The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, is hosting a ‘State of the Economy’ conference at Imperial College in London on Saturday.

The one day conference will hear from a number of world-leading experts to discuss the current state of the UK economy including: Ha-Joon Chang, Paul Mason, Linda Yueh, Jonathan Portes, Adam Marshall (Acting Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce), Len McCluskey (Unite General Secretary) and Helen Walbey from the Federation of Small Businesses.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the conference in the afternoon and there will be a keynote speech by John McDonnell in the morning.

Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Business Secretary, and Labour’s entire Shadow Treasury team will be attending and chairing sessions throughout the day and the ideas that are discussed will help to inform Labour’s economic policy making.

 

Filming opportunities: Speech by John McDonnell 11.00 – 11.20, Speech by Jeremy Corbyn 16.10 – 16.30

When: 1030 for a 1100 start for John McDonnell’s speech. 1545 for a 1610 start for Jeremy Corbyn’s speech. Saturday 21 May 2016.

Where: Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ

 

You must accredit by 1700 Hrs, Friday 20 May 2016 to attend this event.

 

To accredit please email mediaevents@labour.org.uk with your name, role, organisation, mobile number and email address.

 

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“I am bringing together a range of economic experts at this one day conference to help stimulate the debate about how we can create a future economy where prosperity is shared by all.”

“The conference will analyse the current state of the UK economy and we will also be hosting workshop sessions chaired by Labour’s Shadow Treasury team to ensure the conference is truly participatory as we want to hear everyone’s ideas.”

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Party Leader, said:

 

“By broadening and opening up the debate about the future of our economy we can lay the ground for Labour to return to power in 2020 and make the changes we need.”

 

“The New Economics events John McDonnell has been hosting all round the country have been fantastic and I’m very pleased to be speaking at Labour’s state of the economy conference.”

Dr Ha-Joon Chang, said:

"I'm looking forward to speaking at Labour’s economic conference as I think it's great that in the spirit of Labour’s new politics the Shadow Chancellor is opening up the debate on the future of the economy to people from all round the country.

 

“Perhaps if the Conservatives listened to a broader range of viewpoints the economy wouldn't be in such a mess.”

 

“No sensible economist agrees with the way the Conservatives are handling the economy at the moment, so I hope this conference will play a major part in developing Labour's alternative plans for a more dynamic, fairer, and more sustainable economy".


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