Labour Party Conference Roundtable: Cities of Glass Ceilings?

This roundtable will be an opportunity to explore how cities can support and encourage inclusive growth.

Event starts at 08:30am-09:30am on 24 September 2018 at Contact for details

As local and national policy-makers grapple with how to improve social mobility across the country, cities are in a unique position to support businesses to grow and create jobs, to help schools improve their education performance and ensure skills providers deliver training that better fits with the needs of their local jobs markets.

But if cities enable and drive growth, they don’t distribute it equitably; many people and many places are left behind. The new urban job market is often divided between high-skill, high-pay knowledge workers and low-skill, low-pay service workers.

Knowledge workers may be renewing once-blighted post-industrial success cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds but many of the country’s smaller industrial cities such as Blackburn, Burnley and Sunderland continue to struggle.  And as you well know, even rich cities like Bristol have entrenched poverty.  Needless to say, these trends are politically, economically and socially unsustainable.

This roundtable will explore these issues in a senior level, private discussion with speakers Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central and Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford. Attendance is by invitation only, contact Rita Beden on for information.

There is an opportunity to partner with us at this roundtable, for more information contact Toni Darton, Head of Fundraisng on