Platform is co-hosting Repowering Britain: two days of free public events with Labour Energy Forum during Labour 2017 Conference fringe.

Repowering Britain is a space for bold left visions for a transformed economy, society and energy system. We will bring together thinkers and doers to discuss what our country should look like in 10, 20, 30 years. We will envision a reindustrialised and democratised economy that addresses the climate crisis and hands back control. 

All events are free. Venue: Buddies Cafe Bar (46 King’s Rd) – 1 minute along the seafront from the Brighton Centre. Register for individual events at links below.

Monday 25th September

9:15am – 11:15am Repowering Britain: Who Owns the Transport Future?

With Rachel Maskell MP (Shadow Transport Minister ), Leonie Cooper AM, Manuel Cortes (General Secretary TSSA), Cat Hobbs (We Own It)

21st century transport is changing. The end of the petrol engine, decline in private car ownership, smarter public transport. Who will own the automated electric vehicles of the future – Uber or the people?

12pm – 1:45pm Organising from the roots: how Labour can work with social movements

With Martin Smith (Head of Organising, Labour Party), Hilary Wainwright (Red Pepper), Councillor Aydin Dikerdem, Ewa Jasiewicz (union organiser)

With Corbyn’s promise of ‘a different kind of politics’, how can Labour collaborate with and support community struggles, without co-opting them? And what can we learn from radical cities like Barcelona?

2pm-4pm Climate Transition for our cities and our jobs – Aberdeen to Plymouth

Andy Burnham (Mayor of Manchester – tbc), Felicity Premru (TSSA),  Dave Watson (UNISON Scotland), Jonathan Atkinson (Carbon Coop), Melanie Smallman (SERA), Franziska Paul (University of Glasgow), Emma Hughes (Platform London)

Councils can create thousands of decent jobs, keep energy revenues local, end fuel poverty and shift to 100% clean power. German cities like Munich are doing it. Is Labour ready to show leadership?

5:15pm – 6:30pm Radical Municipal Democracy – How can Labour councils deliver for the Many not the Few?

Marsha de Cordova MP, Cllr Matthew Brown, (Preston City Council), Cllr Dan Iley-Williamson (Oxford), Natasha Nkonde, GLC Story (tbc)

Town hall politics should hand power back to communities and build social housing, not promote gentrification. How can Labour democratise our city councils and build 21st century municipal socialism?

6:45pm – 8pm  Mass deportations – Theresa May & New Labour’s Shameful Migration Secret  (co-hosted by Lesbians & Gays Support the Migrants)

Owen Jones (journalist), Aderonke Apata (LGBT activist, Labour member, former Yarls Wood detainee), Jo Ram (End Deportations, on trial for preventing a mass deportation flight), Shanthi Sivakumaran (Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers), Rachel Shabi (tbc)

Secret mass deportations are violent and abusive, like Trump’s Muslim ban. Labour introduced the practice in the 1990s – how can we end it and build a more humane vision for immigration?

Tuesday 26th September

9:15am – 11:15am Repowering Britain: Who Owns the Energy Future? 

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP (Shadow Secretary of State for BEIS), Clive Lewis MP, Mika Minio-Paluello (Labour Energy Forum), Ajai Ahluwalia (tbc), Sam Mason (PCS)

Wind, solar, tidal and energy storage will transform our lives. Can the clean future be democratically owned by the people? Launching Labour Energy Forum’s report “Who Owns the Wind, Owns the Future”.

12pm – 1:45pm Repowering England: building a progressive truly-left vision for England (that doesn’t reinforce racist values)

Lisa Nandy MP, Clive Lewis MP, David Babbs (Executive Director – 38 Degrees), David Wearing (tbc), Rowenna Davis (tbc), Jane Trowell (Platform)

Millions of people describe being ‘English’ as more important to them than being British. Can Labour tell a progressive story for England in the 21st century, that supports solidarity not xenophobia?

2pm – 4pm  Can a clean Industrial Strategy deliver a Just Transition and a transformed economy?

Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy), Paul Mason (journalist), Lisa Nandy MP, Clive Lewis MP, Richard Leonard MSP (Scottish Shadow Secretary for Industrial Strategy), John Storey (Unite), Mariana Mazzucato (tbc)

Climate change poses stark challenges for workforces in polluting industries – many loyal to Labour. How do we build a 21st century, reindustrialised, democratised economy? Can regions abandoned by Conservatives – from Clydeside to Tyneside, South Wales to Yorkshire – play a leading role?

4pm – 5pm What’s a truly Left vision for the arts/culture? (because it’s not yet in the Labour manifesto…)

With Ashish Ghadiali (Filmmaker, Screenwriter and Co-Editor of Red Pepper Magazine), Harpreet Kaur (Cultural Consultant), Julie Ward MEP, Gary Anderson (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Liverpool Hope University; Artists for Corbyn), Jess Worth (Culture Unstained), Clara Pailliard (President PCS union, Culture Sector)

Government cuts are denying universal entitlement to culture, arts, and arts education, ensuring they’re evermore colonised as white, middle-class, monied activities. How can Labour truly democratise culture, and have it contribute to a world beyond climate change?

5:15pm – 6:30pm Winning with Public Power; municipal energy can end fuel poverty and accelerate climate action

Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol), Shirley Rodrigues (Deputy Mayor of London for Energy & Environment – tbc), Cllr Steve Battlemuch (Director of Robin Hood Energy – tbc), Cllr Claudia Webbe (Islington -Cabinet Lead for Energy -tbc), Syed Ahmed (Energy for London), Andy Cumbers (Adam Smith Business School), Emma Hughes (Platform)

Clean, cheap, democratic public energy can end the Big 6 rip-off. Our manifesto promised public energy in every region, and some Labour councils have already set up supply companies – so what next?

6:45pm – 8:15pm Labour Divests from Fossil Fuels: Building a New Economy

Rupa Huq MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, Allison Roche (UNISON), Cllr Simon Miller (tbc), Sakina Sheikh (Labour Energy Forum)

£14 billion of local council pension funds are in fossil fuels. Divesting can free up capital to reinvest into social housing, clean energy, and public transport – building a fossil free future.

8:30pm – 10pm  Can we stop fracking from Lancashire to Algeria; Decolonising our Energy

Catherine West MP, Claudia Beamish MSP (Scottish Shadow Secretary for Environment & Climate Change), Hamza Hamouchene (Environmental Justice North Africa), Asad Rehman (War on Want)

British corporations like BP and Cuadrilla are trying to impose fracking from Argentina and Algeria to Lancashire. How can Labour show leadership and fight for clean jobs, water and the climate?