[Updated with times etc. from Helen]

After last year’s surprise success at the Progressive London conference (due mainly to Boris popping out on his dredger trip the week before and giving me a perfect story to illustrate how blogging can interact with politics in real-time) they’ve invited Helen and myself back for this year’s show, along with some minor figures like cabinet ministers.

First me, since owing to email shenanigans I’ve only just discovered what I’ll be talking about (the Transport session, oddly enough – ‘Keep London Moving — cut fares not investment’ from 3:30-4:45)  and who I’ll be on the panel with (Steve Hart from Unite, Val Shawcross AM, Simon Birkett from the Clean Air Campaign, Transport Minister Sadiq Khan, all chaired by Simon Weller of ASLEF).  As badass a bunch of leftie troublemakers as Andrew Gilligan could possibly want, not that I’m expecting the Great Journalist to stoop so far as to attend in person.

Helen, who for reasons of openness we’d better point out has helped out with the organisation this year, is I think doing ‘One society, many cultures’ at 10am although I’m open to correction on that – as I said, emails are being eaten somewhere, probably at my end.  She’s also in the bloggers’ session 11:45 – 1:15 along with Sunny Hundal, Alex Smith and Andy Newman – also appearing from the blog end of London are Martin Hoscik of Mayorwatch (10am, Holding the Mayor to Account), Adam Bienkov of Tory Troll (in something with the durr…obvious title of ‘Why the Tories are not progressive’) and Dave ‘Real, Proper Journalist’ Hill of the Guardian.

Full details below:


Saturday 30 January
Registration from 9am

Congress House, Great Russell St
London WC1 (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road)

Click here to register online or go to www.progressivelondon.org.uk
£10 waged; £6 unwaged

The conference aims build a progressive alliance to stop the advance of right-wing ideas and parties and looks at ways we can work across communities, parties, and campaigns to promote social progress for the capital in 2010.

Speakers include:

Ken LivingstoneSadiq Khan MP • Speech Debelle JohannHari —writer Jean Lambert MEP— Green Party • Frances O’Grady— Deputy General Secretary, TUC • Jon Cruddas MPLembit Opik MP • 
Eugenie Harvey — Director of 10:10 •  Doreen LawrenceGeorge Galloway MP Mehdi Hasan — Senior Editor (Politics), New StatesmanRichard Gott — writer • Darren Johnson
— Green Party • Serge Lourie — Leader LB Richmond Upon Thames, Lib Dem • Kate Hudson — Chair, CND • Mike Tuffrey — Leader, London Assembly Liberal Democrats • Professor Tariq RamadanEdie Friedman — JCORE • Linda Perks — Regional Secretary, Unison Dr Abdul Bari — MCB
Tessa Jowell MP Nizam Uddin — President of ULU • Jenny Jones AM — Green Party • Chris McLaughlin — Editor, TribuneLutfur Rahman — Leader LB Tower Hamlets • Adam Bienkov — London political blogger • Jon Trickett MPNoel
— Chair, Compass Youth • Megan Dobney — Regional Secretary, SERTUC • Samuel Moncada — Venezuelan Ambassador • Sunny Hundal — Liberal Conspiracy • Bell Ribberio-Addy — NUS Black Students’ Officer • Len
Duvall AM
Mick Shaw — President FBU • Helen Gardner
Boriswatch.co.uk • Steve Hart — Unite regional secretary • Matty Mitford — Director, Boris Keep Your Promise • Wilf Sullivan — TUC Race Equality Officer • Val Shawcross AMAndy Newman — Socialist Unity • Ann
Professor Avi Shlaim — International Relations, Oxford University • Karen Stalbow —Shelter • Bruce Kent — Vice President CND • Neal Lawson — Compass • Kevin Maguire
The MirrorJames Macintyre — Political Correspondent, New
Daf Addley — NUS LGBT Officer • Simon Birkett — Clean Air Campaign • Karen Buck MP • Uprise
speaker • Martin Hoscik — editor MayorWatch • Alex Smith — Labourlist • Cllr Stephen Cowan — Labour group leader, Hammersmith and Fulham • Anni
Anas Altikriti — British Muslim Initiative • Claude Moraes MEPSam Tarry — Chair Young Labour • Tom Barry — Boriswatch.co.uk • Richard Ascough — GMB • Simon Weller — ASLEF • Professor  Danny Dorling Simon Weller — ASLEF • Diane Abbott MPRowenna Davis — writer Jon McClureReverend and the Makers


• Investment not cuts

• Why the Tories are not progressive

• Stopping the BNP — no concessions to the far right

• After Copenhagen — turning the tide on climate

• No to Boris Johnson’s fare increases

• Lessons from Latin America

• Young people and the economic crisis

• Gaza one year on

• PR — progress through electoral reform?

• Trident, Afghanistan, Iraq — the cost of war

• One society, many cultures

• Capitalwoman

• Sessions on a progressive agenda for London —
affordable housing, transport, culture and many more

enquiries email: info@progressivelondon.org.uk


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