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At-a-glance: Guide to Conservative 2016 conference agenda

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The Conservative Party is gathering in Birmingham for its annual autumn conference, which will be Theresa May's first as leader and prime minister. Here's a guide to what's happening and some of the highlights.


Sunday 2 October

09:00: Andrew Marr: Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to appear on the BBC show and other media outlets during the morning

14:00: Conference opening: The conference will officially be opened by Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin and the party's West Midlands mayoral candidate, Andy Street

Global Britain: Making a success of Brexit: Theresa May will make her first speech to the conference, on Britain's exit from the European Union.

Speeches will also be made by:

  • Brexit Secretary David Davis
  • International Development Secretary Priti Patel
  • Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

16.45: An opportunity for party members to meet the chairman, Patrick McLoughlin


Monday 3 October

10.30: Economy: Chancellor Philip Hammond will make his keynote speech to the conference. Also due to speak:

  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Greg Clark
  • Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid
  • Transport Secretary Chris Grayling

14.30: Economy: Speeches from Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Karen Bradley, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Andrea Leadsom and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

16.30: Preparation for 2017 elections: A campaigning session focusing on next year's local and mayoral elections in England, Scotland and Wales.


Tuesday 4 October

10.30: Celebrating the union: Speeches from

  • Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies
  • Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns
  • Scotland Secretary David Mundell
  • Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire

11.00: Speeches from Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Justice Secretary Liz Truss and Home Secretary Amber Rudd

14.30: Speeches from Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Education Secretary Justine Greening

16.30: Party members discuss why they joined the Conservative Party


Wednesday 5 October

10.00: A party that works for everyone: Contributions from Conservative MPs

10.30: Speeches from House of Lords leader Baroness Evans and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson

Speech by Prime Minister Theresa May