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Sustain and partner events at party conferences 2023

This year is a critical one for engaging politicians and policy makers on our food system. Sustain will be at party conferences with members and allies to make the case for a food system that is better for people, animals and our planet.

Houses of Parliament, UK. Credit: ZGPhotography | shutterstock

Houses of Parliament, UK. Credit: ZGPhotography | shutterstock

Check out our wrap-up blogs on these events, including:

Five food and farming stories from the Labour Party conference


Top five food and farming moments at this year's Conservative Party Conference


Liberal Democrats announce new food and farming policy


Liberal Democrat Conference, Bournemouth (24-27 September 2023)


Sunday 24th September

'How the Liberal Democrats can Save Our Rivers' with River Action

Time: 19.45-21.00

Venue: Bournemouth International Centre, Durley Suite (inside secure zone)


  • Tim Farron MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 
  • James Wallace, River Action
  • Ruth Westcott, Sustain
  • Ali Morse, The Wildlife Trusts
  • Amy Chapple, Redwoods Farm


Monday 25 September

'How to balance food production with delivery on environmental goals' with the Nature Friendly Farming Network

Time: 11.30-12.30

Venue: Marriott Hotel, Sandbanks Suite (outside secure zone)


  • Chair- Philip Clark - Farmers Weekly
  • Stuart Roberts, Hertfordshire farmer and farming policy advisor for the Liberal Democrats
  • Vicki Hird, head of sustainable farming, Sustain
  • Martin Lines, CEO of Nature Friendly Farming Network
  • Amy Chapple, Redwoods Farm


Conservative Party Conference, Manchester


Tuesday 3 October

'Improving the nation’s diet: how can government’s obesity policy boost the UK’s health and economy?' with Sustain, OHA, Food Foundation, Impact on Urban Health and Institute for Government

Time: 10:45-11:45

Venue: Manchester Central, Exchange 4 & 5 (Inside secure zone)


  • (Chair) Emma Norris, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government.
  • Jo Gideon MP, Member of Parliament for Stoke on Trent Central
  • John Maingay, Director of Policy and Influencing at the British Heart Foundation
  • Sophie Metcalfe, Researcher at the Institute for Government
  • Dr Alison E Tedstone, Independent Adviser and former Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England/UK Health Security Agency
  • Industry representative TBC


Labour Party Conference, Liverpool (8-11 October)


Sunday 8 October

‘Food, climate, nature - why farming matters’, with Labour Climate Environment Forum and Nature Friendly Farming Network

Time: 15.00-16.30

Venue: Pullman Hotel, Mersey Suite (inside secure zone)


  • (Chair) Abi Kay, Deputy Editor, Farmers Weekly
  • Daniel Zeichner, Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries and MP for Cambridge
  • Vicki Hird, Head of Sustainable Farming, Sustain
  • Martin Lines, Chief Executive, Nature Friendly Farming Network


Tuesday 10 October

'Recipe for Change: How can Labour use obesity policies to achieve its health mission' with Obesity Health Alliance, Food Foundation, Impact on Urban Health and the Institute for Government

Time: 10.30-11.30

Venue: ACC Liverpool, Arena Room (Inside secure zone)


  • (Chair) Emma Norris, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government
  • Daniel Zeichner, Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries and MP for Cambridge
  • [invited] Preet Gill MP, shadow Public Health Minister
  • Ben Reynolds, Deputy CEO, Sustain
  • Richard Sloggett, Founder & Programme Director, Future Health
  • Nilani Sritharan, Group Head, Healthy & Sustainable Diets, Sainsbury’s
  • Sophie Metcalfe, Researcher at Institute for Government


Member & partner events

Labour conference, Liverpool


Sunday 8 October

‘Free School Meals for all - time to invest in our children’, National Education Union

Time: 13.00-14.15

Venue: ACC Liverpool, Room 11A


  • Lizzy Buchan, Deputy Political Editor, Daily Mirror (Chair)
  • Daniel Kebede, General Secretary, NEU
  • Sharon Hodgson MP, chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food
  • Jeremy Miles MS, Minister for Education and Welsh Language


'Unlocking children’s health and education potential through great school food', School Food Review with Biteback 2030

Time: 17.00–18.30

Venue: ACC Liverpool, Room 23 (inside the secure zone)


  • Anne Longfield, chair, Commission on Young Lives
  • Sharon Hodgson MP, chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food
  • Professor Donald Bundy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • John Camp, President, Association for School & College Leaders (ASCL) & CEO Compass Partnership of Schools
  • Lucy, youth activist, Bite Back 2030
  • Anna Taylor, Food Foundation (chair)


Sunday 8 October

‘Cash First is common sense: ending the need for charitable food aid', Independent Food Aid Network

Time: 17.00-18.30

Venue: Room 11C, The ACC, King’s Dock, Liverpool (inside Conference Secure Zone)


  • Polly Jones, Head of Trussell Trust Scotland
  • Tom Pollard, Head of Social Policy at the New Economics Foundation
  • Antonia Bance, Head of Campaigns and Communications at TUC
  • Further speakers TBC. 


9 October 2023

'Health, Environment and Social Justice: Everything the Next Government Needs to Know About Pesticides', followed by a Pesticide Free Towns campaign drop-in clinic from 11-11.30am.

Time: 10am. All welcome - a conference pass is not needed for this event. Breakfast will be provided

Location: Room 10, Leonardo Hotel Liverpool - Formerly Jurys Inn, Keel Wharf, Liverpool, UK


  • Ruth Cadbury MP, former Shadow Minister for International Trade,
  • Daniel Zeichner MP, Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries
  • Jon Burke, former Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Environment and Public Realm at the London Borough of Hackney

Please register via the Eventbrite here.


'How will the Labour Party pivot the healthcare system to prevention' with Impact on Urban Health, British Heart Foundation and Policy Exchange

Time: 13.30-14.30

Venue: Policy Exchange Conference space (inside secure zone)


  • tbc


'Healthy people, prosperous lives: What is Labour’s plan for health and prosperity?' with Impact on Urban Health and IPPR

Time: 17:00-18.30

Venue: Museum of Liverpool, Education Area 3 - not in secure zone, all welcome.


  • Preet Gill MP
  • (invited) Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester
  • Rachel Sylvester, Times Health Commission
  • Peter Babudu, Chief Executive, Impact on Urban Health
  • Chris Thomas, IPPR
  • Chair: Carys Roberts, IPPR


Tuesday 10 October

'How would the public build a healthier Britain?' with Impact on Urban Health & More in Common

Time: 15.00 - 16.30

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Princes Suite 3 - outside secure zone






Published Tuesday 12 September 2023

National Food Strategy: Launched in two parts over 2020-2021, the National Food Strategy is an independent review commissioned by government to set out a vision and a plan for a better food system.

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