Dods at Party Conference 2020

Labour | Conservatives | SNP

Conservative Fringe Events

This year, the Conseravtives are going virtual for their Party Conference.

Saturday 3rd October - Tuesday 6th October.

Attendees must register to attend Virtual Conservative Party Conference.

If you would link to attend, you can apply for a pass on the Conservative Party website here.


Supporting Young People during the COVID Crisis and Beyond: What more can businesses do?

4th October 2020

12:45 - 13:30

With COVID-19 impacting our economy, the current outlook for jobs amongst young people remains challenging. This fringe will discuss what has been achieved so far, the impact of COVID and how the public and private sectors can work in partnership to ensure our young people have the bright future they deserve.


  • Jacob Young MP, Member of Parliament for Redcar 
  • Jane Armitage, Managing Partner, Jacksons Law
  • Frans Calje, CEO, PD Ports
  • Michael Duffey, TV Logistics Academy
  • Mark Easby, Chairman, High Tide Foundation
  • Nikki Sayer, NE School of Shipping Lead and Commissioner, Government’s Maritime Skills Commission


  • Laura Hutchinson, Head of UK BI and Political Intelligence, Dods Monitoring


Missed the event?
You can read the write up and watch the recording here.

The National Engineering Policy Centre, EngineeringUK, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Academy of Engineering

Building a Better Future: The Role of Engineering in Society and the Spending Review

6th October 2020

10:00 - 11:00

This panel debate will explore the priorities for upcoming policy and spending decisions in the UK. Panellists will discuss the role the engineering community can play to invest in skills, innovation, digital and traditional infrastructure, as well as clean energy technologies to bring about the best outcome for the UK. They will seek to propose concrete actions to enable the UK to make investment decisions that will create more jobs and prosperity and meet the future needs of our society in a way that is faster, more efficient and sustainable. 


  • Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills
  • Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
  • Yewande Akinola MBE BEng MSc CEng FIET, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Professor Jim Hall, Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Dr Hilary Leevers, Chief Executive, EngineeringUK
  • Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng FIET DPhil CEng, Professor of Engineering Systems, UCL, Royal Academy of Engineering


  • Georgina Bailey, Policy Editor, The House

Missed the event?
You can read the write up and watch the recording here.

The House

Resetting relations with China: Are we facing a new Cold War?

6th October 2020

12:00 - 12:45

A hostile superpower or a key post-Brexit trading partner? The House magazine hosts a panel to explore the challenges of forging a new relationship with China, as the UK redefines its role in the world. How should the West respond to human rights abuses in Hong Kong, and the persecution of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang? And, as US relations with Beijing continue to sour, can the UK afford to be dragged into a new Cold War?


  • Nus Ghani MP, Member, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee 
  • Bob Seely MP, Member, Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Prof. Kerry Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House and Professor of Chinese Studies, King's College, London
  • Yasmeen Serhan, Reporter - foreign affairs and the Asia-Pacific, The Atlantic


  • Kate Proctor, Political Editor, The House and PoliticsHome 


Missed the event?
You can watch the recording here.