CPS & CapX Fringe Agenda - Conservative Party Conference

The Centre for Policy Studies and CapX are delighted to be hosting a packed programme of fringe events at this year’s Conservative Party Conference, in a dedicated space in the heart of the main ICC building in Birmingham.

Our great line-up of speakers includes multiple Cabinet ministers, as well as special guests such as Dr Frank Luntz, Dame Rachel de Souza, and other leading thinkers, politicians and commentators.

We’ll also be hosting a number of private breakfast roundtables on energy, Net Zero, digital skills and housing reform. For more information on those events please email [email protected].

Please direct all media enquiries to [email protected],uk 

We are still finalising our programme and this page will be updated with a full version of our speakers closer to the time

We look forward to seeing you in the CPS & Capx Space, Symphony Hall Level 4, The ICC.


Current programme of events:




CapX Live: Can the Tories win the next election?

John Ashmore, Editor – Capx (Chair); Dr Frank Luntz; James Johnson, Co-Founder – JL Partners; Rachel Wolf, Founding Partner – Public First



What can the Conservatives do for families?

Tom Clougherty, Director of Research and Tax – CPS (Chair); Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, Children’s Commissioner for England; Victoria Prentis MP, Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions; Danny Kruger MP; Luke Stanley, Senior Research – Onward



How can we persuade communities to accept new homes? 

Sponsored by LPDF

Martina Lees – The Times (Chair); Lee Rowley MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; Paul Brocklehurst, Chairman LPDF; Nicholas Boys Smith, Director Create Streets; Alex Morton, Director of Strategy IEA



CPS Annual Sunday Evening Reception (Invitation only)

The Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Secretary of State for Education





The future of housing reform (Private breakfast roundtable)

Sponsored by Thakeham



Net Zero and the cost of living crisis (Private breakfast roundtable) 

Sponsored by EDF



What does the future of energy look like? (Private roundtable)

Sponsored by National Grid ESO



Can the City seize the opportunities of Brexit? 

Sponsored by ABI

Tom Clougherty, Director of Research and Tax – CPS (Chair); Bim Afolami MP; Gareth Davies MP; Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Strategist – Netwealth; Charlotte Clark, Director of Regulation – ABI



CapX Live: Is America doomed? 

Dr Frank Luntz & John Ashmore – Editor, CapX



Trade, exports and the path to Global Britain

Sponsored by City of London Corporation

Nick King, Research Fellow – CPS (Chair); The Rt Hon Conor Burns MP, Minister of State at the Department for International Trade; The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP; Chris Hayward, Chairman of Policy and Resources – City of London Corporation; Charlotte Crosswell OBE, Chair and Trustee – Open Banking; Sally Jones, UK Trade Strategy and Brexit Leader – EY



Why choose Britain?

Robert Colvile, Director – CPS (Chair); Andrew Griffith MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury; Lord Spencer, Chairman IPGL; Rt Hon Sir John Redwood MP; Hannah Gurga, Director General – ABI



In conversation with… 

The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office & Robert Colvile, Director – CPS 





How can the UK stay competitive and reach Net Zero? (Private breakfast roundtable)

Sponsored by Valero



Are business rates killing the high street?

Sponsored by Colliers

Tom Clougherty, Director of Research and Tax – CPS (Chair); Anthony Browne MP; John Webber, Director and Head of Rating – Colliers International; Vivienne King, Head of Real Estate Social Impact – The Good Economy; Nick Lakin, Corporate Affairs Director – Kingfisher



CapX Live: What would Maggie do?

Alys Denby, Deputy Editor – Capx (Chair); The Rt Hon Lord Willetts; Dr Nile Gardiner  – Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom; Matthew Elliott – Senior Political Adviser, Shore Capital 



How can we build more houses?

Sponsored by Thakeham

Elizabeth Dunkley, Researcher – CPS (Chair); The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Minister of State Department of Health and Social Care; Robert Boughton, CEO – Thakeham; Freddie Poser, Director – PricedOut; John Myers – YIMBY Alliance; Samuel Hughes – University of Oxford


15.30 – 16.30

Road pricing and the future of transport 

Sponsored by Clean Air Fund

Dillon Smith, Researcher for Environment and Energy Policy CPS (Chair); Robert Courts MP; Huw Merriman MP; Imogen Martineau, UK Portfolio Manager CAF; Sam Dumitriu, Economist


17.00 – 18.00

In conversation with…

Sponsored by Thakeham

The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & Robert Colvile, Director – CPS


18.30 – 19.30

In conversation with… 

Sponsored by Airbus

Chris Philp MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury & Robert Colvile, Director – CPS; introduced by Oriel Petry, Senior Vice President UK Public Affairs – Airbus