Conservative party conference fringe: the future of urban leadership

Join us,the University of Warwick, and the new Conservative metro mayors at our party conference fringe

Event starts at 2pm on 3 October 2017 at Committee Room 2, Manchester Town Hall

The 2017 Autumn Party Conferences will be the first in which six powerful new urban leaders have been elected. To celebrate the success of this transformation of UK city governance, Centre for Cities and the University of Warwick will bring together the elected mayors representing the relevant political party alongside experts in the fields of transport, housing and skills policy – areas where the mayors have the most power to deliver change.

The event will combine quick pitches from each of the experts as well as further audience questions directed at the mayors. By bringing together the people with the best ideas for forward-looking policy, we hope the event will be both lively and offer the mayors a chance to respond with new ideas to real challenges – demonstrating the power and scope of the mayoral model as a whole.


Andy Street, West Midlands Metro Mayor
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Metro Mayor
Tim Bowles, West of England Metro Mayor


Michele Dix, Managing Director of Crossrail 2, Transport for London
Toby Lloyd, Head of Policy, Shelter
Prof Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick


Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

This event is free and outside the secure conference zone. Registration is not required.


Supported by the University of Warwick