LME Conference Service:

Make sure you get your dose of Europe whilst at Labour Party Conference. Find below our list of all fringe events with an explicit link to Europe and those events which are addressed by Labour MEPs.

We particularly like to invite you to the LME Sunday lunch time fringe event followed by the Launch of LME North West and draw your attention to the Labour Friends of Turkey event on Sunday early evening organised in association with the LME.

There are many fringe events at Labour Conference about policy areas which also have a European dimension to them, but don’t recognise it in the way they ask their central questions. We call on all LME members and supporters to help mainstream Europe across as many fringe events as possible by asking questions and pointing out that their European dimension has to be part of considering and developing policy. Please highlight the European dimension of issues such as Environment, Development, Growth, Consumer Rights, Health, Financial Services, World Trade, Foreign Affairs, Justice and Home Affairs and many more if you attend such fringe meetings.

Also come and support LME member Jon Worth making the case for mainstreaming Europe across Labour’s policy development at the “Top of the Policies” event organised by Pragmatic Radicalism in the early evening of Monday September 26.

Make sure you don’t miss, the EPLP Report by Glennis Willmott MEP during the Morning Plenary Session on Monday September 26 starting from 09:30.


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Sunday September 25

12:00 Beyond Austerity – Where next for Social Europe? – Venue: Blue Bar – Albert Dock – Organised by the Labour Movement for Europe in association with Brussels Labour and the European Movement – Chair: LME & BL President Neil Kinnock, Speakers: Billy Hayes (TUC Europe Spokesperson & CWU SecGen), Philip Cordery (Party of European Socialists PES SecGen), Linda McAvan MEP (EPLP & S&D, Petros Fassoulas (European Movement) & David Schoibl (LME)

13:30 Launch of Labour Movement for Europe North West Region – Venue: Blue Bar – Albert Dock – organised by LME North West – Speakers: Arlene McCarthy MEP and special guest

17:30 From Pioneers to Power and back again: Why have women been forgotten? Venue: ACC – BT Convention Centre, Hall 1C – organised by Mary Honeyball MEP – speakers: Mary Honeyball MEP, Rachel Reeves MP plus more excellent women to come!

17:45 Turkey and Europe: A Mutually Beneficial partnership? Venue: Hilton, Grace Suite 1 organised by Labour Friends of Turkey in association with Labour Movement for Europe LME – Chair: Nilgun Canver (chair of LFT & UK Labour delegate of the Committee of Regions), Speakers: Wayne David MP (Shadow Europe Minister), Jack Straw MP (former Home, Foreign and Justice Minister), Faruk Logoglu MP (Vice-Chair of Turkish Republican Peoples Party CHP in charge of Foreign Affairs)

18:00 Fighting the Conservative Zeitgeist: Leadership in European Social Democracy – Venue: Marquee 3A – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by Policy Network & Foundation for European Progressive Studies – Chair: Patrick Diamond, Policy Network. Speakers: Alfred Gusenbauer – FEPS, Urban Ahlin – Swedish Social Democratic Party, Philip Stephens – The Financial Times

19:00 Beyond Aid: A Labour Manifesto for fighting poverty, inequality and injustice – Venue: Hall 13 – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by: Jubilee Debt Campaign, World Development Movement, War on Want, Trade Justice Movement, Tax Justice Movement, People & Planet – Speakers: Harriet Harman MP (invited) – Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Richard Howitt MEP, John Hilary – War on Want


Monday September 26

08:00 Europe in crisis: Will finally ageing bankrupt the EU? – Venue: Foinavon Suite – Atlantic Tower – Thistle Hotel – IPPR in partnership with BNE (Business for New Europe, sponsored by Aviva) – Chair: Nick Pearce, IPPR. Speakers: Rachel Reeves MP – Shadow Minister for Pensions, Wayne David MP – Shadow Minister for Europe, John Appleby (invited) – The King’s Fund

08:00 Is the feeling mutual? Good Capitalism and the mutualism movement. – Venue: ACC BT Convention Centre, Concourse Fringe Room 2 – organised by Policy Network – Chair: Patrick Diamond (Policy Network) Speakers: Douglas Alexander MP, Jan Royall (Peer), Urban Ahlin, Swedish Social Democrats MP and foreign policy spokesperson, Philip Stephens (Financial Times), Emma Reynolds MP, Ania Skrzypek (FEPS, Next Left),

09:30 EPLP Report at the Morning Plenary Session by Glennis Willmott MEP, Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. [not fringe but Europe]

12:00 Building a responsible economy: How should the left look at financial reform? – Venue: Hall 12 – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by European Parliamentary Labour Party with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies – Chair: Roland Rudd, Business for New Europe. Speakers: Wayne David MP – Shadow Minister for Europe, Arlene McCarthy MEP – Labour European Economic Spokesperson, Matthie Meaulle – Foundation for European Progressive Studies

