Welsh Labour Conference 2022 | Cynhadledd Llafur Cymru 2022
Llandudno | Friday 11th March - Sunday 13th March
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FRINGE
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Saturday 12 March | 09:30 - 09:45
Opening of Conference
Saturday 12 March | 09:45 - 09:50
Welcome to Conference
Saturday 12 March | 09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s address – Nick Ireland
Saturday 12 March | 10.00 – 10.55
Debate: Senedd Electoral Reform
Saturday 12 March | 10.55 – 11.00
Treasurer’s Report
Saturday 12 March | 11.00 – 11.10
David Evans, General Secretary of the Labour Party
Saturday 12 March | 11.10 – 11.20
WLGA Report – Cllr Andrew Morgan
Saturday 12 March | 11.20 – 11.30
Carolyn Harris MP – Deputy Leader, Welsh Labour
Saturday 12 March | 11.30 – 12.00
Keynote address: Rt Hon Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party
Saturday 12 March | 12.00 – 12.30
WEC Report and WPF Report
Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Rhuddlan Room, Venue Cymru
NUS Wales: Centenary Lunch Reception

The National Union of Students is 100 years old this year! Join us and a host of familiar faces from the student movement down the years to celebrate a century of students leading the way. We’ll also imagine how Wales can be at the cutting edge of forging a new vision for education over the next 100 years. Let’s reconnect after two years that have fundamentally altered what it means to be a student, and move together towards the next general election in 2024 – a year that will also mark NUS Wales’ 50th birthday.

Rhuddlan Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Alwen Room, Venue Cymru
Hub Cymru Africa
What should Wales’ role be in International Development and Global Solidarity?

In the last two years the world has seen seismic changes; Covid-19 has demonstrated how closely linked we are, the murder of George Floyd opened up many people’s eyes to the racism that is still deeply entrenched in our societies, the climate and biodiversity emergencies are causing changes to the lives of those most as risk. The UK Government’s response? Cut the 0.7% aid budget, close down DFID and block efforts to achieve global equity on vaccine delivery. With a UK policy environment so at odds with Wales' vision for an outward looking and globally responsible country, what can we do to act in solidarity with the people that need our support the most? Join John Griffiths MS; Claire O’Shea, Head of Hub Cymru Africa and members of the Wales Overseas Agencies Group and the Wales and Africa sector.

Alwen Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Aled Room, Venue Cymru
Cardiff University
Remote working – what does the research tell us?

Professor Alan Felstead (Cardiff University)
& Nisreen Mansour (TUC Cymru)
Chair: Jenny Rathbone MS

The Welsh Government are aiming for 30% of the Welsh workforce to work remotely by giving people more options and choice on their workplace. Professor Alan Felstead sets out what his research tells us about remote working, and Nisreen Mansour from TUC Cymru will explore the practicalities of implementing the policy.

Aled Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Harlech Room, Venue Cymru
Building Communities Trust
Community Assets and the Recovery from the Pandemic

2022 will mark the year that we emerge from Covid. But it’s clear that the crisis of the pandemic will slide into a crisis of living standards, which will hit our poorest communities hardest.
This event looks at how organisations rooted in their communities can provide the support and opportunities that local people need to survive and prosper.
It will also discuss how Welsh Government and local authorities can work effectively with communities and community organisations to safeguard wellbeing and living standards at a time of crisis.

Chaired by Buffy Williams MS.

Harlech Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Padarn Room, Venue Cymru
UNISON Labour Link Fringe Meeting
National Care Service for Wales

There is a very real prospect of a National Care Service being created in Wales. This meeting will be an opportunity to explore how we can make it happen

Chaired by UNISON Cymru/Wales Regional Secretary Karen Loughlin.

Speakers:
Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Social Services
Siân Stockham – UNISON NEC & Care Worker
Jayne Bryant MS - Newport West
Further speakers to be confirmed

With thanks to Thompsons Solicitors who are sponsoring this meeting.

Padarn Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Ogwen B, Venue Cymru
ERS Cymru and Labour for a New Democracy
Wales for a new democracy


Where next for a Welsh democracy paving the way at a time when broader UK democracy is in crisis?

A conversation with:
Caroline Osborne, Political and Education Officer, Labour for a New Democracy
Huw Irranca Davies MS, MS for Ogmore and Chair of the Special Purpose Committee on Senedd Reform
Maddy Dhesi, campaigner, the3million and HandsOffOurVote
Shavanah Taj, General Secretary of the Wales TUC and Commissioner for the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales

Lunch provided.

Ogwen B, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Brenig Room, Venue Cymru
Unite Wales
Get Me Home Safely


Workers have a right to access safe transport at all hours of the day, yet many who work unsociable hours find it difficult. With few or no bus routes, those on low pay risk walking home alone after dark.

Join us as we explore ways in which we can get workers home safely.

