Join Demos at the Labour party conference 2023


At this year’s Labour party conference we’ll once again be holding a range of panel events with expert speakers, including politicians, businesses, civil society leaders, journalists and other experts that bring fresh ideas and perspectives.

We’ll be discussing the future of business, reforming public services, tackling homelessness and the potential of Generative AI.

The core of what makes a party conference special is the participation and engagement of attendees, the questions and contributions from the floor and the conversations that start in response to the discussions at events. So do make sure you come along and give your views on the big issues facing the country.

October 8th – 17:00 – 18:30

The Road to the election: Democracy in the UK

  • Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics, Strathclyde University
  • Pippa Crerar, Political Editor, The Guardian
  • Miriam Levin, CEO, Engage Britain
  • Sarah Castell, CEO Involve
  • Jessica Garland, Director of Research and Policy, Electoral Reform Society
  • Polly Curtis, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

October 9th – 8:30 – 10:00

Wake up to better business: Unleashing the power of business to drive growth and create good jobs

  • Sarah Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Industry and Decarbonisation
  • Ayesha Hazarika, Columnist, Evening Standard, The i
  • Mary Portas, Co-Chair, Better Business Act
  • Chris Turner, Executive Director, Better Business Act
  • Paul Lindley, Philanthropist and Founder of Ella’s Kitchen
  • Lewis Johnston, Director of Policy, ShareAction
  • Polly Curtis, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

October 9th – 15:30 – 17:00

Communities in charge: Building prevention in public services

  • Councillor Jane Ashworth OBE, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Matt Leach, Chief Executive of Local Trust
  • Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children
  • David Halpern CBE, President and Founding Director of the Behavioural Insights Team
  • Jack Burkinshaw, Chair of Brereton Million Big Local in Staffordshire
  • Polly Curtis, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

October 9th – 19:30 – 20:30

In conversation with Labour’s next generation 

  • Hazel Blears, Social Investment Business & Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
  • Abtisam Mohamed, Labour PPC for Sheffield Central
  • Emily Darlington, Labour PPC for Milton Keynes South
  • Jo Platt, Labour PPC for Leigh
  • Harpreet Uppal, Labour PPC for Huddersfield
  • Lola McEvoy, Labour PPC for Darlington
  • Polly Curtis, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

October 10th – 12:30 – 13:30

Winning people back: How can we provide housing that meets the public’s aspirations?

  • Chris Norris, Director of Policy & Campaigns, NRLA
  • Councillor Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council
  • Richard Rowntree, Managing Director of Mortgages, Paragon Bank
  • Vicky Spratt, Housing Correspondent, The i
  • Polly Curtis, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)

October 10th – 18:00 – 19:30

Can Generative AI create an inclusive economy?

  • Alex Davies-Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Tech and Digital Economy
  • Sean Williams, CEO, AutoGenAI
  • Resham Kotecha, Head of Public Policy, Open Data Institute
  • Matt Davies, UK Public Policy Lead, Ada Lovelace Institute
  • Helen Milner, Group Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation
  • Polly Curtis, Chief Executive, Demos (Chair)