Communities Secretary, Greg Clark, and Northern Powerhouse minister, James Wharton, will headline a day-long heavyweight political conference featuring senior figures from both the main political parties across central and local government at the Lowry arts centre in Salford this summer.
The conference will examine the UK’s North-South divide and is being organised by think-tank ResPublica North, which describes itself as “a new organisation to build a powerful platform for the advocacy of unity, spread of prosperity and strengthening of society across the North.”
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government
James Wharton MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse
Dan Jarvis, Leading Labour Backbencher
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool
Ivan Lewis MP, Manchester Mayoral Candidate
Cllr Paul Watson, Sunderland City Leader
Breakout Sessions & Speakers:
Health: George Freeman, Health Minister
Energy: Lisa Nandy, Shadow Energy Secretary
Education: Lucy Powell, Shadow Education Secretary
Transport: John Cridland, Transport for the North
Innovation: Lord Heseltine
ResPublica North’s agenda for the event
Finding True North is the next step forward for the Northern Powerhouse agenda, placing identity, culture, collaboration, and innovation at its heart.
It will look to extend the thinking which has so far focused mainly on the economic. While no one can deny that enabling economic growth and jobs is for many the only route out of poverty, the Northern Powerhouse is equally an opportunity to put society, and ultimately the communities and people for whom the benefit will accrue, back on the agenda.
The Government has pledged to “make the cities of the north a powerhouse for our economy again”. George Osborne has made it clear that he is “prepared to invest significantly to make it a reality”, and the new City Deals show the Government’s level of commitment to this vision. But this major conference will be the first to bring together the leaders – political and cultural, from business and communities – who shoulder the responsibility of delivering real change to create a better and more balanced country.
The time is now for the North to capitalise on this political consensus, converting the desire for change into real action, and we would be delighted to have you with us to discuss the future of housing policy across the North in a new age of devolved power.
A ResPublica Conference
- The Lowry Theatre, Salford, Manchester
- Friday 8 July 2016
- The conference will be a full day event from 10.30am until 5.30pm
- Networking drinks until 6.30pm
- V.I.P dinner from 6.30 to 8.30pm