CPS at the Conservative Party Conference

The Centre for Policy Studies is delighted to announce our online fringe event program for the 2020 virtual Conservative Party Conference.

This year’s program will take place on Sunday the 4th and Monday the 5th October 2020

From our dedicated virtual event space you will be able to hear from a range of leading politicians, including Lord Bethell who will be speaking about what it is like to be at the heart of the Government’s response to a pandemic, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and Nadhim Zahawi MP. We will also be joined by a plethora of business leaders and experts from across policy areas and industries, including Baroness Stroud, CEO of the Legatum Institute, Simone Rossi, CEO of EDF Energy and Jo Bamford, Executive Chairman of Ryse along with many more to discuss key topics around business, welfare, the environment, and boosting economic growth.

Please see our full agenda below:

Sunday 4th October

How to make Capitalism Popular Again


  • John Ashmore, Editor, CapX (Chair) 
  • Phil Collins, Author and Former Speechwriter to Tony Blair
  • Cindy Yu, Broadcast Editor, The Spectator

In Conversation with Lord Bethell


  • Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)  
  • Lord Bethell

Going for Growth: The Role of Tax Reform


  • Emily Duncan, Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
  • The Rt. Hon. Sir John Redwood, MP
  • Sam Bowman, Director of Competition Policy, International Center for Law & Economics
  • Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation
  • Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies

Welfare after the Virus: What will the Pandemic mean for the Future of Welfare Policy


  • James Heywood, Head of Welfare and Opportunity, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
  • Helen Barnard, Acting Director, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Baroness Stroud, CEO, the Legatum Institute 
  • Edward Davies, Director of Policy, the Centre for Social Justice

Monday 5th October

The Nuclear Option: What is the Future of the UK Nuclear Industry?


  • Eamonn Ives, Business Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
  • The Rt. Hon. Philip Dunne, MP
  • The Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Simone Rossi, CEO, EDF Energy 
  • Tanisha Beebee, Senior Policy Adviser, CBI

Supported by:

What is the Role of Hydrogen?


  • Robert Colvile, Director, Centre for Policy Studies (Chair)
  • Jo Bamford, Executive Chairman, Ryse
  • Andrew Griffith, MP and former No. 10 Business Adviser 
  • The Rt. Hon. Nadhim Zahawi, MP and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Supported by:

We hope you can join us for a what will certainly be a fascinating conference.