Come to TechCentral in Manchester at Labour Conference

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The UK political party conferences have seen health hotels and transport hubs; now it is time for TechCentral. An initiative from the teams behind MessageSpace and Big Brother Watch, TechCentral is putting technology and digital policy firmly on the party conference agenda for the first time.

With key players in the industry, including TalkTalk, Microsoft, EE, Facebook and a host of NGOs and start-ups, showcasing fringe meetings, debates, interactive experiences and workshops, TechCentral promises to be an exciting addition to the party conference season.

Conveniently placed in a marquee within the secure zone at the Labour and Conservative conferences and in the conference centre at the Liberal Democrat conference, TechCentral offers MPs, delegates, campaigners and journalists the chance to debate and explore tech and digital policy. MPs and candidates will also have the chance to brush up on their social media skills ahead of the general election through a series of workshops.

Emma Carr, co-founder of TechCentral says: “How technology and data are used can fundamentally improve the way that our country, and indeed the world, functions. Yet far more can be done to ensure that technology policy making is better informed and it is this that lies at the heart of TechCentral. We’re very pleased to have significant players in the digital industry supporting the project in its first year. The conferences will feature sessions on social media training for the general election and fringes on digital policy, all of which we very much hope the delegates will enjoy.”

TechCentral will be kitted out with free Wi-Fi from EE, the Facebook Geni Bar, live conference feed and a bloggers lounge (when fringes are not taking place).

For a full agenda of events taking place in TechCentral at each conference just click: Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Conference, or head over to the TechCentral website.

Get In: TechCentral at the Party Conferences

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With the pace of dramatic change and innovation in the world of technology – from driverless cars to wearable tech – public policy in the UK has lagged behind technological advances. In many respects this is due to the technology industry being more distant from politics in comparison to other public policy concerns like health and transport. Despite Britain having a large and vibrant technologically advanced economy.

Key public policy issues have in the past all enjoyed dedicated zones at the party conferences, with delegates and politicians flocking to hear about the latest advances and discuss hot issues. It’s long overdue that there was such a public forum to bridge the gap between the tech world and the political world. That new forum is TechCentral – a dedicated technology space within the secure zones at Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences, which will be attended by thousands of delegates.

It is unsurprising, given the importance of this year’s conferences ahead of next year’s general election, that TechCentral has secured partnerships with Facebook, Microsoft, EE, and TalkTalk. For example Microsoft will be offering sessions about coding and Facebook will be giving social media training for candidates using blazing fast 4G and wi-fi from EE. Afterwards Talk Talk will have you singing the night away with their X-Factor contest. Many other organisations will also be holding events in the TechCentral venue.

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A small number of opportunities for technology related organisations to hold their fringe sessions within TechCentral are still available. For more information about TechCentral, including partnership opportunities, pricing and the current agenda for each party conference, visit TechCentral or for more info email andrew@techcentral.org.uk.

Cameron Must Show Leadership to Protect Shipping Industry

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We support tough new laws on sulphur emissions, but the European Commission admit that the way they are being implemented will have a detrimental impact on the British economy.  In fact, figures show that 2000 UK jobs will be lost, and 12 million tonnes of C02 will be emitted unnecessarily.

We are working flat out to comply with new rules by 1st January 2015.  But the ‘scrubber’ technology we need has only just begun to work, and when it takes up to 50 days to fit to each ship, the EU should accept that doing a job properly takes time.

If the UK shows leadership, others will follow.  So, Mr Cameron, here is your chance.

House of Cards Season 2 Out on Blu-Ray & DVD

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“The first drops of blood have been spilt. The bullet grazed my cheek, but I haven’t fallen.”

Back-channelling, briefing against colleagues and undermining political rivals – today is an apt day for the release of House of Cards: Season 2 on Blu-ray & DVD. You can order your copy of the must-see television series starring Kevin Spacey here.

Did you think I’d forgotten you…

Survey Says…

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According to an Ipsos Mori poll the Guido Fawkes Blog is the publication most read by MPs either online or in print. In case you were wondering it wasn’t commissioned by our advertising representatives MessageSpace. According to the research no other blog, political news website or newspaper is read by more MPs than Guido. We’re immensely proud, though not too surprised.

We don’t tend to do many interviews, waffling wordy comment pieces or publish rehashed press releases.  We get political stories quicker than most of our rivals, we’re more fun and we combine hard news with tittle-tattle, high brow and low brow into a hopefully compelling product. It is a formula that has seen us consistently top reader satisfaction surveys for a decade. From the Prime Minister down to A-Level politics students, we know that staying in touch with what our readers want is why we’re #1. You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…

Looking for the Key to Number 10?

