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Just Say No (to the Nanny State)

  • Chester Suite - Midland Hotel 16 Peter St Manchester United Kingdom (map)

The Adam Smith Institute are hosting a series of panel discussions and debates at the Conservative Party Conference 2019 that are free to attend for any Conservative Party Conference attendees. To find out more, email

The past few years have seen a ramping up of interventions aimed at making Brits lead healthier lives: focusing on what we eat, drink, and smoke. While some argue that we should limit unhealthy choices via bans, crackdowns, and public health campaigns, others worry about the effectiveness, unintended consequences, and underlying rationale of these 'Nanny State' measures. We will discuss the punitive nature of the current nanny state and alternative, liberal methods for encouraging healthier lifestyles.


Daniel Pryor, Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute (chair) 
Philip Davies MP
Andrea Jenkyns MP
Professor Peter Hajek, Queen Mary University of London
Shaun Wooller, Health and Science Correspondent, The Sun (invited)

It's sure to be an interesting discussion, and we hope you'll be around to see it. We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in the Chester Suite of the Midland Hotel. All of our other events will also be in the Chester Suite!

The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 4:00pm.

Earlier Event: 1 October
Giving the Green Light to Legal Cannabis
Later Event: 1 October
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