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Labour Policy Review: Phase 1 Update

Labour Policy Review: Phase 1 Update

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This is a summary of the first 9 months of events and activities that ran alongside the policy development work of the three shadow cabinet groups on economy, society and politics.
This is a summary of the first 9 months of events and activities that ran alongside the policy development work of the three shadow cabinet groups on economy, society and politics.

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Labour Policy Review events: Phase 1.
On Tuesday 18 June, 50 people met to discuss Policy Making in Governmentand
Opposition. Nick Pearce, James O’Shaugnessy and Polly Mackenzie
assessed their experience running policy processes in and out of government.This brought to a conclusion the events associated with the first phase of 
Labour’s
policy review. This is a summary of the first 9 months of events andactivities that ran alongside the policy development work of the three shadowcabinet groups on economy, society and politics.
Events
In the last 9 months the Policy Review has run over 40 debates and paneldiscussions. A conference was organised in April with Queen Mary, Universityof London, Bristol University, Labour List and Political Quarterly. An onlinedebate was organised on Labour List between 12 November
 –
18 Novemberwith over 40 contributors . A selection was published in an ebook, 
.
 
The
One Nation Register 
was set up to communicate ideas and to promoteevents. We started with 400 subscribers and have now reached 1000. It goesout twice a month to all MPs, Peers, policy advisers and party workers. 18articles have been published as well as links added to many more published onother sites.Tim Soutphommasane, author of 
The Virtuous Citizen
came over from Australiaand academic Danielle Allen from the US to participate in the policy reviewand their involvement was reported in profiles in the New Statesman. Thereview also hosted Carlos Saavedra, National Field Coordinator of United weDream in the U.S.
 
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Events roughly divided into two types. There were larger debates and paneldiscussions on politics usually involving 60-150 attendees. For example therewas a series of three debates on One Nation Labour modernisation, a keynote
speech on ‘A New Care Covenant’ by Liz Kendall, and two One Nation Labour
Lectures by David Blunkett and Vernon Bogdanor. The other type was thesmaller policy focused discussions with invited participants usually experts inthe field and numbering 30-50.A large number of the events were organised with Labour organisations and
associated bodies :the Cooperative Party, Progress, TULO, Labour Women’s
Network, the Labour Business network, The Fabians, Demos, IPPR, Soundings journal, Compass, Labour, Finance and Industry Group, Labour in the City, theSmith Institute, as well as with outside organisations such as Supporters Direct,Coalition to End Violence Against Women, and Hope not Hate.Over the previous year hundreds have attended events. Despite beingWestminster-centric people have come from all over the country. TheConference also brought in a wider academic audience, with the papers to bepublished in a special issue of Political Quarterly this Autumn.
 
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All Events Policy Review 2012-2013Monday 29 October
‘Creating a British Investment Bank’
 
4.30-6pm,Committee room 7,Speakers: Nick Tott (former partner Herbert Smith; author of, 'The Case for aBritish Investment Bank'), Adam Marshal (Director of Policy and ExternalAffairs, British Chambers of Commerce).Chair: David Miliband MP
Monday 5 November
‘How Should One Nation Labour Govern in 2015?’
 
4.30-6pm,Wilson Room, Portcullis House,Speakers:
Nick Pearce (Director IPPR), Jon Wilson (Author ‘Letting Go HowLabour can learn to stop worrying and trust people’, Fabian Society),
AlisonMcGovern MP, Hilary Benn MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Communitiesand Local Government).Chair: Lord Wood (Shadow Minister without Portfolio).Organised by Labour Policy Review and The Fabian SocietyIf you would like to attend please emailevents@fabians.org.uk
Wednesday 7 November
Immigration and Labour’s lost voters
 
4.30-6pm,Committee room 6,Speaker. Professor Geoffrey Evans (Nuffield College, University of Oxford).Chair: Lord Wood

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