Speakers:
Peter Hughes: Unite Wales Secretary
Hannah Blythyn MS: Deputy Minister for Social Partnership
Laura Smith: UK Campaign – Get Me Home Safely
Irina DaCarmo: Passenger Transport
Pasty Tuner: Unite Wales Hospitality & Community Co-ordinator

Refreshments.

Brenig Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Crafnant Room, Venue Cymru
Welsh NHS Confederation Health and Wellbeing Alliance


A drop-in session with twenty health and care organisations in attendance, including patient organisations, royal colleges, unions and the wider third sector. An informal chance to discuss a range of health and care policy areas and priorities for the Sixth Senedd.

Crafnant Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:30 - 14:00
Ogwen A, Venue Cymru
British Heart Foundation


Every year, heart disease kills thousands of women in Wales. Coronary heart disease alone kills twice as many women as breast cancer. And yet, heart disease is often perceived as something which only affects men. This assumption is costing women their lives.

Working with patients, clinicians, and the public, we have identified that women are disadvantaged throughout the patient pathway. Women are less likely to be made aware of their risk, less likely to be diagnosed quickly and less likely to receive optimal treatment and rehabilitation.

Attend the BHF Cymru Fringe to find out how we can work towards ending biases in biology.

Ogwen A, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 13:00 - 14:00
Cae Mor Hotel
Cymdeithas Cledwyn Fringe (1.00pm)
AGM and celebration of a 100 years of a Labour Majority in Wales


How Labour has maintained a majority for a hundred years

Chair: Eluned Morgan MS

Speaker: Rev. D. Ben Rees - biographer of books on Jim Griffiths, Aneurin Bevan and Elystan Morgan

This year, Welsh Labour will celebrate a hundred years of winning majorities in every major election in Wales. This is a remarkable achievement and Rev D. Ben Rees a respected historian and author who has written biographies on Jim Griffiths, Aneurin Bevan and Elystan Morgan will set out some of the reasons for this success and talk about some of the key characters who have helped Welsh Labour to maintain this dominant position over the past century.

Free Buffet
Kindly sponsored by Camlas.

Cae Mor Hotel
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Saturday 12 March | 14.00 – 14.10
Jo Stevens MP - Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Saturday 12 March | 14.10 – 14.40
Keynote address – Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister and Leader of Welsh Labour
Saturday 12 March | 14.40 – 14.50
Awards
Saturday 12 March | 14.50 – 15.35
Policy Debate: Climate Change & Transport
Saturday 12 March | 15.35 – 15.45
TULO report
Saturday 12 March | 15.45 – 16.30
Policy Debate:Economy & Social Justice
Saturday 12 March | 16.30 – 16.40
Welsh Labour General Secretary Report
Saturday 12 March | 16:40-16:45
Co-operative Party address
Saturday 12 March | 16.45 – 17.30
Policy Debate:Health and Social Services
Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Rhuddlan Room, Venue Cymru
Wales TUC
Fighting for Fair Work

How can governments and unions tackle insecurity, bad bosses and poor jobs in Wales?

Hannah Blythyn MS Deputy Minister for Social Partnership
Shavanah Taj, General Secretary Wales TUC
Professor Jean Jenkins, Chair, Wales TUC Commission on the Future of Work
Karen Loughlin, Regional Secretary Unison Cymru/Wales

Rhuddlan Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Brenig Room, Venue Cymru
Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre
The Welsh Election Study

One year on from the 2021 Senedd elections, the Welsh Election Study (WES) team continues to generate new data about why people in Wales voted the way they did. The WES team has carried out the largest devolved election study ever, and has already unveiled key findings about support for independence, attitudes to the political parties and their leaders.

Join researchers from Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre as they outline what Wales thinks about the parties, the union, national identity and a whole host of other issues which will be crucial for Welsh Labour in the coming years.

Brenig Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Padarn Room, Venue Cymru
The Wales co-operative party & Wales co-operative Centre
Co-operators in Power

We will explore how co-operators in power in Wales have delivered on their values and can continue to build a co-operative country through policies outlined in the “Owning the Future” manifesto. Hear from speakers including Welsh Government Economy Minister Vaughan Gething, Welsh Government Climate Change Minister Julie James and Derek Walker, Chief Executive of the Wales Co-operative Centre. The meeting will be chaired by Jackie Jones, Chair of the Welsh Co-operative Council.

Padarn Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Harlech Room, Venue Cymru
Healthy Air Cymru
Beyond the limits – tackling air pollution in Wales

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to public health. At a cost of £1bn per year to our NHS, air pollution is draining our resources, straining our health system, and cutting short lives. Join us for a discussion on what we need to do to tackle dirty air in Wales.

Chaired by Huw Irranca-Davies MS, the event will feature Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS; Chair of Healthy Air Cymru, Joseph Carter; and Professor Paul Lewis.

Harlech Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Alwen Room, Venue Cymru
Terrence Higgins Trust & LGBT+ Labour Wales
Ending HIV cases by 2030: Can Wales lead the way?

