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What Britain Needs

Challenging inequalities in wealth and power

ADVANCE TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT - SOME FULL-PRICE TICKETS MAY BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR 10am • Saturday 1 November • TUC Congress, London • #classconf14
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Speakers

Our speakers are activists, academics, representatives and commentators from the trade union, progressive and labour movement, each bringing their view of the challenges and opportunities available to us just 6 months away from the 2015 General Election.

 More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Paul Kenny

Paul Kenny

GMB

Hilary Wainwright

Hilary Wainwright

Red Pepper

Bim Adewunmi

Bim Adewunmi

Journalist

Prof Doreen Massey

Prof Doreen Massey

Open University

Will Hutton

Will Hutton

Political Economist

Lisa Nandy MP

Lisa Nandy MP

Shadow Minister for Charities

Owen Jones

Owen Jones

The Guardian

Prof Tracy Shildrick

Prof Tracy Shildrick

Leeds University

Sadiq Khan MP

Sadiq Khan MP

Shadow Justice Secretary

Alex Hilton

Generation Rent

Angela Eagle MP

Chair of the Labour Party

Ann Pettifor

PRIME: Policy Research in Macroeconomics

Aviah Sarah Day

UK Uncut

Carolyn Jones

Institute of Employment Rights

Cat Hobbs

We Own It

Chi Onwurah MP

Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Clive Lewis PPC

Labour PPC for Norwich South.

David Braniff-Herbert

GMB

Dr Dave O'Brien

Goldsmiths, University of London

Dawn Foster

Inside Housing

Diane Abbott MP

Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Don Flynn

Migrants Rights Network

Ellen Broome

Family and Childcare Trust

Emma Seery

Oxfam

Frances Ryan

The Guardian and New Statesman

George Eaton

New Statesman

Ian Lavery MP

Labour MP for Wansbeck, Northumberland

James Murray

Islington Councillor

Josie Long

Comedian

Juliet Jacques

New Statesman and New Humanist

Dr Kailash Chand

Kamaljeet Jandu

GMB

Kate Osamor

Labour NEC and Unite the Union

Kevin Maguire

The Mirror and New Statesman

Lorna Merry

PCS

Dr Lydia Hayes

Cardiff University

Margaret Hodge MP

Prof Marjorie Mayo

Goldsmiths

Mark Ferguson

Labour List

Mark Serwotka

PCS

Martin Mayer

Labour NEC and Unite

Max Hyde

NUT

Mick Whelan

ASLEF

Owen Smith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Prof Özlem Onaran

University of Greenwich

Polly Toynbee

The Guardian

Polly Trenow

Fawcett Society

Prof Prem Sikka

University of Essex

Rachael Maskell

Unite the Union

Richard Murphy

Tax Research UK

Sabby Dhalu

UAF

Selina Todd

University of Oxford

Seumas Milne

The Guardian

Shelly Asquith

University of the Arts Students' Union

Stefan Stern

LabourList

Prof Stephen Ball

Institute of Education

Steve Coe

TSSA

Stewart Lansley

Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research

Prof Sue Richards

Keep Our NHS Public

Tim Roache

GMB

Tom Wilson

Union Learn

Tony Lennon

BECTU

Zoe Williams

The Guardian

Sessions

Registration 9-10am / Conference 10am-4.30pm

You can download the guide to sessions and debates at conference. More information on how you can get involved with discussions on the day is available here.

Main Sessions

1

The state of Britain: Challenging power and inequality

Since the 2010 General Election, living standards have fallen for the vast majority. While the top 1%’s fortunes have increased, the 99% have been squeezed. The economic recovery has been unfairly distributed, and social inequality is on the rise. Speakers in this session will set the themes of the major discussions for the day – giving their analyses of where we are now and what they believe Britain needs if we are to turn this around from May 2015.

2

Policy pitch: For a winning manifesto

In this session speakers will have 2 minutes to present their suggestions for policies that will challenge power and inequality. Delegates will then vote on the policy they would most like the next government to adopt.

3

What Britain Needs: A vision for the future

Closing the day’s debates, speakers will discuss priorities for building a more equal and progressive country. This session will look at the issues at stake at the General Election, as well as outlining an overarching vision for our society.

Breakout Sessions

For more information on what the breakout sessions will cover download the guide.

Standing up for education - fighting for a fairer system

More than bricks and mortar - building homes and communities

Britain needs a payrise - how trade unions can deliver it

Tax justice at the heart of a fair economy

Why should I vote? How we reconnect with young people

A vision for the future of the NHS

Building our future economy - investing in jobs and green growth

Stand up to racism - challenging scapegoating and the far right

Renewing our welfare state - strong, proud and fair

Feminism's future - realising women’s equality

Tackling the failure of privatisation - the case for public ownership

Investing in our society - the potential for arts and culture

Tickets

Early-bird tickets are now SOLD OUT. Some full-priced tickets may be available on the door. Full-priced rates: £5 concessions, £10 trade unionists, £12 waged. #classconf14

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Food and refreshments

Lunch will be available to order at registration at a small cost for those who want it. Refreshments will be provided on arrival.

Location

TUC Congress Centre, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Partners

A huge thank you to our supporting unions and sponsors who have made this conference possible and to the organisations that will be involved on the day with stalls and speakers. Labour List are our official media partners.

Labour List
Morrish Solicitors
Thompsons Solicitors
ASLEF
BFAWU
Campaign for Trade Union Freedom
CWU
GFTU
GMB
IER
FEU
MU
NUM
NUT
PCS
PFA
TSSA
UCATT
UCU
Unite

Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding Class's national conference or would like any further information contact:
Dulcie Fairhurst, Projects and Events Officer, Dulcie.fairhurst@classonline.org.uk, 020 7611 2502.

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