Adam Smith Institute at Conservative Party Conference

This year at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham the Adam Smith Institute ran three events. Firstly on the Sunday, a call for Britain to learn the lessons from cannabis legalisation around the world (more on the others later). Our event led the Evening Standard’s diary on Monday.

On Monday we released our 100 policies for Mrs May. On CapX our Matt Kilcoyne explained that if the Prime Minister backed some of our radical but reasonable policies she could go down in history as one of the great transformers. And on the Telegraph, he described the mood of conference where, for the first time, it seemed like Nimbys were on the run. Today Guido Fawkes covers our call for 10,000 refugees from Venezuela to be allowed to come to the UK.

Sam Dumitriu spoke to on about how to win young voters. It’s quite simple, paint an optimistic and positive vision for the future. Meanwhile the Guardian’s look at young Tories noted that Adam Smith Institute events attracted those least likely to be in suit and tie.

Our Ananya Chowdhury appeared on LBC with Jacob Rees-Mogg (from 7m:30s) and on the BBC alongside former intern Connor Axiotes.

Ananya & Mr Rees-Mogg on LBC

Ananya & Mr Rees-Mogg on LBC

And Sophie Jarvis, Head of Public Affairs at the Adam Smith Institute, spoke to LBC about Brexit and the Chequers Deal alongside Matt Gillow, journalist at the opinion site 1828.

Sophie Jarvis playing Matt Gillow at Chequers checkers

Sophie Jarvis playing Matt Gillow at Chequers checkers

Our second and third events were held on Tuesday. The first with Octopus co-founder Chris Hulatt, John Penrose MP, Bim Afolami MP, and Fingleton Associates’ Eleanor Mack on Boosting Consumer Capitalism and making markets work for consumers.

Daniel Pryor, Martin Cullip of the New Nicotine Alliance, and the UKVIA’s John Dunner, joined a panel chaired by the Centre for Policy Studies’ Emma Revell on how harm reduction in tobacco policy could help save a million years of life.

After the Prime Minister’s speech our Sam Dumitriu’s reminder the rents had risen fastest where councils were mostly likely to be blocked made it into the Financial Times’ coverage of Mrs May’s conference speech. His comments on freedom of movement, on stamp duty and on letting councils borrow to build can be found here.

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