Brighton Centre, Brighton
The Labour party was itself originally established as the political voice of the trade union movement and Unite plays a full and active part in Labour party affairs at all levels, from the national conference and executive to the constituencies. The 2013 Labour party conference is being held in Brighton. Find out more about the Labour party on the Labour party conference website.
Conference fringe meetings
Real Britain - Battling austerity and the Con Dem cuts
A joint Unite and Daily Mirror fringe
Sunday 22 September, 12:45-14:00 at the Alexandra Room, Grand Hotel, 97-99 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FW
Kevin Maguire, associate editor politics, Daily Mirror
Speakers include Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, Daily Mirror Real Britain columnist Ros Wynne-Jones plus Real Britain campaigners: Hetty Bower, Britain's oldest living campaigner on life before the NHS; Jack Monroe, agirlcalledjack.com blogger on using foodbanks; and Mary Laver, disabled former RAF-woman on fighting the welfare cuts.
Trade unions: New rights; new freedoms
Joint Unite, IER & Campaign for Trade Union Freedom fringe
Monday 23 September, 12.30-14:00, Alexandra Room, Grand Hotel, 97-99 King’s Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FW
Speakers include Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, North Ayrshire and Arran MP Katy Clark, professor Keith Ewing, president, Institute of Employment Rights, Andy Green, secretary, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom, John Hendy QC, vice president, Campaign for Trade Union Freedom and Sarah Veale, head of Equality and Employment Rights, TUC, plus other speakers may be added.
What is a working class MP and how do we get more of them?
Joint LabourList, Unite and Mass1 fringe meeting
Monday 23 September from 12.30 in the Preston Room at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, Brighton
Chaired by Mark Ferguson, editor of LabourList
with speakers including Iain Lavery MP, Unite political director Jennie Formby, PPC for Peterborough Lisa Forbes, David Skelton director of Renewal
Why we need a ‘One Nation Young Labour’ - the cost of being a young person
A joint Labour Young Trade Unionists and Class fringe
Tuesday 24 September from
18:00 at the Skyline Room, Brighton Media Centre
Chaired by Caroline Hill, Ucatt rep, Young Labour National Committee and LYTUN.
Speakers include Owen Jones - author and Independent columnist, GMB rep Ryan Ward - TUC Young Workers Forum and LYTUN, Ellie Mae O'Hagan – columnist for the Guardian and Unite Community, Sachin Patel - USDAW rep, Young Labour National Committee and LYTUN and Lisa Nandy MP - shadow minister for children and families.
Keep east coast on track. Labour campaign to keep east coast public
A joint TSSA and Unite fringe
Tuesday 24 September from 18:00 at the Glyndebourne 2 room at the Holiday Inn, Brighton
Chaired by Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland. Speakers include shadow secretary of state for transport Maria Eagle MP, TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes, Sheila Gilmore MP, East Coast Rail employee and TSSA EC member Andi Fox, Sarah Champion MP, Catriona Hobbs - director, We Own It!, Pat Glass MP and Jon Cruddas MP.