I will be speaking at four meetings at Conference on Monday 3rd October.

12.45 Great or gloomy? – The UK economy in the next five years” (Bright Blue) Executive Room 1 Level 5 International Convention Centre Birmingham (conference pass needed)

4.15pm Britain after Brexit Embracing Openness not isolation (Taxpayers Alliance) Think Tent Level 3 ICC (at front of Convention Centre) (conference pass needed)

6.00pm Devolution and the Union Where next? (Conservative Home) Library of Birmingham, Room 101 (no pass needed)

6.45pm How to leave the EU Next steps for Brexit (Politeia) Novotel 70 Broad Street B1 2HT (no pass needed)


  1. Bert Young
    September 29, 2016

    The topics are particularly ” John Redwood ” and ought to provoke good media attention and support . There are few individuals who are qualified and able to deal with these topics – certainly John is one of them . I cannot be there so I trust all will be reported .

    1. Lifelogic
      September 29, 2016

      You can be fairly sure the BBC will look for other rather more trivial and personality driven areas to cover.

  2. Jerry
    September 29, 2016

    John, do you hope to speak from the conference floor, rather than the ‘fringe’, and thus be able to speak beyond those attending conference? Yes I know that many broadcasters and the new-media do cover such fringe meetings but not always live or uncut/unedited.

    Reply I will speak at the meetings I have set out. Ministers speak from the conference rostrum.

    1. acorn
      September 29, 2016

      Would someone please send Trade Secretay Liam Fox, back to his home planet, he has become delusional.

    2. Jerry
      September 29, 2016

      @JR reply; Sorry to say this but, for the sake of both government and Conservative party, if there are only going to be set speeches from ministers and invited guests then I really do hope that the broadcast media totally ignores the main conference, it will do less damage to its public image that way – no wonder the BBC is so keen to cover the ‘debates’ in the main hall…

      The more a party attempts to hide (possible) decent the more the public see decent.

      1. Patrick Geddes
        September 30, 2016

        Odd opinion Jerry
        All conferences are like this.
        There is extensive coverage on the BBC
        Ministers and shadow ministers state their policies in a series of main speeches.
        It’s not Question Time

        1. Jerry
          September 30, 2016

          @Patrick Geddes; Read our hosts reply to my original question, apparently only Ministers speak from the conference rostrum, not our host, nor delegates – almost all conferences are not like this, as the name implies, there is usually an exchange of two or more opinions. If it wasn’t for the fringe, networking events and the need for applause from dutiful delegates there would be no need to hold conference at vast expense (and inconvenience to the pubic trying to get on with their normal lives), those Ministers and other invited guests down to speak might as well video record their speeches and upload them to YouTube or the ‘members-net’ section of the conservative parties website…

          1. Patrick Geddes
            September 30, 2016

            Same as it’s always been
            Are you a Conservative party conference delegate then Jerry?

          2. Jerry
            October 1, 2016

            @Patrick Geddes; I seem to remember, from watching the party conference season coverage for over 40 years now, that the Conservatives (like all other parties still do [1]) used to call delegates from the floor, be they ordinary members or MPs etc, now it is just comes over as an overly stage managed PR event, not a conference.

            No I will not be attending, I do not belong to any political party, and never have, nor is there any legitimate reason for me to apply for a guest/press pass either. Hence why I am so concerned about how the events, from the (main) conference floor, come across on the live/as-live TV.

            [1] or in the case of Labour, have gone back to, post the Blairite era – perhaps Mrs May should take note

          3. Edward2
            October 2, 2016

            They do call delegates from the floor.
            What you see on TV is not what you get in the hall.
            As you say you will not be there.

          4. Patrick Geddes
            October 2, 2016

            Thank you Ted
            It’s managed by the party but what you see on TV is just a small percentage of the whole event.
            I can see how people who never attend like Jerry get the wrong impression

          5. Jerry
            October 2, 2016

            @Edward2; I wasn’t talking about the truly awful Daily Politics! Also, not everyone can attend conference, even if they are members, for one thing there are only ever going to be so many passes to any given venue even if the party wished to have a totally ‘open house’ policy.

