City-REDI at the Party Conferences

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City-REDI is delighted to be hosting fringe events at this year’s Labour and Conservative Party Conferences on the theme of Brexit.

Findings from the University of Birmingham suggest that the UK’s cities and regions which voted for Brexit are also the most economically dependent on EU markets for their prosperity and viability. With differing sectoral and trade compositions between regions across the country, it is vitally important to consider regional vulnerabilities in the UK-EU negotiations. Both events link into our research findings which have attracted national level media attention and coverage. With Brexit fast approaching, discussions will focus on how we can overcome the challenges of Brexit at a local level to ensure that UK is politically, socially, as well as economically sustainable for future generations.

The Labour Party Conference fringe event on ‘Understanding and mitigating the risks of Brexit at local level’ takes place on Monday 24 September, 12.30-1.30pm at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool. Chaired by City-REDI’s Administrative Director Rebecca Riley, speakers include:

  • Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Professor of Regional Economic Development, City-REDI
  • Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK
  • Jenny Chapman MP, Shadow Minister for Exiting the EU
  • Neena Gill, MEP for the West Midlands
  • Anne Green, Professor of Regional Economic Development, City-REDI
  • Professor Anand Menon, Director of UK in a Changing Europe

The Conservative Party Conference returns to Birmingham this year and City-REDI will be taking this opportunity to host a fringe on ‘Overcoming the challenges of Brexit at local level’.

This event takes place 1.30-2.45pm on Tuesday 2 October at the Library of Birmingham and is chaired by Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement and City-REDI Director. Speakers include:

Both events are open to conference delegates and members of the public and we encourage you to come along. To attend these free events please register here.


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