About TOTP


A series of inclusive, bottom-up, democratic events around the UK in 2012 to stimulate policy ideas using the following format:

  • 60 seconds each to present policy (maximum of 20 speakers)
  • 2 mins audience Q&A per policy
  • One vote – One Top Policy
  • Labour Shadow teams often chair events.

Events in 2014:

Events agreed for 2015 (details TBC):
  • Top of the Policies on Health – chaired by Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Public Health Minister

Events under consideration: 

  • More soon…

If you would like to sponsor or be a partner organisationfor any of the above events, please get in touch @johnslinger

Previous events in 2013

  • Labour Party Conference 2013 – Top of the Manifesto Policies, Monday 23 September, 7.00-9.00pm. Special guest – Angela Eagle MP. Details here.
  • Top Of The Policies Newham – Thursday 19 September, Chaired by MP Lyn Brown and Shadow Minister Stephen Timms MP. Details here
  • Supporting Entrepreneurs –  Tuesday 11 June, Chaired by Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; venue Barley Mow pub, Horseferry Road, SW1, evening, more details here.
  • Unions21 Annual Conference event (‘ Sharpening the Sword of Social Justice) – Friday 8 March, Congress House. Details here.
  • Growth – Chaired by Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Small Business Minister, 12 February.
  • Transport and communities – Chaired by Maria Eagle MP, Shadow Transport Secretary, 24 January.

Previous events in 2012:

The first event in January 2012, focused on skills, was held in partnership with Unions21 and unionlearn (with prizes funded by GMB Southern Region) and was chaired by the Guardian’s Michael White. Subsequent events have included youth unemployment, chaired by Siôn Simon in Birmingham in February; defence/security, chaired by Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy MP in March; housing, chaired by Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey MP in May; transport, chaired by Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP in June; justice/constitutional reform, chaired by Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan MP in July (sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors and Unitas Communications); and our first local government event in September in Southwark (organised by Cllr Rowenna Davis and featuring Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith and Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter John).  Our flagship fringe event at Labour Conference 2012 was on 1 October at the Lass o’Gowrie pub (just outside the secure zone), details here. It was be chaired by The Guardian’s Michael White. At the fringe event we launched our second pamphlet. In October,  we held an event in Westminster on industrial policy, chaired by Shadow Competitiveness & Enterprise Minister Iain Wright MP. On 2 November, we held an event in Kendal, Lake District, on  Good Quality Housing for Local People and The Rural Economy, chaired by Jonathan Roberts, who chairs Labour Coast and Countryside.
Previous event in 2011:
Our first Top Of The Policies event was held at Labour Conference in Liverpool and was sponsored by GMB Southern Region and Unions21. Details can be viewed here.

Previous sponsors of refreshments at our events, or of our pamphlets,  have included;



We have also partnered for an event with:

 and Birmingham Fabian Society

If you would like to suggest another subject area, or sponsor an event, please get in touch

with  Pragmatic Radicalism Logo here

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