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

Join us for our fringe debate at Labour Conference.

Event starts at 12.30 on 23 September 2019 at GB1 Terrace, Grand Hotel Brighton

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 Brighton will be chaired by Andrew Carter, our chief executive, and will hear from:

  • Jim McMahon OBE MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Devolution
  • Clive Betts MP, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee
  • Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham
  • Lewis Herbert, Leader, Cambridge City Council

Other speakers are to be confirmed so please check this page for updates.

Join us at the Grand Hotel in Brighton from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Monday 23 September.

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

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