Conservative Party Conference 2019: Major policy announcements and protests expected

28 September 2019, 11:39

The Conservative Party Conference is being held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex
The Conservative Party Conference is being held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Picture: PA Images
Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

As the Brexit divide looms over the Conservative Party, here is what to expect from their annual conference in Manchester.

Party members and MPs are due to meet in Manchester for their annual conference between 29th September and 2nd October, but deadlock in Parliament over Brexit means fewer MPs are expected to attend this year.

Regardless, a swathe of new policies, including a ban on livestock imports and a spending boost for eco-friendly initiatives, are expected to be announced over the coming days.

Fresh policy announcements

The party have announced their intention to ban the long-distance transport of live animals, effectively bringing the cross-border livestock trade to an end in the UK.

They also plan to spend £1bn to encourage the use of electric vehicles and will pledge to plant one million trees by 2024, in addition to proposed so-called 'pocket parks' on derelict or underdeveloped land.

The policies form part of a range of policies aimed at making the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

The Conservative Party is expected to announce a ban on livestock imports
The Conservative Party is expected to announce a ban on livestock imports. Picture: PA Images

Protests

Thousands are expected to join anti-government protests in Manchester, organised by opposition parties, trade unions and a variety of pressure groups.

Greater Manchester Police have formed a so-called 'ring of steel' barrier outside the convention complex, with increased police presence in the city centre throughout the conference.

MPs and Parliament

The House of Commons will sit during the conference after the Supreme Court ruled that prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.

A motion for three days of recess to allow Conservative MPs to attend the conference was voted down by 306 to 289, meaning it will be difficult for many to travel between the London and Manchester.

Boris Johnson will make his speech to Conservative Party members
Boris Johnson will make his speech to Conservative Party members. Picture: PA Images

Prime Minister's Speech

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make the traditional speech to mark the end of the conference on Wednesday.

It is unknown what will be said in the speech, but Johnson has been warned by colleagues to be careful over his use of language, with some accusing him of using slogans that incites violence against MPs.

The Prime Minister will leave Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stand in for him during Prime Minister's Questions.

What to watch out for

If you're attending the conference, here are some of the event's biggest speeches and most interesting meetings over the four days.

Sunday

A speech will be made by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at around 3pn, followed by a 'Delivering Brexit' panel discussion with Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg and Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay.

Monday

The Chancellor Sajid Javid will make his conference speech at around 3pm, where he is expected to reveal detail on some of the party's spending commitments.

Tuesday

The main event of the day will be a speech by Home Secretary Priti Patel at around 4pm, but many will also be interested to hear a speech by the Conservative candidate for the 2020 London Mayoral Election, Shaun Bailey AM.

Wednesday

All eyes will be on the Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his big speech to end the conference, expected at around 12.30pm.

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