ASI at the Conservative Party Conference

We've got a host of great fringe events organized for the Conservative Party Conference this year. I feel a little selfish – I didn't organize them, but the line-up of topics and speakers is pretty much a dream team. Come along to as many as you can: you can watch dull speeches by politicians at home, but you can't find a panel on booze, drugs and tobacco that features Chris Snowdon, Alex Massie and Dan Hamilton anywhere else. The other events – which include speakers like Allister Heath, John Redwood and Steve Baker – will be superb as well. You don't need a Conference pass for any of the events, but do RSVP if you can so we can put out enough refreshments.

If you're around on Sunday night, come along to our Liberty Drinks at 7:30pm at Bar 38 (Peter St, Manchester).  That's just outside the cordon, so even if you're not going to the Conference you should come along for a pint. I know better than to give out my phone number on the internet, but if you need directions or have any questions you can tweet me throughout the Conference at @S8mB or you can email Sally at

Here are the details for all the events:


  The Individual v The State - The battle for lifestyle freedom


Philip Davies MP 
Daniel Hamilton, Director – Big Brother Watch 
Alex Massie, freelance journalist – Spectator blogger
Chris Snowdon, author – Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

Date: 2nd October 2011
Time: 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Location: Radisson Edwardian, Stanley / Livingstone Suite, 38-40 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP (outside the security zone)
Food and drinks will be provided

After the event we have also reserved an area at Bar 38 on Peter Street for 'Liberty Drinks' in association with the Taxpayers' Alliance and Big Brother Watch from 7.30pm. 

  Wealth Creation & The Coalition: An agenda for growth


David Gauke MP 
John Redwood MP 
Allister Heath - Editor, City AM
Freddie Cohen - Assistant Chief Minister, Jersey

Date: 3rd October 2011
Time: 12.30pm to 2pm
Location: Manchester Central Exchange 2 & 3
Lunch will be provided

 Economic Growth & The Planning System


Bob Neill MP 
Steve Baker MP
Tim Smith, Partner, Planning & Environment, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Tom Clougherty, Executive Director, Adam Smith Institute

Date: 4th October 2011
Time: 8am to 9.30am
Location: Manchester Central 5

Breakfast will be provided