Labour Party Conference Fringe: Cities leading the recovery

This event discussed the future of cities at the Labour Party Conference

Event starts at 9.00-10.00 on 27 September 2021 at Albert Room, The Grand, Brigthon

The UK entered the pandemic as an economically divided country and the events of the past 19 months have made the situation even worse: already high levels of unemployment in struggling areas of the country have been pushed higher. And a new risk has emerged – the levelling down of more affluent parts of the country. 

As restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens, city and national policymakers must focus on delivering the policies that will tackle both these challenges.

At this event, we discussed what mayors and city leaders are doing to help their places recover and thrive, and what more they could do if they were given the powers and resources.

It explored how the insights and experiences of Labour city leaders from across the country should be used by the Labour Party as it develops its offer to the public in readiness for the next general election.

Speakers were:

  • Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council
  • Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Dan Norris, Mayor of West of England

The event will be chaired by Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research at Centre for Cities.

While outside the secure zone, Centre for Cities encourages attendees of this event to adhere to the Covid safety measures set by the organisers of this party conference.

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