12:45 Russia, Azerbaijan and the West: What does the New Great Game mean for Europe’s energy security?  – Venue: Baby Blue -organised by Progress and The European Azerbaijan Society – Chair: Mike Gapes MP. Speakers: Wayne David MP – Shadow Minister for Europe, Richard Howitt MEP – European Parliament Committe on Forign Affairs, Charles Grant, Director, – Centre for European Reform

17:30 Top of the Policies – Venue: The Baltic Fleet (Pub) 33a Wapping – organised by Pragmatic Radicalism & sponsored by GMB Southern, Chair: Anthony Painter, 20 SPEAKERS (Featuring: Sam Dowling, Neil Foster, Dan Fox, Lord Glasman, Mike Harris, Sunny Hundal, Amanda Ramsay, John Slinger, Tom Tàbori, Dan Whittle, Jon Worth , Jonathan Todd and more TBC).

17:45 The Eurozone Crisis: Why Labour should now support an EU Referendum – Venue: Canada Suite – Crowne Plaza – organised by Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign and People’s Pledge – Chair: Austin Mitchell MP. Speakers: Kate Hoey MP, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Graham Stringer MP

18:00 Tribalism versus Pluralism: Can progressive parties work together? – Venue: Beavan – Liverpool Town Hall – organised by Compass & FES (Friedrich Ebert Foundation) – Chair: Gavin Hayes, Compass. Speakers: Peter Hain MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales; Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee; Jenny Jones AM, The Green Party; Markus Engels, SPD Germany

20:00 Europe Reception – Venue: Hall 3A – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by European Parliamentary Labour Party with the Party of European Socialists – Speakers: Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party; Glenis Willmott MEP, Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party; Eddie Izzard; Party of European Socialists Guest Speaker


Tuesday September 27

08:00 Is the rise of anti-immigration parties inevitable in an open Europe? – Venue: Concourse Fringe Room 1 – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by Policy Network, Business for New Europe, Barrow Cadbury Trust – Chair: Olaf Cramme, Policy Network. Speakers: Sunder Katwala – Social Justice Communication Organisation, Margaret Hodge MP, Maurice Glasman

08:30 International Breakfast: After the Arab Spring: How Should Europe Respond? – Venue: Hall 2E – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by European Parliamentary Labour Party and Labour International – Chair: Lord Kinnock. Speakers: Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary; Claude Moraes MEP, EPLP Deputy Leader; Richard Howitt MEP, EPLP Chair; International speaker

12:30 Colombia: The Struggle for Peace – Venue: Marquee 3 (A & B combined) – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by Justice for Columbia – Chair: Billy Hayes, Chair, Justice for Colombia. Speakers: Tony Lloyd MP, Chair, Parliamentary Friends of Colombia; Richard Howitt MEP, Labour Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, EP; Steve Cavalier, CEO, Thompsons Solicitors; Mayor Clara Lopez, Democratic Pole (Colombia’s Opposition Party)

13:00 An EU Policy Discussion – Venue: Dods Meeting Room 1 – Hilton – organised by The EU Commission Representation in the UK – Speakers: Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for the Foreign Office

18:15 Will the Euro crisis split the EU? – Venue: Exhibition Meeting Room 1 – ACC – BT Convention Centre – organised by Centre for European Reform and Business for New Europe sponsored by Citi – Chair: Will Tanner, BNE. Speakers: Baroness Royall, Shadow Leader of the House of Lords; Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for the Forign Office; Urban Ahlin, Swedish Social Democrats; Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform; Peter Westaway, Nomura; Philip Stephens, FT

19:00 Refounded Labour – Liverpool West Derby CLP social – Venue: Cafe Sports Express – organised by Liverpool West Derby CLP – Chair: Stephen Twigg MP. Speakers: Baroness King; Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Forign Secretary; Michael Cashman MEP; Cllr Joe Anderson; John Hannett, General Secretary, Usdaw; Plus superstar special guests!


Wednesday September 28

12:00 Europe in Crisis: Why Austerity is not the Answer – Venue: Hall 12 ACC – organised by European Parliamentary Labour Party with GMB – Chair: Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror. Speakers: Glenis Willmott MEP, EPLP Leader; Lords Monks, Former TUC and ETUC General Secretary; Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary, TUC; Paul Kenny, General Secretary, GMB

12:30 The right to strike in Britain and Europe: Why are we the poor relation? Venue: Suites 3, 4 & 5 Combination – Jury’s Inn – organised by Unite the Union – Chair: Jim Sheridan MP. Speakers: Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union; Professor Keith Ewing; Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International; Martin Mayer, Unite the Union