Tuesday was our busiest day at CPC18 with ten events from 8am until 8pm.
A fantastic panel co-hosted with Women2Win saw our panelists (including the minster for women Victoria Atkins MP and Baroness Jenkin) ask the question what is stopping women from stepping up? This was followed immediately by a panel on rebalancing the UK economy after Brexit with three regional mayors – James Palmer, Ben Houchen and our West-Midlands host Andy Street – and Neil O’Brien MP, one of the fathers of the Northern Powerhouse.
We also asked what was meant by ‘Global Britain’, whether privatisation is dead, and if we will ever cut taxes again, drawing on the expertise of leading thinkers in these areas including Lord O’Neill, John Redwood MP, Kate Andrews and Mel Stride MP. We also, alongside Octopus, broached the issue of SMEs and how to turn them into global champions with Robert Jenrick MP and had engaging and enlightening one-on-one discussions with senior Conservative MPs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP (on his 40th birthday no less) and Sir Graham Brady MP, chairman of the 1922 Committee.