Party Conference Events 2023


We've scoured the various party conference agendas to bring you our list of recommendations for democracy-related events that you won't want to miss!

There’s a whole host of exciting events taking place at the various conferences across the country this year, and of course, we’ll be there taking part!

If you think we’ve missed an event or have something wrong, please let us know at [email protected]

Conservative Party Conference

Manchester 1st – 4th October 2023


Democratic Renewal: Youth Voice

Hosted by Youth Focus NW and British Youth Council

Sun 1 Oct, 14.30, MCCC Youth Zone – Exhibition


What is the Future of Conservatism?

Hosted by Onward

with Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Tom Tugendhat MBE VR MP, Nick Timothy CBE, Imogen Sinclair, Laura Farris MP

Sun 1 Oct, 17.00, Onward Marquee


Lift off: Accelerating levelling up in the 2020s

Hosted by IPPR North, Bright Blue and Power to Change

with Dehenna Davison MP, Jo Gideon MP, Chris Smyth, Whitehall Editor, The Times, Cllr Jamie Jamieson, Chairman, Local Government Association, Thomas Pope, Deputy Chief Economist, Institute for Government, Ailbhe McNabola, Director of Policy and Communications, Power to Change and Zoë Billingham, Director, IPPR North

Sun 1 Oct, 17.00, Central 6, Manchester Central


The Road to Election: Democracy in the UK

Hosted by Demos

with Involve, Electoral Reform Society and Engage Britain

Sun 1 Oct, 18.00, Fairclough room, Midland Hotel (secure zone)


Building a Modern Conservative House of Lords

Hosted by Electoral Reform Society and Conservative Action for Electoral Reform

Mon 2 Oct, 15.30, Alexandra Suite (A-B) & Petersfield Suite, Manchester Central


Is there a Conservative case for constitutional reform?

Hosted by Institute for Government

with John Penrose MP, former Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Constitutional Reform), Amy Leversidge, Assistant General Secretary at the FDA and Jess Sargeant, Associate Director at the Institute for Government

Mon 2 Oct, 08.30, Manchester Central


Where does conservativism go next?

Hosted by IPPR

with Lee Rowley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Local Government and Building Safety, Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Bim Afolami MP, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden and James Johnson, Co-Founder, J.L. Partners.

Tue 3 Oct, 18.00, Exchange 10, Manchester Central


How will the Conservative Party respond to Labour’s plans for electoral reform?

Hosted by Unlock Democracy and Conservative Action for Electoral Reform

Tue 3 Oct, 18.00, Exchange 8, Manchester Central



Green Party Conference

Brighton 6th – 8th October 2023

Compass at Green Party Conference

with Zack Polanski, Ellie Chowns, Steve Williams and more

Sat 7 Oct, 17.15, TBC


Labour Party Conference

Liverpool 8th – 11th October 2023


Why Political and Economic Change Must Go Hand-in-hand

Hosted by Labour for a New Democracy

Sat 7 Oct, 18.45, Blundell Street Cabaret Bar, L1 0AJ


The road to 2024… let’s talk about democracy

With Demos, Electoral Reform Society, The Institute for Government and Involve

Sun 8 Oct, 17.00, Albert 4, Hilton Hotel


Democratic reform: What comes next?

Hosted by IPPR and The Democracy Network

with Florence Eshalomi MP, Shadow Minister for Democracy, Jessie Joe Jacobs, Director, The Democracy Network and Parth Patel, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR

Sun 8 Oct, 17.15, IPPR Fringe Zone, Education Area Three, Museum of Liverpool


My Life My Say Labour Party Conference Evening Reception

In partnership with Sovereign Strategy

Sun 8 Oct, 18:00, International Lounge


The #Labour4PR Rally: New Government, New Way of Governing

Hosted by  Labour for a New Democracy, ASLEF, Musicians’ Union, USDAW

Sun 8 Oct, 19.00, ACC Auditorium 1C


Residence-based voting rights

Hosted by Migrant Democracy Project

Mon 9 Oct, 10:00, Sugar and Dice Board Game Café, 33a Cornhill


How should a future Labour government deepen and extend devolution across England?

