Think Tent 2018

The TPA and the IEA are hosting a programme of thought-provoking panel discussions and interviews at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this year. 

An essential stop for politicians, journalists, policy makers, and activists interested in free market ideas, Think Tent promises to be one of the go-to places during the conference. 

This year's line up is below. 

We hope you can join us in Birmingham. 

Please note Think Tent is inside the secure zone and therefore requires formal accreditation to attend. 

 

Sunday, 30th September

14.30-15.45
A future without HS2: The Great British Transport Competition
hosted by the TaxPayers' Alliance

Chair: Harry Fone, Grassroots Manager, TaxPayers’ Alliance

Speaker: Craig Tracey MP, North Warwickshire


18.00-19.15
An Ideal US-UK Free Trade Agreement
hosted by The Heritage Foundation & Initiative for Free Trade 

Speakers:
Ted Bromund, Senior Research Fellow, Anglo-American Relations, The Heritage Foundation
Daniel Hannan MEP, President, Initiative for Free Trade
Daniel Ikenson, Head of Trade Policy, Cato Institute
Shanker Singham, Director, International Trade and Competition Unit, Institute for Economic Affairs


Monday, 1st October

9.15-10.30
What does business want after Brexit?
hosted by the TaxPayers' Alliance

Chair: John O'Connell, Chief Executive, TaxPayers' Alliance

Speakers:
Helen Dickinson, CEO, British Retail Consortium
Lance Forman, Owner, H. Forman & Son Smoked Salmon
Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance


11.00-12.15

Energy security: is shale gas better for Britain?
hosted by UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG)

Chair: John O’Connell, Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance

Speakers:
Mike Bradshaw, Professor of Global Energy, Warwick University
Ken Cronin, Chief Executive, UKOOG
Natascha Engel, Director, PYC and former Labour MP for NE Derbyshire
Stuart Fegan, GMB Union
Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth


12.45-14.00

Housing policies to promote inter-generational fairness
hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Kate Andrews, Associate Director, Institute of Economic 
Affairs

Speakers: 
Sam Collins, Age Endeavour
Siobhain McDonagh MP
John Myers, YIMBY
Priti Patel MP (invited)


14.30-15.45
Automating the public sector
hosted by the TaxPayers' Alliance

Chair: Andrew Allum, Chairman, TaxPayers' Alliance

Speakers:
George Freeman MP, Chair, Conservative Policy Forum
Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst, TaxPayers' Alliance
Alok Sharma MP, Minister for Employment
Cllr Edward Smith, Deputy Leader, Conservative Group, Enfield Council


16.15-17.30
In conversation with... the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
hosted by the TaxPayers' Alliance and the Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Iain Dale, LBC presenter


18.00-19.15
Next-generation capitalism: attitudes to freedom and progress
hosted by Freer & Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Rebecca Lowe, Director, FREER

Speakers: 
Ben Bradley MP
Luke Graham MP
Rachel Maclean MP
Lee Rowley MP


Tuesday, 2nd October

8.00-9.00
Cutting council tax with tighter budgets
hosted by the TaxPayers' Alliance

Chair: Harry Fone, Grassroots Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance    

Speakers:
Cllr Sean Anstee, Leader of the Opposition, Trafford Council
Andrew Bridgen MP, North West Leicestershire
Cllr Ferris Cowper, East Hampshire District Council
Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Opposition, Kingston Council


9.15-10.30
Global trade: Producers vs Consumers. Where does the balance lie?
hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs

Speakers: 
Steve Baker MP
Liam Halligan, Economist, journalist & broadcaster (invited)
Victoria Hewson, Senior Counsel, Institute of Economic Affairs
Gerald Mason, Tate and Lyle


11.00-12.15

The Flexible Economy: Is the Conservative Party still standing up for the self-employed?
hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs

Speakers:
Michelle Dewbery (invited)
Rachel Maclean MP
Simon McVicker, IPSE
Alok Sharma MP, Minister for Employment


12.45-14.00
Should we keep the European Arrest Warrant as we leave the EU?
hosted by the Federalist Society

Chair: 
Alex Deane, Head of Public Affairs UK, FTI Consulting

Speakers:
David Campbell Bannerman MEP
Martin Howe QC
Joe Owen, Associate Director, Institute for Government


14.30-15.45
In conversation with ... the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
hosted by Freer & Institute of Economic Affairs


16.15-17.30
High time to legalise cannabis?
hosted by the Institute of Economic Affairs

Chair: Nerissa Chesterfield, Head of Comms, Institute of Economic Affairs

Speakers:
Crispin Blunt MP
Luke Graham MP
Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Tim Stanley. Leader writer, Daily Telegraph


18.00-19.15
How do we get value from the aid budget?
hosted by the TaxPayers' Alliance

Chair: Andy Silvester, Head of PR and Leader Writer, The Sun 

Speakers:
Ian Birrell, Columnist and Foreign Correspondent
Theo Clarke, Founder & CEO, Coalition for Global Prosperity
Pauline Latham MP, International Development Committee
Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
James Price, Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance