PCG set for action at the party conferences

16 Sep

Andrew Chamberlain, PCG's Senior Public Affairs Advisor

Conference season is upon us once again and PCG will be making a big splash at all three of the main parties’ annual gatherings. We will be blogging and tweeting from inside the conferences and you can follow us @PCG_policy.

The autumn conferences provide a great opportunity to raise the profile of PCG amongst the key decision makers in each political party and, in so doing, influence policy.  This year PCG, in conjunction with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and ComRes, will be hosting a fringe event at each conference, putting the value of freelancing firmly on the agenda.

 First up is Birmingham and the Liberal Democrats.

Entitled, ‘Flexible working – the Liberal way?’ our event  will focus on freelancing , the value this brings to the UK economy, and the tendency for freelancing, self-employment and other forms of flexible work to be poorly understood by policymakers.  Alongside PCG Managing Director John Brazier on the panel will be Tom Hadley, Director of Policy  at REC and Andrew Hawkins, Chief Exec at ComRes.  Chairing the event will be Steven Gilbert MP, Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Freelance Sector and a great supporter of PCG’s.  We are particularly delighted that our keynote speaker will be Edward Davey MP, Minister for Employment Relations.  With such a star studded panel and a great location inside the secure zone we are expecting a strong turnout and an informative debate.

Next on the conference trail will be the Labour Party in Liverpool. 

Traditionally Labour has had an awkward relationship with the UK’s 1.4million freelancers and our event ‘Self employment and the Left, building a flexible workforce’ will seek to examine how the Labour Party have adapted to modern working practices.  With Paul Talbot, Assistant General Secretary at Unite, on the panel it should certainly be a lively discussion!  Bringing some star quality to the event is key note speaker Chuka Umunna, Shadow Minister for Employment and a real rising star within the Party, hotly tipped for great things.  Alongside them will be Simon McVicker, Head of Public Affairs at PCG, Gillian Econopouly from REC and Andrew from ComRes .  Ensuring the debate remains civil, Labour Party grandee and close friend of PCG’s, Doug Henderson will be in the Chair.

 Finally we move on to the Conservatives in Manchester

We take a detailed look at an issue which affects many freelancers: security cleared contracting.  Working with the University of Buckingham, PCG have produced a report which makes key recommendations to Government which would improve freelancers’ access to contracts that require security clearance. The report will be launched at the event, ‘Securing Britain’s future, are the best people getting security cleared roles’?  Author Professor Anthony Glees will be on the panel, together with John Brazier, Andrew from ComRes and Kevin Green, Chief Exec at REC.  The discussion will highlight the importance of this issue in the context of national security and will challenge the Government to more robustly enforce guidelines which are designed to ensure that the right people are working in security cleared roles.

Away from the events PCG will be rubbing shoulders with influential politicians, business representatives and policy makers.  If you happen to be at conference please do come along to our event.  Details are below.  I hope to see you there.

 Liberal Democrats – Flexible working, the liberal way?

Tuesday 20 September 2011, 18.15-19.30,

The ICC, Hall 7a, (secure zone)

 Labour Party – Self employment and the left, building a flexible workforce

Sunday 25 September 2011 18:00 to 20:00
ACC Liverpool (inside secure site)
Concourse Fringe Room 2

Conservative Party – Securing Britain’s Future: Are the best people getting security cleared roles?

Tuesday 4 October 19.30 – 21.00

Manchester Central Exchange 6 & 7 (secure zone)


One Response to “PCG set for action at the party conferences”

  1. jane bowles October 2, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    Pcg are doing some very good work with parliamentarians and government on behalf of freelancers

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