperity Fund just mean more centralisation?
  • Will the devolution framework turn its back on cities?

This event in Manchester will be chaired by Andrew Carter, our chief executive, and will hear from:

  • Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Neil O’Brien OBE MP
  • James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Join us at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate in Manchester from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Monday 30 September.

This event is free to attend and no registration is required.

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