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Someone’s found it. And with only a year till the election, they’re giving it away.

Public concern about the housing shortage has doubled over the past six years. It’s the fifth most important issue for voters right now, and the one that could tip the balance come next May.

Put in place a plan to build more homes, and you might just open the door to five years of government.  Yet no one has their solutions yet on how to go about it.

Fortunately for them, someone’s done the groundwork.

KPMG and Shelter have created a blueprint for the next government to build the homes we all need. And it’s possible to put in place in a single parliament.

So if you’re looking to move next May, start measuring the curtains now – the key to Number 10 is right here.

London and the UK – Propelling World Trade

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Shipping, ports and maritime business services are at the heart of the UK economy.  We move 95% of the UK’s international trade, support 537,000 UK jobs, contribute £32bn to GDP and pay £8.5bn in tax – all because the UK is known across the world as the best place to do maritime business.

But that status is under threat. Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong are all aggressively seeking to take that business from us.  If our economy is to thrive, we must not let them.

It is for that reason that Maritime UK, together with other industry partners, is hosting the inaugural London International Shipping Week.

Next week, London will welcome Chairmen, CEOs and senior figures from across the world, operating in every field of maritime business, to see for themselves what makes the UK special.  Ministers from across Government will have the opportunity to listen to, and learn from the investors our economy relies upon.  It is an opportunity that they must take.

Our long and proud history as a maritime nation has provided an unrivalled wealth of expertise, passed on through the generations that no emerging economy could ever hope to replicate.  So it is right that we use our maritime past to create our maritime future.

The world’s largest shipping companies, most innovative port operators, and the most comprehensive list of ship finance, insurance, broking and legal firms are all to be found here – underpinned by a level of expertise, integrity and thought-leadership that cannot be found elsewhere.

But in times past, the UK has been too quiet in promoting its greatest strengths.  London International Shipping Week marks a new chapter, where we openly market ourselves to the world – where we stand together to say we do not just want to compete in the global race, we want to win it.

But if we are to build the environment where winning new investment is possible, we need an end to political point-scoring on taxation, skills and training. Instead, we must develop a mature, cross-party consensus that commits to making the UK the most competitive place in the world.  If that happens, new growth and quality new jobs will follow.  London International Shipping Week, we hope, will begin that process.

By fighting to keep the UK at the heart of international trade, we are doing our part both for the UK economy, and its standing in the world.

The UK is open for maritime business – in the coming days we will prove it.

Keep track of LISW by following us on Twitter or on our website.

Jonathan Roberts
Head of Maritime UK

Tuesday #CPC11 Top Ten Fringe Events

Updated courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have downloaded the free App or registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, we bring you the most popular fringe events:

#1 How The Conservatives Can Win The Next Election

#2 Peter Oborne In Conversation With The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

#3 Winning Campaigns

#4 Cameron’s Candidates? Primaries, the A-list and the way forward

#5 Mayor Boris Johnson in conversation with Iain Dale, broadcast live on LBC

#6 Beers of Europe

#7 After The Coalition: The future Conservative agenda for Britain

#8 ResPublica ResCeption

#9 TRG Late Night Reception

#10 Coalition Blues: Can the Conservatives win outright in 2015?

Go to My.Fringelist.com and register for event reminders. Handily the App works even when you are in the conference zone and can’t get a phone signal…

Early Bird Top Tory Fringe Events

Courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have downloaded the free App or registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, we bring you the top 10 most popular fringe events:

#1 Winning Campaigns[…]

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Top 10 Most Popular Fringe Events at Tory Conference

Courtesy of the FringeList.com service, based on users who have registered to receive free SMS text message reminders to attend events, the top 10 most popular events on the fringe are in order:

  1. Iain Dale’s Diary Blogreaders Comedy Night
  2. The

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Paintball Aftermath

The Xmas Paintball Match united the politicians from Labour and the Tories against the anti-politicians from the Taxpayers’ Alliance, Big Brother Watch and Guy News on the other side.  Guido is happy to report that the politicians took an awful […]

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#BlogWars ’09

Guido is off to physically wage war tonight on politicians, we’ll find out if Labour are “fighters and believers”, if the Tories “will fight and Britain will win”The Guy News team will be impartially shooting at both […]

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