Labour Party Conference 2023: The unmissable full LabourList events programme

LabourList Staff
Photo: Revolucion de Cuba
Photo: Revolucion de Cuba

Labour is set for a record-breaking turnout at party conference in Liverpool this October, and the LabourList team are excited to be hosting one of our biggest ever conference programmes too – from star-packed panels and rallies, to MPs channelling their inner pop stars at our famous karaoke and DJ night with partners Lime (new round of tickets here – and they’re going fast).

Our panels, at ACC Liverpool between Sunday 8 and Tuesday 10 October, will cover health, schools, housing, asylum, violence against women, workers’ rights, transport, civil liberties, new polling and how LOTO works. 

We’re delighted to host events with Angela Rayner, Wes Streeting, Jon Ashworth, Lisa Nandy and other shadow cabinet members, frontbenchers including Alison McGovern, Stephen Kinnock, Matthew Pennycook, Justin Madders and Ellie Reeves, and backbenchers including Stella Creasy and Zarah Sultana. 

We’ll be hearing from union leaders Mick Whelan, Phil Banfield, Matt Wrack, Mick Lynch and Jo Grady.

We’ll be in conversation too with top campaigners Paul Mason, Vicky Spratt and Dave Smith, plus passionate experts from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, End Violence Against Women, Worldline, National Education Union, Royal College of Nursing, Savanta, nurtureuk, Care4Calais, Labour Together, Liberty, The Fabian Society, the Institute of Employment Rights and more.

We can’t wait to get fired up about what a Labour government could mean with top Labour politicians, union leaders and PPCs alike at the LabourList Rally: “The election campaign starts now”, upstairs at Revolucion de Cuba on Monday (3-5pm, no tickets needed) a few minutes from ACC Liverpool. We’ll put more than £1,000 behind the bar too.

That’s followed on Monday night by our famous karaoke and DJ night in partnership with Lime at the Bierkeller Bar from 8pm (tickets/info here).

Here’s our full Labour conference events timetable for 2023 (in chronological order):

Sunday 8 October

Creating better, smarter transport networks throughout the UK

10:30am – 11:15am, Sunday – Room MR 25, ACC Liverpool

  • Stephen Morgan, shadow rail minister
  • James Bain, Chair of the Rail Supply Group and COO of Worldline
  • Dan Norris, Mayor of the West of England
  • Luke Raikes, research director, The Fabian Society
  • Clare Moody, Labour candidate for Avon and Somerset Crime Commissioner
  • Tom Belger, Editor, LabourList

In partnership with Worldline.

Back in School: An inclusive approach to tackling exclusions and the school absence crisis

11.15am – 12pm, Sunday – Room MR 25, ACC Liverpool

  • Anne Longfield, Chair, Commission on Young Lives
  • Lib Peck, Director, London Violence Reduction Unit
  • Anntoinette Bramble, Cabinet Member for Education, Hackney Council
  • Arti Sharma, CEO, nurtureuk

In partnership with nurtureuk.

Monday 9 October

How Labour wins – and how to read the polls

8.45am – 9.45am, Monday – Meeting room 14, ACC Liverpool

  • Chris Hopkins, Director, Savanta
  • Claire Ainsley, centre-left renewal director, PPI, and ex-Labour policy director
  • Josh Simons, Director, Labour Together
  • Tom Belger, Editor, LabourList

In partnership with Savanta.

How does Labour build an NHS workforce fit for the future?

10am – 11am, Monday– Meeting room 14, ACC Liverpool

  • Wes Streeting, Shadow Health Secretary, Labour
  • Paul Vaughan, Vice Chair of Council, Royal College of Nursing
  • Professor Phil Banfield, Council Chair, British Medical Association
  • Karin Christiansen, LabourList

In partnership with the BMA and RCN.

Where does the Labour Party stand on civil liberties?

11.15am – 12.15pm, Monday – Meeting room 14, ACC Liverpool

  • Zarah Sultana, Labour MP
  • Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union
  • Akiko Hart, Director, Liberty
  • Dave Smith, National Secretary, Blacklist Support Group

In partnership with the FBU.

What would a Labour government mean for workers’ rights?

12.30pm – 1.30pm, Monday – Meeting room 14, ACC Liverpool

  • Justin Madders MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Rights, Labour
  • Mick Lynch, General Secretary, RMT
  • Jo Grady, General Secretary, UCU
  • Fran Heathcote, President, PCS
  • Matt Wrack, General Secretary, FBU
  • Kate Bell, Assistant General Secretary, TUC
  • Lord Hendy KC, barrister and Chair of the Institute of Employment Rights

In partnership with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group (TUCG).

