NEF at Labour Party Conference

Join NEF at Labour Party Conference in Brighton this year

NEF is hosting three exciting events at Labour Party Conference in Brighton. You do not need to be a member of the Labour Party or have a ticket to attend these events, and spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 


A Radical Green New Deal is Possible

Monday 23rd September, 2 – 4pm

Fabrica Gallery


  • Maya Goodfellow — Academic and journalist
  • Miatta Fahnbulleh — CEO, NEF
  • Adrienne Buller — Policy Director, Labour for a Green New Deal
  • Graham Petersen - UCU
  • Hannah Martin - Organiser, Green New Deal UK
  • David Powell - Head of Environment and Green Transition, NEF
  • Anna Markova — Platform

The Green New Deal has become a hot topic as a growing movement demands a plan for massive investment in green jobs. It’s a radical idea and its time has come. How do we make it happen?

Join NEF for a participatory workshop at Labour Party conference in Brighton this year.

How do we build an internationalist Green New Deal for the global many? How can we ensure a just transition to a zero carbon economy that doesn’t pitch jobs against the planet? What can you do to organise for a Green New Deal in your community right now?

Learn from expert organisers and policy makers working towards a radical Green New Deal.

Please register your interest in the event here. 

This event is fully wheelchair accessible.


Change the Rules: Rally for a New Economy

Monday 23rd September, 5 – 7pm

Fabrica Gallery


  • John McDonnell MP
  • Ed Miliband MP
  • Miatta Fahnbulleh - CEO, NEF
  • Jamie Driscoll — Mayor of the North of Tyne
  • Grace Blakeley — Economist and author
  • Katie Sheehan - Campaigner with Fossetts for the People
  • Cat Hobbs — Director, We Own It

After speeches there will be complimentary drinks.

We urgently need to change the rules of an economic system that has delivered stagnating wages, insecure work, and brought us to the brink of climate and ecological catastrophe.

How do we build a new system — one that puts people and planet ahead of profit? What are some of the most exciting projects in the emerging new economy right now? How do we link up change happening from below with the transformative policies we need at the top?

Please register your interest in the event here. 

This event is fully wheelchair accessible.


Beyond the gig economy: a vision for self-employment

Co-hosted with IPSE

Mercure Hotel, Brighton

Tuesday 24th September, 2.30 – 3.45pm


  • Chair — Felicity Hannah (BBC)
  • Miatta Fahnbulleh, (NEF CEO)
  • Andy Chamberlain (Deputy Director of Policy IPSE)
  • Rachel Reeves MP
  • Nadine Houghton, (National Officer GMB)

How can we empower the self-employed workforce to ensure that the discriminations of the traditional workplace aren’t reproduced?

Since the financial crisis, the UK has had the third largest rise in self-employment of any country in the European Union. Policy attention up to now has largely focussed on stamping out forms of false self-employment — but what about the rights of those in legitimate forms?

New NEF research is uncovering the extent to which women are bearing the brunt of the lack of support and social infrastructure available to the growing self-employed workforce. The oppressions of traditional work risk being reproduced – whether low pay, inequality and discrimination, surveillance and monitoring.

This event will open up discussion on a possible policy response and bold vision for empowering the growing self-employed workforce.

Please register your interest in the event here. 

Unfortunately this event is not wheelchair accessible. Refreshments will be provided.

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