Open Labour is promising “an action-packed day of debates, workshops and brilliant guest speakers” at its first ever online conference – ‘A Politics of Hope’ – to be held on Sunday 21 March.
“With Covid-19, Brexit, climate change, and the global rise of the far-right, politics feels quite bleak,” says the self-styled “practical, open-minded and tolerant” Labour left group.
The conference aims to create “a new agenda within Labour taking on the immediate Covid challenge and the long-term challenges around climate change, automation, a broken electoral system, global inequality and more”.
Sponsored by the Electoral Reform Society, the day will include workshops, discussions and debates with politicians, campaigners and thinkers from across the Labour movement.
Confirmed speakers so far include:
- Cllr Alice Perry, vice-chair of Labour’s NEC
- James Meadway, former advisor to the Shadow Chancellor
- Labour MPs Nadia Whittome, Alex Sobel MP & Clive Lewis
- Ann Black, Labour NEC member and chair of the party’s National Policy Forum
- Paul Sweeney, former MP for Glasgow North East
- Laura Parker, from Labour for a New Democracy
- Jermain Jackman, of 1987 Caucus
More speakers will be announced in the near future, including some keynote names and international speakers.