LabourList Rally: The election campaign starts now

3pm – 5pm, Monday – Revolucion de Cuba Bar, Albert Dock (Casa bar room)

Join us on Monday afternoon for a series of inspiring speeches from high-profile Labour frontbenchers, backbenchers and figures from the wider movement on why we need the Tories out and Labour in power – and how we mobilise now to win the upcoming general election. We’ll put more than £1,000 behind the bar too, so grab a beer, cocktail or coffee and have a seat.

Confirmed speakers at our rally, in partnership with MessageSpace, include Angela Rayner, Ian Murray, Jon Ashworth, Lisa Nandy, Stephen Kinnock, Justin Madders, Chris Bryant, Daniel Zeichner, Alex Sobel, Stella Creasy, Afzal Khan, Barry Gardiner, Mick Whelan, Anna Turley, Paul Mason, Alice Perry, Abdi Duale, Bev Craig, Fleur Anderson, Dan Tomlinson, Jessica Toale, Lucy Rigby and Ben McGowan.

We’ll be fundraising too to help sustain us as the leading independent, pro-Labour media outlet for all wings of the party.

From 3 pm to 5 pm the LabourList rally will be at one of Liverpool’s most fun, vibrant waterfront bars at the scenic Albert Dock, just a few minutes walk from the conference site. Note no ticket needed (ignore what the brochure says); first come first serve.

LabourList x LIME Karaoke and Club Night

8.30pm, Monday – Bierkeller bar, Thomas Steers Way

Snap up a ticket now for LabourList’s unmissable annual bash in partnership with Lime, from 8pm until 1.30am at the epic Bierkeller bar a few minutes from both the ACC and the centre of town.

Join us, support our journalism and belt out some tunes – who knows which Labour figure you could end up doing a duet with? Come and dance the night away to a sensational DJ set and hear frontbenchers sing Franz Ferdinand, backbenchers belt out Madonna and activists attempt Amy Winehouse.

Confirmed guest DJs include Thangam Debbonaire and Ian Murray, with many more to join them.

Tickets here – but they’re selling fast.

Tuesday 10 October

A manifesto for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: A whole-society approach

8.45am – 9.45am, Tuesday – Meeting room 21, ACC Liverpool

  • Kevin Brennan, shadow minister for victims and sentencing
  • Bell Ribeiro-Addy, MP and Women and Equalities Select Committee member, Labour
  • Andrea Simon, Director, End Violence Against Women Coalition
  • Farah Nazeer, CEO, Women’s Aid Federation of England
  • Gisela Valle, Director, Latin American Women’s Rights Service
  • Caroline Bernard, Head of Influence, Respect

Safe Passage – an effective and humane way to stop the boats

10am – 11am, Tuesday – Meeting room 21, ACC Liverpool

  • Lord Vernon Coaker, shadow home office and defence spokesperson, Labour
  • Clare Moseley – Founder, Care 4 Calais
  • Paul O’Connor, Head of Bargaining, PCS
  • Emma Rose, President, NEU
  • Riccardo la Torre, National Officer, FBU
  • Tom Belger, Editor, LabourList

In partnership with PCS, the FBU and NEU.

How does Labour solve the housing crisis?

11.15am – 12.15pm, Tuesday – Meeting room 21, ACC Liverpool

  • Matthew Pennycook, Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, Labour
  • Tom Copley, deputy London mayor for housing
  • Vicky Spratt, Housing Correspondent, the i paper
  • Darren Baxter, Principal Policy Adviser, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Tom Belger, Editor, LabourList

In partnership with JRF.

Inside LOTO: How the leader’s office works – and how to prep a conference speech

12.30pm – 1.30pm, Tuesday – Meeting room 21, ACC Liverpool

  • Tom Baldwin, former Labour director of communications under Ed Miliband, now writing a biography of Keir Starmer
  • Claire Ainsley, former Labour executive policy director under Keir Starmer, now director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Project on Center-Left Renewal
  • Laura Parker, former political secretary to Jeremy Corbyn, now at the Good Law Project and Another Europe is Possible.
  • Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, former Labour director of strategic communications under Tony Blair and CEO of Global Counsel

Beer, books and building a country that works

6pm, Tuesday – Love Lane Brewery

LabourList is partnering with publishers Harper North for ‘Beer, books and building a country that works’ – a conversation between shadow cabinet member Lisa Nandy and renowned broadcaster Stuart Maconie about Lisa’s vision for a fairer country.

The event will mark the paperback launch of her book All In. Join us at Love Lane Brewery from 6pm on Tuesday 10 October. Event free but RSVP required here.

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