Hosted by Institute for Government

with Paula Barker MP, Shadow Minister for Devolution and the English Regions, Richard Parker, Labour candidate for the Mayor of the West Midlands, Akash Paun, Programme Director at the Institute for Government and Simon Christian, Director at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Mon 9 Oct, 10.30, ACC


Institutions in crisis: Can a politics of respect restore faith in politics and its institutions?

Hosted by UCL Policy Lab and More in Common

With Hetan Shah, Director, British Academy, Marc Stears, Director, UCL Policy Lab, Hannah White, Director, IFG, Luke Tryl, Director, More in Common, Hilary McGrady, Director General, National Trust and Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Minister for Creative Industries and Digital

Unequal Democracy: The Puzzle of Rising Inequality in Democracy

Hosted by IPPR and Labour Unions

with Rt Hon Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Rhea Wolfson, Head of Internal and Industrial Relations, GMB and Chris Webb, Parliamentary Candidate for Blackpool South

Mon 9 Oct, 12.30, Hall 2C, ACC


How will Labour’s proposed Ethics and Integrity Commission work?

Hosted by Institute for Government

with Tim Durrant, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, Duncan Hames, Director of Policy and Programmes at Transparency International UK and Dr Susan Hawley, Executive Director of Spotlight on Corruption

Mon 9 Oct, 14.00, ACC


How could a Labour government set itself up to successfully devolve power and reduce regional inequality?

Hosted by Institute for Government

with Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, Anna Turley, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and former Member of Parliament for Redcar, Richard Bonner, Markets Director, Buildings and Places at AtkinsRéalis and Thomas Pope, Deputy Chief Economist at the Institute for Government

Mon 9 Oct, 17.30, ACC


Democracy in crisis

Hosted by Commission on Political Power

with Polly Toynbee and Hardeep Matharu

Mon 9 Oct, 17:30, Leonardo Hotel, 31 Keel Wharf


The constitutional consequences of electoral reform

Hosted by Institute for Government

with Florence Eshalomi MP, Shadow Minister for Democracy, Mick Antoniw MS, Counsel General of Wales and Minister for the Constitution for the Welsh Government, Darren Hughes, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society and Alex Thomas, Programme Director at the Institute for Government

Mon 9 Oct, 19.00, ACC


Can a Labour government deliver constitutional reform?

Hosted by IPPR North, Bright Blue and Power to Change

with The Rt Hon Baroness Smith, Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, Anas Sarwar, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Stephen Bush, Associate Editor at the Financial Times, Dave Penman, General Secretary of the FDA and Jess Sargeant, Associate Director at the Institute for Government

Tue 10 Oct, 09.00, ACC


Rebooting levelling up for the next general election

Hosted by IPPR North, Bright Blue and Power to Change

with Paula Barker MP, Shadow Minister for Devolution and the English Regions, Justin Madders MP, Shadow Minister for Business, Employment Rights and Levelling Up, Steve RotheramMetro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region , Ryan Shorthouse, Executive Chair, Bright Blue and Ailbhe McNabolaDirector of Policy and Communications, Power to Change

Tue 10 Oct, 10.00, IPPR Fringe Zone


A Democracy Fit for Climate change

Hosted by The Democracy Network and SERA

Wed 11 Oct, 10.00, The Labour Environment Hub (inside the secure zone), on the Riverside of the ACC, King’s Dock, Port of Liverpool, Kings Dock St, Liverpool L3 4FP. 202 on the conference map

SNP Conference

Aberdeen 15th – 17th October 2023


Westminster’s Broken Political Culture – And How to Fix it

with Tom Brake, Director, Unlock Democracy, Amanda Burgauer, Director, Common Weal, Klina Jordan, Chief Executive, Make Votes Matter and Tommy Sheppard MP


Minimum Income Guarantee: Short-term action towards a long-term ambition

Hosted by IPPR Scotland, the Poverty Alliance, and Christians Against Poverty

With Ruth Boyle, Policy and Campaigns Manager, the Poverty Alliance, Emma Jackson, National Director Scotland , Christians Against Poverty and Casey Smith, Researcher, IPPR Scotland.

Tue 17 Oct, 09.15, Meeting Room 4, First Floor, TECA