            @Patrick Geddes; What is broadcast live (or as live) by BBC-P is the main conference floor and it is thus what the general public see, if the public (possibly floating voters) get the wrong impression that is not their fault nor that of the broadcasters but the conference organisers – but if all the party grandees wants to do is to preach to the already converted, fine…

  3. Richard1
    September 29, 2016

    Please Persuade someone to video your speeches and post the links here

  4. alan jutson
    September 29, 2016

    Good to see you spreading the good and positive word.

  5. ian wragg
    September 29, 2016

    By the end of the conference are we going to have a date set for invoking Article 50 or are we going to be subject to more waffle.
    Will we know when EU nationals will not be entitled to in work benefits and child allowance.
    Will we know how you intend to reduce non EU immigration and police our borders which is not dependent on the EU.
    Will you announce the economically illiterate living wage and Metro mayors so beloved by Gideon.
    Just askin…………………

  6. Vanessa
    September 29, 2016

    Why do you leave out the definite article now on everything which is a name? It is THE Conference in English or The Party Conference. If you speak Italian or even Spanish, I believe that the definite article is left out but not in English. The BBC does it for everything – a good reason NOT to copy them. It is a bit like the “t” is left out when spoken in lots of words, or “th” is reduced to “t” because of an inability to pronounce the “th”, or the “l” at the end of words. Are you so lazy that you are copying these awful habits? Soon Shakespeare’s English will be un recognisable.

    1. Lifelogic
      September 29, 2016

      ’tis evolution of language. A shame we cannot have evolution of some of the absurd English spellings, as indeed they had in Shakespeare’s day.

  7. David Price
    September 29, 2016

    Looks like you are going to have a very busy half day!

  8. Margaret
    September 29, 2016

    Come on maestro bring Brexit to Manchester. I can’t travel down to Birmingham and work.
    Is the conference in the middle of red Manchester this year.

  9. Iain Gill
    September 29, 2016

    Good luck John

  10. Caterpillar
    September 29, 2016

    ‘Next steps for Brexit’ … Perhaps …’Getting the Government to the first step’ might help.

  11. Pleb
    September 29, 2016

    Good Luck. Remember you might be able to stop what’s happening.
    There are few with intellect now who are in a position to influence change.

  12. Colin Hart
    September 29, 2016

    Room 101, eh? Hope this is not someone’s idea of a joke.

  13. Brigham
    September 30, 2016

    With the opposition parties in disarray, this is the perfect time to rub their noses in their stupid policies. What you have to do, is not commit any gaffes that can be fastened on to by the BBC. Think before you speak. I don’t think this really applies to you Mr Redwood, but some of your party have loose tongues, and they should be cautioned.

  14. Cheshire Girl
    September 30, 2016

    I came to hear you talk at a Fringe a few years ago in Manchester and enjoyed it. Unfortunately I cant attend the Conference this year.

    Of topic a bit: I see the Boss of John Lewis, Andy Street has been selected to become a candidate for Mayor of the East Midlands. He will set out his ideas at the Conference next week. I remember being there when Stuart Rose of M &S spoke. There seems to be a tradition of announcements of famous business people being appointed to some position or other. Hope it helps.

  15. agricola
    September 30, 2016

    Sad it has to be fringe meetings where I imagine the trend is to be talking to the converted, not the country as a whole. If they can let loose a sixteen year old William Hague at conference you would think they could find half an hour for you. These conferences are overly managed to the point of becoming back slapping propaganda lectures from the executive. The detachment was epitomised by the gap between what the party hierarchy wanted in relation to the EU and what the members and country wanted. A big mistake because information technology defeats narrow vested interest.

  16. Ken Moore
    September 30, 2016

    I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend either of the open meetings to hear JR speak – was a recording of these events made ?

    reply They are next MOnday

  17. Mitchel
    September 30, 2016

    I am in Birmingham on Monday.I will try to attend at least one of the non-passholder meetings.

  18. Ken Moore
    September 30, 2016

    I’m interested in the mental planning needed to deliver 4 complex presentations in one day..without notes presumably. Do you prepare an outline of each speech in advance or is all done from memory?.

    It’s quite a remarkable thing to be able to do … I would have to meticulously write and memorise for each event how do you do it JR??

    Reply No, I do not write or prepare. I speak about what is on my mind at the time, as on this blog

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