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services (invited)
Richard Angell, Campaigns Director, Terrence Higgins Trust
Dr Olwen Williams OBE, Consultant Physician in Genitourinary/HIV Medicine, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Gianpiero Molinu, Chair, Fast Track Cardiff & Vale
Chair: Cllr Ash Lister, Chair, LGBT+ Labour Wales

Wales was the first UK nation to commit to ending new cases of HV by 2030 and was a pioneer in the rollout of PrEP. The First Minister’s ‘Programme for Government’ outlines the plan for an HIV Action Plan to meet the zero HIV cases goal. There is lots to do – increase testing, transform the data available, make PrEP available in primary care and support people post HIV diagnosis with mental health and peer support. Despite this, can Wales lead the way?

Alwen Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Crafnant Room, Venue Cymru
Growth Track 360
Why the North Wales/North West of England Cross Border Agenda is a Labour Agenda

This fringe meeting is sponsored by the Mersey Dee Alliance (MDA) and Growth Track 360 (GT360). The MDA represents the cross-border integrated economy of North East Wales, West Cheshire and the Wirral and seeks to transform the contribution of the cross-border economy to the UK. GT360 campaigns for the transformational upgrade of cross-border connectivity.

Speakers from North Wales and North West England will describe the MDA and GT360 programmes and how they connect to a Labour agenda to improve the lives of working people and the value of Labour Leadership of the Welsh Government, Cheshire Councils and Liverpool City Region.

Crafnant Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Aled Room, Venue Cymru
GMB Union
Just transition to a green economy

The road towards net zero provides a big challenge for the whole of Wales.

Join us to discuss how Politicians, voters, employers, and employees must all work together to tackle the country’s energy needs and build a greener future for Wales.

Aled Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Isaiah Suite, St George’s Hotel
FUW

Our informal drinks reception will be held on Saturday 12th March at 5.30pm in the Isaiah Suite in the St George's Hotel. Join us to enjoy some Welsh produce and to speak with FUW representatives so that we can discuss the future of farming and the rural economy here in Wales.

Isaiah Suite, St George’s Hotel
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Ogwen B, Venue Cymru
Fair Vote UK
Democracy under attack: How should Wales respond?

From online disinformation stoking societal divisions to foreign money influencing our elections, democracy has never been more at risk. Devolution offers opportunities to act now in Wales, but time is running out.

Speakers:
Mick Antoniw MS Minister for the Constitution Welsh Government
Kyle Taylor Fair Vote UK Author: “The Little Black Book of Data and Democracy”
Ian Lucas Former Labour MP for Wexham, Author: “Digital Gangsters”.

Ogwen B, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 17:30 - 19:00
Ogwen A, Venue Cymru
Llafur100 Fringe
Celebrating a hundred years of Labour majorities in Wales

Hosted by Mark Drakeford MS, Eluned Morgan MS and kindly sponsored by Unison.

Chaired by Eluned Morgan MS

The First Minister, Mark Drakeford and the respected historian Merfyn Jones will set out the remarkable achievement of Welsh Labour retaining majorities in every major election in Wales since 1922. Setting out some of the key achievements, the challenging internal and external battlegrounds and noting some of the major characters they will talk about the reasons for success and how the Welsh Labour appeal has lasted for generations and impacted on all parts of the country.

Unison Cymru Labour Link Officer, Steve Belcher will also reflect upon the relationship between Unions and the Welsh Labour movement over the past centenary.

Ogwen A, Venue Cymru
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Sunday 13 March | 09:30 - 10:30
Doorstep App: Boardrunner training
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Sunday 13 March | 10.40 – 10.45
Obituaries
Sunday 13 March | 10.45 – 10.50
Chief Scrutineer
Sunday 13 March | 10.50 – 11.35
Policy Debate: Housing & Communities
Sunday 13 March | 11.35 – 12.05
Welsh Labour Democracy Review Report
Sunday 13 March | 12.05 – 12.50
Policy Debate:Education
Sunday 13 March | 12.50 – 12.55
Closing Remarks
Saturday 12 March | 10:00 - 11:00
Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
Post pandemic Wales: a new era for disability rights?

Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice
Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Social services

Supported by Leonard Cheshire Disability Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 12:50 - 13:50
Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
Offshore Wind: An energy and economic boon for Wales

Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Economy
Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change

Supported by Aker Offshore Wind

Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 15:00 - 16:00
Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
For the Full Team: The future of the NHS workforce

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

Supported by RCN Wales

Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
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Saturday 12 March | 16:30 - 17:30
Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
Responding to the Climate & Nature Emergency: The role of the food system

Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Rural Affairs, North Wales and Trefnydd

Supported by WWF Cymru

Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
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Sunday 13 March | 09:00 - 10:00
Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
Opportunities for lifelong learning in higher education

Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language

Supported by Universities Wales

Conwy Room, Venue Cymru
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Sunday 13 March | 10:15 - 11:15
Deganwy Room, Venue Cymru
First Minster’s Q&A

Rt Hon Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

Deganwy Room, Venue Cymru
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