October 2020
9:00 - 17:30


Virtual Fringe Event

Conservative Party Conference 2020 Fringe event


Join Cavendish Advocacy and BECG in our virtual Conservative Party Conference tent on Monday 5th October 2020, where we will be hosting a series of virtual events. And for the first time, it’s free to register for the conference.



9:00 – 10:00
Levelling-up in a Post-Covid World

Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, and Warrington South MP, Andy Carter, discuss the priorities for the Northern region and how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the Conservative Party’s agenda to invest in ‘left behind’ parts of the UK following Brexit.

  • Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley
  • Andy Carter MP, MP for Warrington South
  • Alex Challoner (Chair), Managing Director, Cavendish Advocacy
  • Kevin Whitmore (Chair), Director & Head of North, BECG

10:15am – 11:15am
US-UK Free Trade Agreement: The next step in the special relationship

The UK Government has long argued that one of the main benefits of Brexit is that the UK can once again conduct a global trade policy independent of the European Union. With the UK now in negotiations for new trade deals, we discuss the UK’s future trade deal with the USA.

  • Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Trade Policy
  • James Sibley, Head of International Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Richard Phillips, Director, Policy & Communications, Association of British HealthTech Industries
  • Karen Betts, Chief Executive, Scotch Whisky Association

12:00 – 13:00
Transport: an Electric Future

Developing the EV charging network to meet long-term consumer demand is crucial to meeting the Government’s transport and decarbonisation agenda. We bring together a panel on the future of EV, bringing together stakeholders from Parliament, local government, and the EV industry.

  • Chris Loder MP, Member of the Transport Select Committee
  • Cllr Matthew Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council
  • Melanie Shufflebotham, COO & Joint MD, Zap Map
  • Matthew Shirley, Head of Electrification & New Mobility, Renault UK
  • Neil Madgwick, Head of Connections Service Delivery, UK Power Networks
  • Jamie Gordon (Chair), Director of Infrastructure & Energy, BECG
13:30 – 14:30
Planning for the Future: Will it get Britain Building?

The Government’s White Paper on the planning system, Planning for the Future, is designed to get Britain building, and whether it will achieve the Government’s ambition of getting Britain building. BECG will also present the findings of its recent survey of councillors on the proposals, the future of public consultation, and the Green Belt. 

  • Barry Jessup, Director, First Base
  • Ben Everitt MP, Member of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee
  • Jonathan Layzell, Executive Director – Development, Stonewater
  • Sarah Wardle (Chair), Associate Director, BECG
15:00 – 16:00
Ratcheting up ambition on decarbonising our homes

This IPPR and Stonewater event will focus on overcoming the challenges to implementing a low-carbon heating retrofit scheme for decarbonising homes. We will explore the technology, policy and funding needed to decarbonise our homes, and how we can reduce energy bills for consumers.

  • Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee and MP for Ludlowe
  • Alexander Stafford MP, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (invited)
  • Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Stonewater
  • Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation
  • Jessica Levy, Director of Communications, Federation of Master Builders
  • Jonathan Webb (Chair), Research Fellow, IPPR
16:30 – 17:30
America Decides: Countdown to the 2020 US Presidential Election

This year’s presidential election has been like no other with a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and a September surprise in a Supreme Court vacancy. Leading US strategists representing both parties will take us through the state of play with 29 days till election day.

  • Manuel Ortiz, VantageKnight
  • Barry Bennett, Avenue Strategies
  • Alex Challoner (Chair), Managing Director, Cavendish Advocacy

You will need to register for the conference to be able to access our events. Once you’re inside the conference, look out for the fringe tents to join our virtual events.