Builders to make the case for new housing at party conferences

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and the National House Building Council (NHBC) are jointly hosting a series of fringe events at this year’s political party conferences. The purpose of the events will be to call for new housebuilding to be a priority for the next government.

The events will consist of a panel debate on the future of housing at the Labour and Conservative party conferences. At the events, audience members will have the chance to ask politicians and housebuilding experts the tough questions of how and where we build the new homes.

The events will be supporting the wider “Homes for Britain” campaign with the aim of ensuring that housing is high up the political agenda as we approach the next general election. The NFB will also be launching its manifesto for the 2015 election at the events.

Our speaker line up is as follows:

Labour Party Conference – The future of housing: how and where will we build the new homes?
17:30 – 18:45, Sunday 21 September
Central 5 (Secure Zone)

· Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government
· Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, Deputy Leader of the LGA Housing Group and Member of the LGA Resources Board
· James Hulme, Strategic Policy Adviser, National Federation of Builders
· Lewis Sidnick, Director of Corporate Affairs, NHBC
· Anne Ashworth, Assistant Editor (Property and Personal Finance), The Times (event chair)

Conservative Party Conference – The future of housing: how and where will we build the new homes?
16.00 – 17.30, Sunday 28 September
ConservativeHome Marquee (Secure zone)

· Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Housing and Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government
· Cllr Mike Jones, Chair, LGA Housing and Environment Board and Leader of Chester and Cheshire West Council
· James Hulme, Strategic Policy Adviser, National Federation of Builders
· Lewis Sidnick, Director of Corporate Affairs, NHBC
· Paul Goodman, ConservativeHome (event chair)